In the Bible, tzedakah means “righteous behavior.” It is used as a term synonymously with "charitable giving" and is often paired with "justice." Maimonides, a Jewish Rabbi, physician and philosopher, explained the obligation of tzedakah by creating a ladder of giving levels to instruct how to give. At the lowest level is "To give but sadly," and at the highest level is, "To give in such a way as to prevent poverty." The Zarrow family strives to achieve this highest level of tzedakah.
Giving back to the community is a commitment that founders Henry and Jack Zarrow made over their lifetimes. Based on that commitment, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, and The Zarrow Families Foundation were incorporated in the 1980s.
The Zarrow families are committed to providing support for the disadvantaged (including mentally ill and mentally and physically challenged children, youth and adults and the homeless.) They do this through providing educational opportunities, social services, health and mental health programs, medical research and housing. Their geographical preference for giving is the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, and in the state of Israel.
The Zarrow Foundations only give to nonprofit entities as defined by the IRS under Code §501(c)(3) and not to individuals. You may read the IRS requirements in more detail at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p557.pdf. For information concerning deductible gifts see IRS publication 1771, located at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1771.pdf.
The Zarrow Foundations require that all nonprofit entities receiving grants adhere to an Equal Employment Opportunity statement that includes non-discrimination regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, political affiliation, or religious belief.