Shari Arison established The Ted Arison Family Foundation in Miami in 1981, together with her father, the late Ted Arison. It expresses the Arison family's inner moral edict of giving back to society and being deeply involved in the community. The foundation operates in the following key spheres: education, children and youth, culture, art and sports, children and youth, disadvantaged populations in distress, and disabilities and special needs, and health.
In 1993, the foundation launched its activities in Israel under Shari Arison’s visionary management, and has since invested more than US$311 million in social causes in Israel and to over 1,400 organizations.
Giving is viewed by the foundation as a great privilege and a profound responsibility, with activities based on three Jewish values: charity, acts of loving kindness, and Tikun Olam (Hebrew phrase for repair of the world.) As one of the largest private family foundations in Israel, The Ted Arison Family Foundation annually invests in numerous local projects, nonprofits, and social organizations.
The foundation operates according to business models, and, in line with the Doing Good vision, it regards philanthropy as a long-term social investment created within a framework of a clear set of goals and criteria for action.
Originally dedicated to providing solutions to social needs and giving back to the community, the foundation has evolved to embrace strategic philanthropy and social investments under the leadership of Jason Arison, the Arison family's third generation.
Shari Arison's philanthropic vision