Community Affairs

Rush Community Affairs is the umbrella for the social entreprenuership and philanthropy initiatives of Russell Simmons, including his role as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Among the key components are three non-profit organizations- all with distinct missions- that share the common thread of helping empower youth through access to education, building life skills, and ultimately valuing the unique and creative capacity of each person to make a positive contribution. In addition to these organizations, Russell is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Ethnic Understanding, and serves on the Board and Advisory Boards of several organizations.

  • Diamond Empowerment Fund
  • Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • Hip Hop Summit Action Network
  • Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation