Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Our vision is to connect in a significant way with chosen programs, making strategic contributions to achieve specific, measurable results enabling transformational change to benefit mankind.


Schulze Expands Resources of His Family Foundation

On Tuesday, June 19, 2013 Richard Schulze, Best Buy founder and chairman of the Schulze Family Foundation, today announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Dienhart as president and CEO of his foundation, a first step in expanding the resource base and impact of the organization's philanthropic activities. We are delighted with Mark's decision to join the Schulze Family Foundation," said Schulze. "Mark is a proven leader, and his knowledge will provide insight and experience to our mission of creating transformational change for mankind." View More

Wilder Foundation Caregiver Resource Center

Wilder Foundation Award

A Schulze Transformational Grant recipient for 2010, the Wilder Foundation helps family, friend and community caregivers provide care for their loved ones by assessing needs, identifying options and designing solutions. View More

Enduring Inspiration

Enduring Inspiration

Dr. David Ahlquist dares to dream of eradicating colon and rectal cancer. But first his team's stool DNA test, a highly accurate, noninvasive, early warning system, needs approval from the US FDA. View More

A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Cure for Diabetes

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation hosted a human islet transplantation symposium where eight human islet recipients shared their stories... View All


Plymouth Christian Youth Center

Plymouth Christian Youth Center

PCYC's After School and Summer Enrichment Program intentionally integrates academics and holistic youth development in an effort to improve academic achievement, reduce the achievement gap, and engage young people in learning.  This combined focus has led to the development of a rigorous curriculum and assessment process that has resulted in significant student growth in reading levels during the school year.

Spare Key

Spare Key

Spare Key provides assistance to Minnesota homeowners with critically ill or seriously injured children by making a mortgage payment on the family's behalf, allowing parents to spend time with their child. By making a mortgage payment, Spare Key provides an economic bridge for families with critically ill or injured children, preventing the downward spiral of foreclosure.

Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge

In December 2007, The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge opened its doors and became the 25th Hope Lodge and the 2nd Hope Lodge in Minnesota. The construction of the Hope Lodge has been a community effort with a $5 million challenge grant donation from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, which was matched with another $5 million from individual donations. The land was provided by the University of Minnesota through the Minnesota Medical Foundation and the University's Cancer Center.

The Hope Lodge in the Twin Cities provides over 40 private guest rooms, free of charge, to cancer patients and their caregiver who resides at least 40 miles from the Hope Lodge and who are undergoing active cancer treatment.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

Boys and Girls Clubs

Al Lenzmeier West Side Club, St. Paul, MN

A safe, encouraging alternative where children are accepted for who they are and encouraged to do their best, they'll find a place where they feel valued and understood.

The Al Lenzmeier West Side Club renovations, funded in part by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, were recently completed and a celebratory building dedication reception was held at the facility. The facility can now assist more children in the west side of St. Paul as well as an early education (ages 3-6) program for families. The new kitchen, teen area and kindergarten room are large, open and brightly decorated.