History & Name

History & Name
Watching their children grow from young boys and girls to productive, giving adults with their own children, Harriett and John Flowers were inspired to help provide other children with the opportunity to join in this continuing cycle of positive growth and contribution to society.

They established the Russell Foundation as a family foundation in late 2004 with the intent of educating children in the skills necessary for self-reliance and success in life.  As a complement to this endeavor, the founders hope to foster a spirit of responsible entrepreneurship in the next generation, leading to economic opportunities that can benefit society as a whole.
Who is Russell? 
With five grown children and over a dozen grandchildren, it is always a challenge for the founders to remember their grandchildren’s names on cue. In a “senior” moment, “Russell” (a name none of the grandchildren bear) was inexplicably blurted out, and henceforth became the generic name for any grandchild whose name could not be immediately recalled.  Hence, the “Russell” in our Foundation’s name refers to ALL children of the world that we strive to help.