To guide the Foundation's work, directors and staff turn to Sam Cohen's life to discern the priorities and values that are his continuing legacy:
- Quiet generosity
- Supporting his community
- Helping the underprivileged
- Promoting human rights and understanding among all peoples
Although grant-making priorities and programs may vary over time, the touchstone to guide the Foundation's direction is Sam's life and the enduring value it reveals.
"If he got up in the morning and went to bed that night and felt he didn't help someone, he didn't sleep." ~ Lester Cohen, brother
"He had a heart that was full of giving." ~ Peter Lunder, friend