Jacksonville-based entrepreneur and philanthropist

  • About Lazar Finker

    Lazar Finker is a businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Forum Capital Group. A leader in both community and business, Lazar emigrated from Russia in 1991, where he had previously established the country's first community college. Still passionate about academia in the United States, he taught at Florida Community College as a visiting professor.


    Later, Lazar Finker, along with his wife, Raissa Frenkel, decided to use their collective expertise to move into the energy sector. They made a name for themselves by establishing trade in European countries. After this venture, Lazar and Raissa decided to refocus on domestic investments.


    Lazar Finker and Raissa Frenkel now own and operate Forum Capital Group, a private equity firm specializing in real estate and seafood. They have also dedicated themselves to a number of philanthropic pursuits, such as education, medical research, and children's welfare through the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation. The Foundation was created with the intention of bringing like-minded entrepreneurs together to contribute to similar causes, including religious development, child welfare, and medical research. The couple resides in Jacksonville, Florida, though they are often traveling.

    Professional Overview

    Lazar Finker's professional portfolio, covering professional lifestyle and career development. Lazar's extensive business experience has contributed much to his knowledge on finance, recruitment, and professional leadership.

    Philanthropy Blog

    Lazar Finker has worked towards pursuing the ideals of giving back through philanthropy. Through the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, Lazar, Raissa, and the rest of their family works to improve the fields of education, religious development, medical research, and children's welfare. The Foundation is dedicated to not only giving back, but passing the values of philanthropy to others.

    Hobbies and Interests

    When not working, Lazar Finker is an accomplished musician, playing under the name Lonya. Though he plays many instruments, he is a particularly gifted violinist. Lazar is also dedicated to the Jewish community, both locally and internationally.

  • The Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation

    Lazar Finker grew up as part of a family of humble means in Russia. From his roots, he learned the spirit of generosity and listening to the needs of others. To him, giving wasn't just something to be done when convenient—it was a lifestyle. This philosophy is what spurred him to cofound the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation with his wife, Raissa. The couple wished to impart their values onto their sons Eugene and Steven and their community.

    The Foundation's Mission

    The Foundation was envisioned as an organization that would instill a desire to give in others and extend help to those in need regardless of race or religion. Through their efforts, Lazar and Raissa have gained a close-knit community of philanthropists with a shared desire to change the world through charity. Through shared accountability and a commitment to a variety of causes, the organization looks to make measured progress and helps sponsor more philanthropic initiatives every year.


    At this time, the Foundation supports the fields of medical research, child welfare, religious development, and education. They look to pair organizations in need with those able to provide help—a pursuit aided by Lazar's involvement in his Jacksonville community. The Foundation looks to find the most impactful avenues for assisting with organizations, identifying needs and updating their approach with new developments. They collaborate with other like-minded organizations in pursuit of their goals, many of whom have long-standing partnerships with the organization.


    To learn more about the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, visit them at legacyf.com.

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    Lazar Finker shares his thoughts on professional development and philanthropy.

    2019年4月9日 · Religion,Judaism,Philanthropy,Lazar Finker
    In Southern Florida, no organization exists in a vacuum—particularly any related to the area’s thriving Jewish community. Take, for example, Temple Beth Sholom Miami Beach. For the uninitiated, it’s an organization dedicated to Reformist Jewish values in the area, offering facilities and...
    2019年4月9日 · Leadership,Business,Miami,Healthcare,Lazar Finker
    At the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, we welcome creative, mission-driven approaches to business—it’s why we’ve supported the University of Miami Business School for so long. In fact, we’re so in favor of these efforts that we’re taken it upon ourselves to support MBS’s annual Business Plan...
    2019年3月14日 · Lazar Finker,Philanthropy,Entrepreneurship,Education,University of Miami
    There’s never a bad time to start on the path to entrepreneurship. It’s something the Finker-Frenkel Foundation understands very well—discovering opportunities is a big part of why Lazar Finker and Raissa Frenkel found a home in the United States. In our communities in Jacksonville and Florida at...
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