"She loves to give back to the city," Davis said. "She feels that giving back is something that successful people should do."
Davis called Schoenbaum a caring person who wants to give back to the community that helped her and her husband become successful in business.
"She loves the city of Charleston," Davis said.
Schoenbaum has supported more than arts in the community. She also provided funding for the soccer fields at Coonskin Park. She did so in honor of her late husband, who was an All American football player at Ohio State University.
She has supported youth and families through massive contributions to the Schoenbaum Family Resource Center on Charleston's West Side.
The center, which opened in 2002, provides support programs such as job training, educational programs and day care, said Loretta Jett Haddad, president and chief executive officer at the center.
The center has about 80,000 visits per year, she said.
"It would not have been possible for the center to open without the Schoenbaum family's contribution," Haddad said. "And it would be very difficult for these families to find these services without the center."
The Schoenbaum family provided $2.5 million to build the center and makes a yearly donation for maintenance.
Schoenbaum was exposed to philanthropic attitudes at an early age. Her grandmother had three little tin boxes that she put money into every Friday, she said.
The money was given to charitable organizations.
"And my grandmother was so very poor," she said. "But she taught me to give to the less fortunate. When you have enough for yourself, and there is so much need in the world, you should help the less fortunate.
Schoenbaum met her husband, Alex, at Ohio State and soon found that he also had a passion for philanthropy.
"He thought bigger than I did," she said.
For example, he raised $31 million for the Eastern Region of the Salvation Army over a five-year time span.
The foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to Ohio State and West Virginia University. It also has made numerous donations to the YMCA and the YWCA, she said.
"My motto for life is give while you live so you have the immeasurable joy of making the world a better place," Schoenbaum said.