OVERVIEW: The J.M. Kaplan Fund supports organizations that advocate for the reduction of greenhouse gases, carbon pricing, and decreasing coal-generating activities.
IP TAKE: Kaplan typically funds large climate change nonprofits and those with which it has an established relationship.
PROFILE: Established in 1945, the J.M. Kaplan Fund was founded by Jacob M. Kaplan. Much of its endowment derived from the 1950s sale of the Welch Grape Juice company. The family’s third generation family members currently over see the fund. Kaplan funds projects that focus on New York, heritage conservation, environment, and social justice.
Kaplan’s environment program, which supports climate change, seeks to “champion the protection of threatened natural resources, and work to reduce the global impacts of climate change.” It’s grantmaking directed towards climate change seeks to “address global climate through advocacy and awareness raising.” Kaplan supports organizations that promote lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce coal-generating activities in countries with high emissions rates, and advocate for carbon pricing.
The majority of the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Learn about the kind of work the environmental work the fund supports by exploring its list of past and current grantees.
The J.M. Kaplan Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
- Amy L. Freitag, Executive Director
- Charles Moore, Program Director, Environment