Warren B. Kanders Foundation: Grants for New York City

OVERVIEW: The Warren B. Kanders Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts and Jewish causes. It also earmarks funds for other causes like education and health.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: Established in 1994, the Warren B. Kanders Foundation was established by businessman Warren Kanders, majority owner of Safariland LLC, a global defense manufacturer based in Jacksonville, Florida. The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the Warren B. Kanders Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts and Jewish causes. It also earmarks funds for other causes like education and health.

Warren and his wife Allison are avid art collectors, owning work by contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Rudolf Stingel and Ed Ruscha. Warren Kanders was vice chair of the board of The Whitney, though recently stepped down amid criticism of how his company’s law enforcement supplies are used. He joined the Whitney board in 2006, and has donated more than $10 million to the museum trough the years.

Grants range from $3,000 to around $33,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $181,000. Past grantees have included Dia Art Foundation, 92Y, Brearley School, and Hospital for Special Surgery Fund.

The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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CONTACT:

Warren B. Kanders Foundation
2100 S. Ocean Blvd, Suite 302 North
Palm Beach, FL 33480