Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation awards grants to animal and wildlife organizations located across the country, however; it appears to give funding favor to those located on the East Coast of the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards general operating support grants rather than those limited to specific projects. The foundation does not award many higher education grants. Unfortunately, it lacks transparency, which restricts information about its grantmaking strategies and application process.

PROFILE: The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation was established in 1984 in New York City. The late Stephen Kellen was co-chairman of the investment firm Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings. The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation primarily focuses its grantmaking on visual arts, performing arts, secondary education and higher education. Although the foundation has considerable assets, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and has one paid staff member.

According to tax filings, Kellen Foundation also supports a number of animal welfare organizations across the United States. Past grantees in this space include Ferals in Peril, a nonprofit organization improving the lives of feral cats; and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which received a grant for its work protecting animals from abuse.

Grants range anywhere from $1,000 to over $5 million, but most fall in the $10,000 to $150,000 range. The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

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