Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation awards grants to higher education institutions 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 a large number of higher education grants annually. However, 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, New York. The late Stephen Kellen was co-chairman of the investment firm Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings and known for his philanthropy throughout his lifetime. 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 grants range anywhere from $1,000 to over $5 million. Most grants however, fall in the $10,000 to $150,000 range. Past higher education grantees include Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and Wellesley College.

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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