OVERVIEW: The J.M. Kaplan Fund supports organizations that protect deep-sea beds and conserve near-shore marine ecosystems.
IP TAKE: Kaplan typically funds marine conservation organizations and those with which it has a developed funding relationship.
PROFILE: Jacob M. Kaplan founded the J.M. Kaplan Fund in 1945. Much of its endowment derived from selling the Welch Grape Juice company in the 1950s. Third generation family members currently lead the fund. Kaplan funds projects that focus on New York, heritage conservation, environment, and social justice.
Kaplan’s environment program, which supports marine conservation, seeks to “champion the protection of threatened natural resources, and work to reduce the global impacts of climate change.” It’s marine conservation efforts address deep seabed protection, conserving Chilean Patagonia, global climate change, and New York City. The fund is particularly interested in protecting the world’s deep sea beds from “destructive mining activities, while working to limit such areas from mining and minimize the adverse impacts of mining where it does occur.” Recent grantees include Pew Charitable Trusts for its efforts to place limitations on future mining operations on deep-sea beds.
The 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