Ann Kaplan and Robert Fippinger

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Women's Organizations

OVERVIEW: Anne Kaplan and her husband Robert Fippinger, a lawyer, move their philanthropy through the Frances Alexander Foundation. The couple has funded arts and culture outfits, primarily in New York City. They've also supported education. Kaplan and Robert also support women's organizations and Kaplan has a particular interest in wealth management for women.

BACKGROUND: Ann F. Kaplan holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Kaplan joined Goldman Sachs in 1977, going on to head the municipal bond department. She also made partner. In 2003, she stepped into her role as CEO of Financial Circle Group, a wealth management membership organization. Kaplan is also a partner of Circle Wealth Management, an investment advisory firm.


ARTS & CULTURE: Ann Kaplan sits on the board of Museum of Arts & Design, and her husband Robert used to be chairman of the board of the American Symphony Orchestra. The couple through their foundation have also supported places like Museum of Arts & Design, Playwright Horizons, Actors Fund of America, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, American Ballet Theatre, New York Public Library, and The Paley Center for Media. 

A component of the couple's philanthropy here also involves historic preservation. Robert is president emertius of the board of the Maine Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The foundation's grantmaking supported an exhibition called Wendell Castle Remastered. 

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Kaplan and Robert's philanthropy in this area through their foundation hasn't been overwhelming of late, but they've recently funded Smith College, Hunter College Foundation, Lehigh University, Harlem Children's Zone, and Prep for Prep, among others. 

WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS: Kaplan and Robert through their foundation have supported women's organizations such as Women's Forum of New York, Women's Refugee Commission, Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, National Council for Research on Women, MS Foundation for Women, and Jewish Women's Archives, which chronicles and transmits the achievements of Jewish women. Kaplan has also been interested in promoting wealth management for women and was once on the board of LearnVest, a financial planning company founded by a Harvard alumna. Kaplan was a big seed investor of the company. She also helped fund a Women's Financial Education Program at her alma mater Smith.

LOOKING FORWARD: It's unclear how much Kaplan and Robert are worth, but expect their philanthropy to stick with their established areas.


The Frances Alexander Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address

The Frances Alexander Foundation
1177 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Fl.
New York City, NY 10036


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