Kenneth and Debra Caplan

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Blackstone Group

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health & Human Services, Jewish causes, Global

OVERVIEW: Kenneth Caplan and his wife Debra move their philanthropy through the Debra and Kenneth Caplan Foundation. The couple supports their schools. Another interest is health. Their philanthropy focuses on the Northeast. 

BACKGROUND: Kenneth Caplan graduated with an A.B. in economics from Harvard College. He joined Lazard Frères and then Blackstone Group in 1997. Caplan is a senior managing director and global CIO of the Real Estate Group.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Caplan is on the board of trustees of Prep for Prep, which the couple supports. Caplan and Debra also support their schools Harvard and University of Michigan, respectively. Other grantees include East Harlem Tutorial Program, University of Pennsylvania, Harlem Village Academies, and Columbia University (for Alzheimer's disease research).

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: The Caplans appear to focus on cancer in their health giving. Grantees include Breast Cancer Research Foundation; The Lisa B. Fishman Foundation, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to raising money for lymphoma and cancer research"; Melanoma Research Foundation; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Lupus Research Alliance; and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. They've supported human services organizations including Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges.

JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include National Council of Jewish Women and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.

GLOBAL: The couple earmarks funds for organizations that work on a global level, like Sundara Fund, a "non-profit sustainable soap recycling initiatives for underserved populations in India & Myanmar"; and Pencils of Promise, a "non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world."

LOOKING FORWARD: Caplan is still very much engaged in business. Greater giving may emerge in coming years. 


Debra and Kenneth Caplan Foundation
501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123
Wilmington, DE 19809