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J. M. Kaplan Fund

"Jacob Merrill Kaplan (1891-1987) established The J. M. Kaplan Fund in 1945 and was its president until 1977, his eighty-fifth year. The Fund was capitalized by profits from Mr. Kaplan's business operations, most notably the sale of the Welch Grape Company to the National Grape Co-operative Association in Westfield, New York." [1] The Kaplan Fund has 4 official grant programs: City Life which focuses on public spaces and services, Environment which aims particularity for marine conservation, Historic Preservation which is concentrated on preserving major archaeological sites and architecture, and Migrations, "aim[ing] to support comprehensive immigration policy reform for the United States and the integration of immigrants into local and national communities".[1]




2003 Discretionary Grant List


  • The New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fund/ The Richard D. Kaplan Donor-Advised Fund/ For the poster, "My Architect" $305,000
  • Historic Annapolis, Inc. - Legacy Campaign/General Support $270,000
  • Essential Information, Inc. - General Support $179,400
  • Regional Plan Association Inc. - General Support $160,000
  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation - The Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders $135,000
  • Manhattan Institute for Policy Research - Social Entrepreneurship itiative/SocialEntrepreneurship Fund $125,000

Other groups that received less include:



Web: http://www.jmkfund.org

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  1. , The JM Kaplan Fund, Grant Programs, Kaplan Fund Website, accessed June 7th, 2013.