|Focus||Conservation, Social justice|
|Jon Stryker, founder and president
Kevin Jennings, executive director
|Mission||The mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes.|
Arcus Foundation is a global private foundation with a focus on social justice and conservation. Arcus supports work that advances equality and human rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The Foundation also funds projects focused on conservation and preservation of the great apes and their habitats.
The Foundation's named is derived by its founder from "arc" or "arch", in order "to portray the bridging of a gap, the offer of shelter, and rainbows as a symbol of diversity".
- 1 Grantmaking
- 2 Arcus Operating Foundation
- 3 History
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The Foundation’s great apes strategy funds projects that promote conservation and respect for the world’s gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gibbons, who are under threat in every country where they live.
Conservation of apes
This program area funds projects that aim to reduce threats to apes in their natural habitat, focusing specifically on protection of ape populations and habitats in high-risk areas.
Wellbeing of apes in captivity
This program area funds projects that advocate strengthening international protection of great apes in their range states and beyond and to ensure high standards of care for the great apes in captivity by providing them with effective sanctuaries.
Apes and ethics
This program area advocates increased recognition of and respect for the rights and intrinsic value of the great apes, especially the right to live free of abuse, exploitation and private ownership.
Great apes grant recipients
A selection of recent great apes grant recipients includes:
- African Wildlife Foundation
- Center for Great Apes-Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation
- Conservation International
- Fauna and Flora International
- Greenpeace Fund
- Humane Society of the United States
- In Defense of Animals
- International Primate Protection League
- International Union for Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources
- Jane Goodall Institute
- Max Planck Society
- Orangutan Foundation International
- People Resources and Conservation Foundation
- Primate Rescue Center
- Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
- Save the Chimps
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- World Wildlife Fund
- Zoological Society of London
International Human Rights
Arcus’ U.S. social justice strategy focuses on the intersection of sexual/gender justice, racial justice, and economic justice, investing primarily in youth, communities of color, and targeted faith communities, with special priority for youth of color, transgender populations, and work by and for affected communities.
Arcus’ Global Religions program advocates pro-LGBT religious voices in the Global South, the Islamic world, U.S. communities of color, transgender populations, and with influence at U.N, regional, and national policy bodies.
Social justice grant recipients
A selection of recent social justice grant recipients includes:
- Ali Forney Center
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Psychological Association
- Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
- Audre Lorde Project
- Center for American Progress
- Coalition of African Lesbians
- Crossroads Fund
- Equality Michigan
- Freedom to Marry
- Gay Men's Health Crisis
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- Global Fund for Women
- Immigration Equality
- International Federation of Black Prides
- International Lesbian and Gay Association
- Kalamazoo College
- KICK - The Agency For LGBT African-Americans
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
- Michigan Technological University
- National Black Justice Coalition
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- New York Public Library
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
- Planned Parenthood
- Ruth Ellis Center
- Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders
- Transgender Law Center
- United States Department of State
Arcus Operating Foundation
The Arcus Operating Foundation supports the mission of the Arcus Foundation through convenings, research, and special projects that increase philanthropy. In 2011 the Arcus Operating Foundation's expenses and disbursements were US$2,712,942.
Arcus Foundation was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2000 by Jon Stryker, a U.S. architect, philanthropist, social and species cause activist, billionaire stockholder, and heir to the Stryker Corporation medical supply company fortunes of grandfather Homer Hartmen Stryker, M.D. As a teenager, Stryker kept a monkey as a pet, until keeping it domestically seemed inhumane, at which point he donated the monkey to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2006, the Foundation's donation of US $450,000 went to establishing the Jane Goodall Institute's advocacy department. Primatologist Jane Goodall noted that this development "has enabled me to get a higher profile in the [U.S.] Senate and the House".
In May, 2010, Urvashi Vaid's departure as Executive Director of the foundation was announced, and Fred Davie, a former member of the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and already involved with the foundation, became its executive director. In April 2012, Annette Lanjouw was appointed as interim executive director. Lanjouw returned to her primary role as vice president of strategic initiatives and great ape programs when Kevin Jennings became executive director in September 2012.
Through a biological survey supported by the Arcus Foundation, in 2010 the Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey was given the binomial name Rhinopithecus strykeri, in honor of the foundation's president, Stryker, upon its discovery during an Arcus Foundation co-funded study of Hoolock Gibbons in Myanmar.
- "GuideStar Reports for Arcus Foundation". GuideStar. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Arcus Foundation 2011 Form 990-PF". IRS. 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Preston, Caroline (March 2008). "Compassion and Conservation: Donor champions rights of both humans and apes". The Chronicle of Philanthropy: 7–9.
- "Arcus Foundation - Conservation - What We Support". Arcus Foundation. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Arcus Foundation - Conservation - Grants Awarded". Arcus Foundation. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Arcus Foundation 2011 Annual Report". Arcus Foundation. October 26, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Arcus Operating Foundation 2011 Form 990-PF". IRS. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Jon Stryker, The World's Richest People". Forbes. October 2006.
- "SEC filings on Stryker Corp". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. December 31, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Killian, Chris (May 29, 2010). "New leadership announced for Arcus Foundation". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Arcus Foundation Appoints Annette Lanjouw Interim Executive Director". Arcus Foundation. April 6, 2012.
- Reynolds, Daniel (July 13, 2012). "The Arcus Foundation Names Kevin Jennings Executive Director". The Advocate. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Kalamazoo College Receives $23 Million Grant from Arcus Foundation to Fund Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership". Kalamazoo College. January 17, 2012.
- "Foundation gives $23M grant to Kalamazoo College". Boston Globe. January 17, 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.