Arcus Foundation

New York, NY   |  http://www.arcusfoundation.org

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.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Kevin Jennings

Main address

44 West 28th Street 17th Floor

New York, NY 10001

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EIN

38-3332791

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Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

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The Arcus Foundation advances its mission through two programs; the Arcus LGBT Program and the Arcus Great Apes Program.

The Arcus LGBT Program supports efforts that are working to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race.

The Arcus LGBT Program supports organizations, programs and projects working in the following areas:
- Advancing LGBT Rights: Local to Global
- Religion & Values
- Racial Justice, Sexual Orientation, & Gender Identity

Michigan LGBT Rights
- Advancing LGBT rights through policy and institutional change. Funded activities can include public policy research, advocacy and community organizing projects that build public support for advancing LGBT rights in Michigan
- Building the power, voice and leadership of LGBT people of color in Michigan
- The Michigan Racial & Economic Justice Initiative, which is being piloted in Kalamazoo

National LGBT Rights
Grantmaking priorities in this area of our work are in transition. If your organization or project falls within this program, please call or email: Lucia Leandro Gimeno, Program Assistant, 212.488.3000 or [email protected]

International LGBT Rights
- Advancement of LGBT human rights within global public policy bodies
- Increased philanthropic resources supporting the advancement of LGBT human rights
- Support for the establishment and expansion of LGBT human rights through intermediary funding mechanisms

Religion & Values
- Policy change within denominations in the U.S. and globally to ensure full inclusion of LGBT people
- Development and support of religious leaders and institutions that advance a social justice agenda that is inclusive of LGBT rights
- The development of messages and communication strategies that speak to faith communities, promote the faith experience of LGBT people, and challenge/refute anti-LGBT and anti-sex rhetoric


Racial Justice, Sexual Orientation, & Gender Identity
- Increased growth, capacity, and effectiveness of LGBT organizations that are led by and for people of color
- Increased commitment to racial justice within the LGBT movement, including programs that reflect the priority needs of LGBT people of color
- Increased support for LGBT rights and LGBT people of color within communities of color


Arcus Great Apes Program
The goal of the Arcus Great Apes Program is to ensure the respect and survival of the great apes and their natural habitat. The Arcus Great Apes Program supports conservation and policy advocacy efforts that promote the survival of the great apes in the wild and in sanctuaries that offer safety and freedom from invasive research and other forms of exploitation. Support from this Fund is limited to activities that specifically impact gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gibbons.

The Great Apes Program prioritizes projects in the following areas:
- Great Apes Conservation Compatible with Economic Development: Ensuring economic development programs and systems and the legal structures and policies that support them are compatible with conservation of great apes living in the wild and sustainable natural resource management of their habitat;
- Effective and Coordinated Movement: Building, strengthening, and sustaining an effective and coordinated movement for conserving great apes in the wild and providing care and welfare to apes in captivity (including advocacy for increased public and private resources); and
- Respect for Rights and Value of Great Apes: Recognition and respect for the rights and value of the great apes, especially the rights to live free of exploitation, private ownership, and, ultimately, to significantly decrease the need for sanctuaries.

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Arcus Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/5/2016
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Board chair

Jon Stryker

Arcus Foundation

Cathy Cohen Board member

University of Chicago

Jon Stryker President/Founder

Arcus Foundation

Darren Walker Board member

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