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Arcus Foundation

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

Mission Statement

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.

Service Areas

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International

Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes.The Arcus Foundation works globally and has offices in Kalamazoo, Mich., New York City and Cambridge, UK.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Kevin Jennings

Keywords

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gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, social justice, conservation, great apes, chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, bonobo, gibbon

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EIN

38-3332791

 Number

6671881098

Physical Address

44 West 28th Street 17th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The creation of a more just and humane world, based on diversity, equality and fundamental respect.

Programs

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Program 1

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 lucialeandro@arcusfoundation.org. 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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Service Areas

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International

Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes.The Arcus Foundation works globally and has offices in Kalamazoo, Mich., New York City and Cambridge, UK.

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ARCUS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Kevin Jennings

BIO

Kevin has a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist, teacher, and author.  Most recently, he was CEO of Be the Change, a nonprofit that creates national issue-base campaigns on pressing problems in U.S. society.  Before that, Kevin served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, heading the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where he led federal efforts to promote the safety, health and well being of U.S. students and led the Obama Administration’s anti-bullying initiative.  Kevin began his career as a high school history teacher and coach in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  During this time he served as faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance leading him in 1990 to found the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization tackling anti-LGBT bias in U.S. schools.

 

Dr. Burton has extensive experience
working for LGBT organizations and causes, with a focus on health care advocacy
and service delivery. From 1992-1994, she was the Director of Lesbian Health
for the New York City Department of Health, and also served as director of the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s Project Connect.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jon Stryker

Arcus Foundation

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