The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation is a multi-generational family foundation inspired by a tradition of Tzedakah, lifelong learning, and a commitment to social justice. We are dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for young people and promoting the sustainability of our natural environment. We focus our efforts in Chicago and in communities in which family members live.
Through family engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning, the Foundation strives to improve under-resourced communities by focusing on issues of social justice. Utilizing a rigorous, compassionate, and innovative approach, we endeavor to strengthen our own family as well as families in our communities.
We believe in the importance of being a multigenerational family who engages with one another in the present, and in the pursuit of effective and impactful philanthropy. It is through the time we spend working to help others, debating strategies and building consensus that our family continues to grow together as a cohesive community of diverse individuals.
Our commitment to social justice is rooted in the Jewish tradition of Tzedakah. We believe that it is our moral responsibility to try and make the world a better, more equitable place. As such, we attempt to address root causes to societal problems and to help the less fortunate, with the ultimate goal of bringing equal opportunity and rich cultural diversity into all of our communities.
We believe that education is critical to the health and success of the larger society. We are committed to our own lifelong learning and cultural enrichment, and to bringing those same opportunities to under-resourced communities in our society.
A strong work ethic is present in all that we do - whether in our work, play, athletic endeavors or philanthropy. As a family committed to growth and advancement, we constantly seek to learn, arrive at innovative solutions, and establish new goals for ourselves. We do this with focus and discipline and with a realization that we prefer to try and fail rather than to wait for the perfect solution, or not try at all. In the process, we question our strategies; are committed to high standards; are thoughtful and empathetic in our approach; and are willing to engage in spirited discussion.
We know that our goal - seeking to better society - is lofty and that the challenges are without a single, clear-cut solution. We therefore strive to make forward-looking decisions and to be nimble and flexible in response to the changing needs of those we serve. Our approach includes embracing innovation and well-considered risk, and investing in relevant and creative solutions.
The Foundation is no longer accepting applications for the 2013 grant cycle. We are currently in the process of revising our Education grantmaking guidelines and will have additional information to share with current grantees and prospective applicants in late November of 2013. Questions about the proposal process and general inquiries should be directed to Maricar L. Ramos via email at email@example.com or by phone at (847) 681-5056.