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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.
Learn more about Jon Stryker, Arcus Foundation founder and board president.
The inherent dignity, value and worth of all human beings around the world must be upheld regardless of race, gender, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
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As a foundation committed to removing barriers to full participation in society, we strive to apply a high level of transparency in all our operations.
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The Arcus Foundation board of directors and staff are a diverse group, reflecting the diversity inherent in the world their work is shaping. They are thought leaders who have significantly influenced thinking, and action, in the social justice and conservation movements. They bring expertise, resources, and vision to their work – along with track records as catalysts of change.
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The Arcus Foundation has the following positions open at this time:
The Arcus Foundation requires all organizations seeking funding to have in place a board-approved Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy that specifically includes and lists sexual orientation and gender identity, and requires compliance with all other applicable federal and local EEO laws. Organizations with non-compliant EEO policies will not be considered for funding.
The Arcus Operating Foundation was established in 2007 to support the work and mission of the Arcus Foundation through convenings and conferences, capacity and leadership development, research, publications and projects that increase philanthropic engagement. Visit our Arcus Publications section to view reports published by the Arcus Operating Foundation.
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Great Apes Conservation:
The Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports organizations around the world working to conserve and protect the great apes.
African Conservation Foundation
Washington, DC $95,000
Animal Protection of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM $100,000
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An alarming number of chimps live in poor, unregulated conditions in the U.S. But that number is declining, thanks to Project ChimpCARE, whose goal is to locate, assess and advocate for these chimps, and to find them appropriate housing and care. Read more >>
Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project works to improve the sustainability of mountain gorillas in the wild. Read Dr. Jan Ramer's blog post recounting a dangerous and heroic rescue in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more >>
The A.P.E.S. Portal is an online tool
that provides real-time, visual representation of information about great apes, their habitats, populations, threats and conservation efforts around the world.
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