Arcus Foundation

	<strong>The creation of a more just and<br />
	humane world, based on diversity,<br />
	equality, and fundamental respect.</strong></p>

About Us

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

© Jurek Wajdowicz

What We Support

Promoting respect for diversity among peoples and in nature.

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Specifically, Arcus works to conserve and protect the great apes through three program areas: 
  1. Conservation of Apes
  2. Well-Being of Apes in Captivity
  3. Apes & Ethics

© Annette L. Lanjouw

Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking institution dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Arcus' work is based on the belief that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all of its inhabitants. The Foundation works globally and has offices in New York City and Cambridge, UK. 

Our Founder

Our Founder

Learn more about Jon Stryker, Arcus Foundation founder and board president. 


Our Values & Culture

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.

Transparency Statement

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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Board & Staff

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.

Financial Statements

Download Arcus' IRS 990-PF Form.

  1. 2012 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  2. 2012 Arcus Operating Foundation 990-PF
  3. 2011 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  4. 2011 Arcus Operating Foundation 990-PF
  5. 2010 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  6. 2010 Arcus Operating Foundation 990-PF
  7. 2009 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  8. 2009 Arcus Operating Foundation 990-PF
  9. 2008 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  10. 2008 Arcus Operating Foundation 990-PF
  11. 2007 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  12. 2006 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  13. 2005 Arcus Foundation 990-PF
  14. 2004 Arcus Foundation's 990-PF
  15. 2003 Arcus Foundation's 990-PF

Employment Opportunities

The Arcus Foundation does not have vacancies at this time.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Requirement

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.

Arcus Operating Foundation

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:

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The Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports organizations around the world working to conserve and protect the great apes.

  1. Apply for a Grant
  2. Grant Forms
  3. Grantee Resources

Awarded Grants

International Wilderness Leadership Foundation
Boulder, Colo. $110,550

Orangutan Appeal UK
Effingham Surrey, U.K. $150,000

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Stories of Impact

ChimpCARE Helps Our Closest Relatives Find a Better Future

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 >>

Confiscation in Walikale

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 >>

A.P.E.S. Portal

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.