Arcus Foundation

Our Founder

Jon Stryker
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Jon Stryker is the founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global grantmaking organization with offices in New York City, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Cambridge, UK. Arcus supports the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights, and conservation of the world's great apes. Mr. Stryker is a founding board member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Florida and Greenleaf Trust, a trust bank in Kalamazoo. He also serves on the boards of Kalamazoo College and Friends of the Highline. Mr. Stryker is a registered architect in the State of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Read the Chronicle of Philanthropy's profile of Jon Stryker here.

Watch a video excerpt of Jon Stryker accepting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Award here.


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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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

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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 >>