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

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


The Arcus Foundation’s social justice strategy aims to enable individuals and families of every sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and ethnicity to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self wherever they are in the world.

Read about the strategy or download the brochure.

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. Read more >>

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. Read more >>

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
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Employment Opportunities

The Arcus Foundation does not have vacancies at this time.

The Arcus Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. The Arcus Foundation strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual's race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law.

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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The Arcus Foundation's social justice program focuses on maximizing impact in its three program areas: International Human Rights; United States; Global Religion.

The Foundation invites inquiries from organizations with projects falling under these areas. For more information on the submitting an inquiry, click the links below:

  1. Grant Forms
  2. Grantee Resources

Awarded Grants

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
New York, NY $680,000

See more >>

Stories of Impact

Uniting for Social Change

Leaders from several Kalamazoo nonprofits have been given a unique opportunity to look beyond immediate needs and work for long-term change through the Arcus Foundation’s Michigan Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. Read more >>

Liberation through Religion: A Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s life traces the arc of the LGBT rights movement. Today, as the rabbi of the largest LGBT synagogue in the world, she is one of the country’s preeminent religious voices for progressive values. Read more >>