The J.M. Kaplan Fund represents a distinctive blend of old and new,
near-by and global.
During my time as Chairman, I’ve been fortunate to oversee support
for some excellent grantees in both local and international realms. In
our hometown of New York, we’ve taken the lead in expanding public
access to the waterfront and the development of new parklands along the
shore; in working for public spaces and public transport throughout the
five boroughs; and in helping New York’s new immigrants enjoy the
rights and amenities of a great city. On a bigger canvas, we have taken
on the task of helping to inventory and protect the biological wealth
of the world’s ocean, particularly those parts that lie beyond
the lines of national sovereignty, and in helping restore important historical
sites throughout the world.
Our family remembers its immigrant roots and we try to apply our founder’s
dedication to a patriotism that looks outward “with tolerance and
good will.” We are staunch believers in the value of immigration
to American history and to the American future. And so I am especially
proud of the Fund’s expanded commitment to comprehensive immigration
policy reform and to honoring the achievements of recent immigrants and
the communities that welcome them.
Veteran readers will notice that the 2009 iteration of the Kaplan Fund
charts some new program courses. On those changes, and indeed on all
other matters, we invite your comments and advice.
With best wishes,
Peter W. Davidson