Jon Schull founded the volunteer e-NABLE movement in 2013 and co-founded the Enable Community Foundation (ECF) in 2014; as of late 2016, he moved on from ECF to continue his work with e-NABLE and to conduct research on structuring online communities for the benefit of social movements. The J.M. Kaplan Fund is pleased to support that research through non-Prize grant funds, as Prize funding ended with his departure from ECF. Additionally, in December of 2016, the Fund made a separate grant to the ECF (since renamed LimbForge) to continue its promising work developing software and other tools to help professional prosthetists meet the needs of a particularly under-served community: the one in 2,000 children born with upper-limb abnormalities, a disability touching nearly every community across ethnic, religious and class lines.
Behold! New Lebanon
A model for activating human capital in rural places, this “living museum of contemporary rural life” celebrates the inventive residents of New Lebanon, New York while engaging every sector of the town.
ScholarCHIPS for Children of Incarcerated Parents
To break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration, ScholarCHIPS supports college students in the Washington, D.C. area who are among the millions of children in America with incarcerated parents.
Through a unique blend of peer mentoring, community farming, and “dirt therapy,” Growing Veterans uses sustainable agriculture as a catalyst for ending veteran isolation.
Essie Justice Group
This peer-support program’s “healing to advocacy” agenda empowers women with incarcerated loved ones to push for social and policy reform, while boosting their economic resilience.
Tackling the economic, cultural, and environmental distress of West Virginia’s collapsing coal economy, Reclaim Appalachia creates new economic opportunities rooted in a vibrant spirit of place.
Bringing local fish into schools proves a powerful way to cultivate the next generation of ocean stewards, while promoting sustainable seafood and supporting a community’s fishing industry.
To advance worker well-being, Coworker.org harnesses online tools to advocate for freelancers, independent contractors, and others in today’s gig-based workforce.
Land Art Generator Initiative
A series of large-scale public art installations seeks to transform unloved clean-energy infrastructure into wildly inspiring cultural and economic assets.
Advancing Real Change, Inc.
Using state-of-the-art investigative tools, legal defense teams can highlight an offender’s life history, reducing severe sentences and reshaping a retributive criminal justice system.