Recent News

Land Art Generator Initiative Case Study for ArtPlace America Report

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has been included in ArtPlace America's recent report as a case study. Click here to read the report: Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress.

Esq. Apprentice Featured on The Root

Esq. Apprentice, 2017 JMK Innovation Prize awardee, was recently featured on The Root. Click here to watch the video: These Future Attorneys Are Skipping Law School

David Muhammed on Youth Justice

David Muhammed, a 2017 JMK Innovation Prize Awardee, writes about the desperately needed paradigm shift in the administration of youth justice in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Click here to read more: Local Restorative Justice Could Be Best Kind of Diversion for Youth

Brandon Dennison Named West Virginian of the Year

Brandon Dennison, one of the Fund's 2015 JMK Innovation Prize awardees, was named WV Living's West Virginian of the Year. Read the whole article here:  Revisioning Appalachia

Op-Ed About 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize in Chronicle of Philanthropy

Chronicle of Philanthropy published Peter Davidson and Amy Freitag's op-ed that reflects upon the role of the Prize in the Fund's grantmaking, especially within this political climate. Read more here:The Power of Social Enterprise and Grass-Roots Decision Making: Lessons in Innovation.

The J.M. Kaplan Fund Announces the 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize Awardees

The J.M. Kaplan Fund is excited to announce our 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize Awardees. Read the press release here: Ten Emerging Social Initiatives Win 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize


Gina Clayton, 2015 Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize and Founder of the Essie Justice Group, was awarded the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize - the highest prize offered by an American college for social justice work. Read the full article: Grinnell College Awards Grinnell Prize to Gina Clayton, Founder of Essie Justice Group

DIGITAL TRADE UNIONS WILL EMPOWER TOMORROW’S SHARING ECONOMY EMPLOYEES, 2015 Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, is mentioned multiple times in Wire for their innovative idea, which many say is changing the future of worker's rights. Read the full article here: Digital Trade Unions Will Empower Tomorrow's Sharing Economy Employees


Behold! New Lebanon, a 2015 Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, received coverage in The Wall Street Journal in an August 1, 2016 article that talked about the organization's commitment toward creating a model for community economic development for tiny, rural towns across the U.S. Founder Ruth Abram speaks to the importance of such work, and explains what lies ahead in the future for Behold! New Lebanon. Read the original article here: A Place to Learn the Do-It-Yourself Arts


Innovation Prize Awardee and newly appointed President of the Board of Directors of Growing Veterans, Chris Brown, was featured in the University of Washington's online newsletter, in an article titled "Seeds of Hope".  It outline's Chris' experiences as a veteran, as well as the motivation and path behind his conceptualization of the Growing Veterans organization.  To read the article, click on this link: Seeds of Hope