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The Arca Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Arca Foundation

1308 19th St. N.W.

Washington, DC United States 20036-1602


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $56,033,848

Total giving: $2,661,440






Incorporated in 1952 in NY - The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to advancing social equity and justice. It believes that a vibrant democracy requires an organized and informed citizenry that has access to information and free expression. In pursuit of these principles, the foundation supports innovative and strategic efforts that work to advance equity, accountability, social justice, and participatory democracy in the U.S. and abroad. While its areas of focus evolve over time, it achieves its fundamental purpose by supporting efforts that affect public policy.

Fields of Interest

  • Antidiscrimination
  • Foreign policy
  • Human rights
  • National security
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $56,033,848 (market value)

Gifts received: $25,000

Expenditures: $3,621,037

Total giving: $2,661,440

Qualifying distributions: $3,247,766