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Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

1780 Green Bay Rd., Ste. 205

Highland Park, IL United States 60035-3276

Telephone: (847) 926-8350


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $28,524,876

Total giving: $14,381,457






Incorporated in 1957 in IL - In 1958 Mayer and Morris Kaplan, father and son, established The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation as a manifestation of their commitment to "Tzedakah," a Jewish concept of helping others and encouraging justice. A large portion of the Foundation's resources came from the 1986 sale of the family's business, Sealy Mattress Company, and a bequest of funds from lifelong friend Jerome Joss.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for education and the environment.

Fields of Interest

  • College preparation
  • Education
  • Education services
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Environment
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $28,524,876 (market value)

Gifts received: $3,218,193

Expenditures: $15,160,460

Total giving: $14,381,457

Qualifying distributions: $14,765,083