The Klarman Family Foundation seeks to identify areas of unmet need and to advance solutions to addressing them. We believe passionately in the promise and importance of creative thinking, strategic leadership and strong organizations to help bring about change. Our intention as a Foundation is to help make measurable progress in improving the lives of others.

Our work is guided by the following principles and values:

  • We approach our work both with a seriousness of purpose and evaluative rigor, and also with an openness to tackle issues in new ways and the flexibility to make adjustments along the way.
  • Because society’s problems seem to be compounding as fast as or faster than wealth can compound, we approach our work with a sense of urgency and willingness to invest based on the opportunities to make a difference rather than the limits of an annual grant-making budget.
  • We value acting in partnership with other funders. We view these relationships as opportunities to learn and leverage greater impact. We apply what we learn to improve our philanthropic practices and outcomes.
  • We make funding decisions based on careful review of an organization’s strategies and effectiveness, leadership and financial position. Our funding is intended to strengthen organizations, often through unrestricted support, and to improve their chances of making a measurable difference.

At present, the Foundation’s grant-making has three areas of focus: advancing understanding of the biological basis of health and illness; supporting the global Jewish community and the State of Israel; and expanding access to vital services and enrichment opportunities in Greater Boston. As we are continually learning, our specific areas of focus will evolve. Our dedication to applying best practices in philanthropy will remain unchanged.