Arcus Foundation




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Budget (2015):

Revenue: $32,722,878
Expenses: $39,706,338
Assets: $179,150,389

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Not to be confused with the Arca Foundation.

The Arcus Foundation is a left-leaning grantmaking foundation associated with billionaire medical device heir Jon Stryker which, since its founding in 2000, has focused on promoting ethnic minority and LGBT interests and conserving great ape populations. In 2019, it prioritized all of its left-leaning social justice initiatives to focus on issues related to the LGBT movement. 12

The Foundation funds LGBT-interest and environmentalist organizations across the globe. Its offices are located in New York City and Cambridge in the U.K. 3 Funding goes to efforts on every continent except Europe and Antarctica. 4 Its LGBT activism funding was the largest in America as of 2012. 5


The Arcus Foundation brought in almost $38 million in 2017, including over $30 million from the group’s founder and board president Jon Stryker and the JLS Global Opportunity Fund care of Greenleaf Trust: Stryker was a founding board member of Greenleaf Trust, and his personal donation was in his family’s company’s stock. 67 Stryker’s 2017 donations are consistent with past giving. 89

The Foundation’s only other funder is the Collingwood Foundation, a LGBT advocacy funding group. The Arcus Foundation received a $10,000 donation in 2017, consistent with past donations from the Collingwood Foundation. 10


The Arcus Foundation’s two overarching missions are to protect apes through environmentalist funding and to promote LGBT activism. It gave 181 grants in 2018 which totaled over $28 million. 11

LGBT Interests

In 2013, Arcus gave initial donations to two religious-based groups to convince church-goers and pastors to support same-sex couples having the legal right to marry. The funding supported efforts in a number of African nations as well as the United States. In 2019, Arcus consolidated its social justice initiatives to more directly focus on groups which address LGBT issues. 1213

Examples of Arcus’ LGBT-related funding in 2017 include $75,000 to Advocates for Informed Choice, an advocacy group for transgender and other gender-nonconforming people. 1415 The American Psychological Association received over $100,000 for the “International Psychology Network for LGBT issues” so that the Association could increase its education, media, and policy goals. 16

The Astraea Foundation received eight grants for multiple LGBT initiatives which totaled approximately $2 million. 17 Reconciling Ministries Network received $221,528. 18

Great Ape Conservation

Ape conservation-related funding went to a number of environmentalist organizations in 2017. The African Wildlife Foundation received over $224,000 to help apes in Congo. Greenpeace Fund received $175,188 for ape conservation related to industrial agriculture and illegal logging, while the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation received $999,329 for its Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Great Apes Conservation Action Plan. 19

Save the Chimps received almost $1.6 million from the Arcus Foundation in 2017. 20


Jon Stryker is the founder and board president of the Arcus Foundation. He has given more than $500 million to Arcus, and has given more than any other Michigander who donated between 2000 and 2017. 2122

Stryker is also a board member of Save the Chimps and other environmental groups, his alma mater Kalamazoo College, and a park maintenance non-profit called Friends of the High Line. His wealth comes from his family, which made billions through a medical device company. 2324 His sister, Pat Stryker, is also a major liberal political donor.

Annette Lanjouw and Jason McGill are Co-Executive Directors of the Arcus Foundation.


  1. Arcus Foundation, Who We Are, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  2. Jason McGill, “Arcus refines social justice strategy to tackle mounting LGBTQ challenges,” February 22, 2018. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  3. Arcus Foundation, Who We Are, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  4. Arcus Foundation, Grantees, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  5. Phil Reese, “UPDATED: Nation’s largest LGBT funder changing its name?” April 26, 2012. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  6. Save the chimps, Leadership, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  7. Arcus Foundation, 2017 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  8. Arcus Foundation, 2014 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  9. Arcus Foundation, 2016 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  10. Pro Publica, Collingwood Foundation 990s page, accessed August 3, 2019.
  11. Arcus Foundation, Our Support, August 3, 2019.
  12. Staff, “The Arcus Foundation focuses on outreach to faith communities,” October 20, 2013. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  13. Jason McGill, “Arcus refines social justice strategy to tackle mounting LGBTQ challenges,” February 22, 2018. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  14. Arcus Foundation, 2017 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  15. Advocates for Informed Choice, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  16. “Arcus Foundation renews grant to support international LGBTI health and human rights initiatives,” 2017. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  17. Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  18. Arcus Foundation, 2017 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  19. Arcus Foundation, 2017 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  20. Arcus Foundation, 2017 990, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  21. Arcus Foundation, Board & Staff, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  22. Maria Di Mento, “From Alaska to Florida: The biggest living donors in each state,” June 20, 2017. Accessed August 3, 2019.
  23. Macro Trends, Stryker revenue, Accessed August 3, 2019.
  24. Forbes profile, Jon Stryker, Accessed August 3, 2019.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jon Stryker
    Founder and President
  2. Richard Burns
    Former COO
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 1997

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form PF $32,722,878 $39,706,338 $179,150,389 $19,668,457 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $47,201,229 $37,880,793 $186,020,160 $20,486,039 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $19,328,996 $39,776,167 $169,472,585 $24,946,143 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $29,760,773 $26,745,191 $171,196,458 $24,026,319 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $34,021,561 $54,397,186 $165,266,216 $34,070,333 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Arcus Foundation

    44 WEST 28TH ST
    NEW YORK, NY 10001-4212