Klarman Family Foundation

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The Klarman Family Foundation Source: Klarman Foundation.org

The Klarman Family Foundation is a grant making foundation based in Boston. The organisation was founded by Seth A. Klarman, a "Boston-based pro-Israel billionaire."[1] The journalist Max Blumenthal describes Klarman as "one of the pro-Israel community’s most prolific financial angels and also one of its most ideologically hardline."[2]

The majority of its grantmaking is done on an invitation-only basis. [3]

Areas of focus

The Klarman Family Foundation describes itself as having three main areas of focus:

  • Advancing understanding of the biological basis of health and illness
  • Supporting the global Jewish community and the State of Israel
  • Expanding access to vital services and enrichment opportunities in Greater Boston[4]

Regarding Israel the foundation have stated that:

the Klarman Family Foundation maintains an unwavering commitment to demonstrating Jewish values and supporting the Jewish people and the State of Israel... We believe Israel is essential to the Jewish experience and even to Jewish survival. In an environment of growing anti-Semitism, Israel is the one Jewish state — a historic homeland where every Jew is welcome. Israel’s significance extends beyond its importance to the Jewish people. It is also a dynamic, diverse and democratic society, with an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped make it a global leader in science, technology and medicine. The Klarman Family Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and access to opportunities for all Israeli citizens so that they may benefit from the country’s prosperity.[5]

The foundation also states that it is working with Yad Hanadiv to improve educational and career opportunities for Arab-Israelis.[5]

Unusually, the Klarman Family Foundation has funded American Islamic and Palestinian organisations, with the aim, Max Blumenthal argues, of driving "a wedge through mainstream Muslim-American organizing".[2]

The American Islamic Congress is heavily funded by the foundation; it has refused to engage with mainstream Muslim civil rights groups and forbade 'members of its student arm, Project Nur, from discussing Palestine-related issues on campus'.[2]

Counterjihad network funding

The Klarman Family Foundation has also funded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. It is led by Zuhdi Jasser, "an Arizona-based physician and practicing Muslim who served as the key protagonist of the anti-Muslim propaganda film, The Third Jihad."[2] The foundation donated $150,000 to the AIF between 2011 and 2012.[6]

It has also funded the hardline neoconservative and Islamophobic Center for Security Policy, run by former Reagan administration defence official Frank Gaffney.

The foundation also donated $125,000 to neoconservative Daniel Pipes' think tank the Middle East Forum between 2000 and 2009.[7]







Foundation grantees

Organisations supported by the foundation include:

Aids Action Committee, American Anti-Slavery Group, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, American Friends of IDC, American Friends Leket Israel, American Friends of Libi, American Friends of Maoz-Seal, American Friends of Reut Institute, American Friends of Tel Aviv University, American Friends of NGO Monitor, American Friends of Yahad In Unum, American Islamic Congress, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, American Israel Education Foundation, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish World Service, American Society for Yad Vashem, American Task Force on Palestine, Anti-Defamation League, Birthright Israel Foundation, Center for Jewish History, Center for Security Policy, Central Fund of Israel, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Commentary Inc., Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) Counterterrorism and Security Education & Research Foundation (CTSERF) Environmental Defense Fund, Facing History and Ourselves, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Friends of ELNET, Friends of IR David, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Friends of Yemin Orde, Gateways Access to Jewish Education, Hadassah (The Women's Zionist Organization of American), Hasbara Fellowships, Harvard Business School, Honest Reporting, Hudson Institute, Israel Emergency Alliance, Israel On Campus Coalition, Israel Project, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Funders Network, Jewish Fund for Justice, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Jewish National Fund, Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish Women International, Jewish Women's Archive, Keshet, Magen David Adom, Middle East Forum, Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) Middle East Media Watch, New Israel Fund, One Family, Planned Parenthood, PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Seeds of Peace, Silent Spring Institute, Simon Wiesenthal Center, The David Project, The Haifa Foundation, The Israel Project, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, U.S./Israel Women to Women, Yale University[14]


Directors (circa 2013)

Seth A. Klarman (Trustee) | Beth S. Klarman (Trustee and President) | Kim McCabe (Executive Director)


PO Box 171627
Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 236 7909


  1. Max Blumenthal, "Weddady’s Free Arabs, American Islamic Congress and the pro-Israel funders who helped them rise," Electronic Intifada, 7 May 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Max Blumenthal, "American Task Force on Palestine finds funding from anti-Palestinian billionaire and a repressive monarchy," Mondoweiss, 27 Nov 2013
  3. Klarman Family Foundation Form 990, 2015
  4. Klarman Family Foundation Website Current Areas of Focus. Accessed 5 March 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Klarman Family Foundation Website Global Jewish Community and the State of Israel. Accessed 5 March 2015.
  6. Data retrieved from filings of Form 990s 2011 - 2012.
  7. MEF Funding, rightweb.irc, accessed 29 January 2016
  8. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 22 January 2016
  9. Klarman Family Foundation, 990 Form, 2015.
  10. Klarman Family Foundation, 990 Form, 2013.
  11. Klarman Family Foundation, 990 Form, 2012.
  12. Klarman Family Foundation, 990 Form, 2011.
  13. Klarman Family Foundation, 990 Form, 2010.
  14. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.