Marcus Foundation

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The Marcus Foundation (EIN: 58-1815651) is a grant making foundation which supports a number of Jewish and pro-Israel causes. The chairman of the foundation's board is Bernard (Bernie) Marcus, co-founder and former CEO of Home Depot. Marcus is also the founder of the Israel Democracy Institute. His profile on the homepage of the IDI describes the foundation's foci as being: 'Jewish causes, children, medical research, free enterprise, and the community'. [1]

The Marcus Foundation is a major donor to the US based Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the US body that sends funds to the Israeli Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers. Between 2002-2012 the foundation donated $3,031,800 to the FIDF.[2]

Foundation Grantees

Organisations supported by the Marcus Foundation include:

ACCION USA, Alexander Hamilton Society, the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, American Friends of Brothers Aid, American Friends Of The Israel Democracy Institute, American Friends of the Hebrew University, American Friends of the Hebrew University, American Friends of Tel Aviv University, American Friends Of The Israel Democracy Institute, American Israel Education Foundation, American Jewish Committee, American Justice Partnership Foundation, American Society for Yad Vashem, American Tort Reform Foundation, Anti Defamation League, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Association of Reform Zionists of America, Atlanta Kashruth Commission, Atlanta Scholars Kollel, Bais Chana Women International, Billi & Bernie Marcus Foundation, Birthright Israel Foundation, B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, Business Executives for National Security, Camp Judaea, the Cato Institute, Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Center for Jewish Education and Experience, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Christians United for Israel, Committee for Accuracy Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) the Common Good Institute, Consortium for Public Education, Duke University (Israeli scholar program), Economic Empowerment Initiative, Emory Institute for Stud y of Modem Israel, Emory University (Middle Eastern Research Program), Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, the Federalist Society, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Friends of Yemin Orde, Friends of Intelligence Practitioners, Friends of The European Foundation for Democracy, Fuel Freedom Foundation, the Fund for American Studies, the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the Hudson Institute, Institute for Humane Studies, Institute For Jewish and Community Research, Institute for Justice, Institute For The Analysis of Global Security, Institute for the Study of War, Israel Education Resource Center, Israel Emergency Alliance, the Israel Encounter, Israel Free Loan Association, Israel On Campus Coalition, Israel On Campus Coalition, the Israel Project, Israel 21C, Job Creators Alliance, Jewish Community Centers of North America, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Community Centers of North America, Jewish Funders Network, Jewish Institute For National Security Affairs, the Jewish National Fund, Jewish Outreach Institute, Judicial Watch, Maccabi USA, the Manhattan Institute, March of the Living, the Marcus Institute, Marcus Jewish Community Center, the Middle East Media Research Institute, National Association of Scholars, National Center For Public Policy Research, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, National Legal and Policy Center, National Liberty Museum, National Strategy Information Center, Nefesh B'Nefesh, the Philanthropy Roundtable, Securing Americas Future Energy Foundation, Sports For Israel, Students in Free Enterprise, United Service Organization, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington Institute For Near East Policy, Woodrow Wilson Center, Yale University, the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Yale University. [3]







Directors (circa 2012)

Bernard "Bernie" Marcus (Chairman) (DoB 12 May 1929) | Frederick Marcus (Director) | Michael Morris (Director) | Larry Smith (Director) | Lisa Brill (Director) | Dennis Cooper (Director) | James Grien (Director) | Jeffrey Koplan (Director) | Michael Leven (Vice Chairman) | Doug Hertz (Director) | Fred Sanfilippo (Director) | Frederick Slagle (Manager Secretary/Treasurer) | Douglas P. Dinapoli (Finance Director) | Jay Kaiman (Executive Director)


Address Circa 2012:
1266 W Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA


  1. Israel Democracy Institute Website Bernard (Bernie) Marcus bio. Accessed 4 February 2015.
  2. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  3. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  4. Marcus Foundation, 990 Form, 2010
  5. Marcus Foundation, 990 Form, 2011
  6. Marcus Foundation, 990 Form, 2012
  7. Marcus Foundation, 990 Form, 2013
  8. Marcus Foundation, 990 Form, 2014