Supporting early childhood, neuroscience, and education.

Improving child and adolescent mental health.

Promoting the health of Maine’s children.

Founded on family. Focused on neuroscience, health, and education.

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How We Work

Inspired by the values of our family

For generations, the Klingenstein family has valued family involvement, patience and discipline, scientific research, measurable results, the advice of experts, and the joy that comes from helping make a difference in people’s lives.

Tackling important issues to benefit people

Klingenstein Philanthropies is committed to helping people by supporting breakthrough research in neuroscience, and by funding programs that improve the lives of children, especially in the fields of mental health, oral health, medicine, and education.

Disciplined commitments to our areas of focus

The areas we commit to are challenging and do not lend themselves to easy answers or quick fixes. They require patience and a long-term perspective. Once the decision has been made to get involved in a field, we tend to stay the course.

Current Funding Opportunities

We’re grateful for our partners in neuroscience, children’s health, and independent education. Please look through the current funding opportunities to see if there is an opportunity for us to work together.

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Klingenstein-Simons Scientific Advisor Develops Brain Implant That Lets Severe Stroke Victim ‘Speak’ Again

A research team led by Edward Chang, M.D. – former Klingenstein Neuroscience Fellow, current Scientific Advisor, and the Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF – developed a “speech neuroprosthesis” that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into…

As Attention Turns to Child Care, the System’s Unsung Heroes Ask for Recognition

A survey conducted by Home Grown, a national collaborative of funders that includes the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, found that nearly 40 percent of informal child care providers were concerned about income, enrollment and the health impacts of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fuller Project reports on the survey and the challenges faced by…

Two Former Neuroscience Fellows Receive the NINDS Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship

Richard Daneman, Ph.D. and Robert C. Froemke, Ph.D. received the 2021 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship. The award is given to faculty members who have shown dedication to superior mentorship and training in neuroscience research. Learn more about the mentoring approaches Dr. Daneman and Dr. Froemke.