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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Grantee HealthySteps Featured on PBS NewsHour

On December 17, 2020, PBS NewsHour highlighted Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund Early Childhood grantee HealthySteps as a model of adverse childhood experience (ACE) prevention. NewsHour’s report, titled “Invisible Scars: America’s Childhood Trauma Crisis”, featured a first-hand look at how HealthySteps prevents and mitigates the effects of ACEs, a silent epidemic in our country…

Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Partners Named to The Holding Co.’s Care 100

The Holding Co. an innovation lab of Pivotal Ventures, recognized 100 leaders in the care sector, including Natalie Renew, leader of the Home Grown funder collaborative that includes the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, and Jessica Sager, CEO of grantee All Our Kin.   Learn more about their ideas for shaping the future of…

Coronavirus Threatens to Push the Child-Care Industry Over the Edge

According to an August 2020 survey conducted by Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund grantee Bipartisan Policy Center, only 30% of parents with children under age 5 have sought child care during the pandemic.  This survey is cited in the Wall Street Journal’s article on the effects of the pandemic on child care.  Read the…