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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Research shows links between LENA Grow participation and social-emotional growth

LENA, an Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund grantee, launched an initiative in 2021 to bring its “talk pedometer” technology and practice-based professional development to early childhood educators in Washington, D.C. Results show that participating children experienced significant increases in all domains of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), including Initiative, Self-regulation, and Attachment/Relationships, as…

Pitt Psychiatry Awarded $16.2M by National Institute of Mental Health Center

Led by David Brent, a member of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee, the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry has been awarded a $16.2M National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant focused on addressing adolescent suicide, with a focus on Black and Hispanic youth. Learn more from the University of Pittsburgh.

Maine organizations awarded Children’s Health Small Grants from Sadie & Harry Davis Foundation

The Sadie & Harry Davis Foundation, through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program, has awarded grants to 15 Maine organizations. Learn more here.