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.
Study: Pandemic Magnifies Employee Child Care Needs
The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, of which the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund is a member, has funded a study illustrating the impact of employee childcare needs on businesses and economic growth. Robert Wechsler, a partner at Social Venture Partners Connecticut, reports that “employees believe childcare issues affect their productivity even more than…
Early Childhood Funder Collaborative Study Examines the Effects of Child Care on Workforce Productivity
A survey of Connecticut businesses – funded by the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, of which the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund is a member – found that the cost and availability of child care were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to child care during the pandemic reduced workforce reliability and productivity. The survey also found that…
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…
We wish to honor several generations of the Klingenstein family, past and present, as we bring together our longstanding areas of interest with our more recent work to improve the lives of those in need.