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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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…

Child Care Centers Are Not Linked to COVID Spread, According to Large Study

Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund early childhood grantee Walter Gilliam, Ph.D. of the Yale Child Study Center just released his study of COVID-19 transmissibility in child care centers.  Articles describing his research are featured in the Wall Street Journal and at

Scientists are using MRI scans to reveal the physical makeup of our thoughts and feelings

David Brent is a member of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he runs a clinic for suicidal adolescents. He spoke to 60 Minutes about his work on MRI imaging of suicidal patients. Read the full article on CBS News.