Helping people and animals in need through pride in work and education, since 2015.

George Karpus, Karpus Family Foundation

FOUNDER’S LETTER

I come from a rather humble background. My father was a sixth grade educated Pennsylvania coal miner who suffered a crushed pelvis in the mines and then worked in a sheltered work shop in Binghamton, NY later in life. My mother worked in a factory putting jackets on books. Together, they never made $20,000 in any year. My father taught me work ethic and to never quit. My mother taught me how to save and manage a budget

Armed with a strong foundation from my parents, educational experiences at St. Lawrence and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and valuable early career experiences at Bache & Co., Shearson Hayden-Stone, and Marine Midland Bank, I was able to start Karpus Investment Management in May of 1986. Thirty years ago, I could never have imagined the success that we have achieved. To me, life is all about friends, family and helping those in need.

Therefore, I have started The Karpus Family Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, with an emphasis on helping people and animals in need. Promoting education is also a goal, with the ultimate objective of helping people live a productive life. My father never realized that the sheltered workshop where he worked was subsidized by donations. He took pride in the fact that he was working and earning a paycheck. This pride and sense of satisfaction is something I hope to rekindle in people who benefit from the Karpus Family Foundation.

Sincerely,

George W Karpus Signature

 

 

George W. Karpus
President of the Karpus Family Foundation

HOW WE FUND

Eligibility:

The requesting organization must be a 501(c)(3) or equivalent whose programs/projects meet the Karpus Family Foundation’s funding purposes and key factors for funding. 

Procedure:

  • Letter of Inquiry – LOI submission is required through the online grant management portal which can be accessed by clicking the Application tab on this page. The LOI allows organizations to propose a grant idea that can be assessed for funding eligibility.
  • LOIs can be submitted at any time for review & will be reviewed within 21 days of receipt.
    The organization will then be contacted regarding the status of the LOI and how to proceed if you are invited to submit a full grant application.  
  • If the organization is invited to submit a full grant application, it will then become accessible in the online grant management portal.
  • At that time the organization can begin completing the grant application, save any work in progress as needed, and submit the application at any time.
  • Applications are accepted by invitation year-round.

Please note: An invitation to complete an application is not a guarantee of approval.

Timeline:

Applications are considered during one of our three annual grantmaking cycles.

Submission deadlines are due one month prior to that cycle’s Foundation board meeting. 

Specific deadline dates will be found on the application form.     

Applications can be submitted through the online grant management portal which can be accessed by clicking the Application tab on this page.

                                                          

Annual Grant Cycles:

1st Cycle: First quarter of the calendar year

2nd Cycle: Late Spring/Early Summer

3rd Cycle: Early Fall

FUNDING PURPOSES

A. Training and assisting disabled individuals and disabled armed forces veterans to become productive workers and lead productive lives.

B. Preventing the abuse to women and children and providing medical and health services to such abused women and children who cannot otherwise afford it.

C. Fostering the role of education in preventing community violence and reducing the threat of criminals to society.

D. Preventing cruelty to animals and caring of displaced animals; provided, however, that no support shall be provided to medical charities that cause suffering to animals.

E. Providing anti-abortion incentives and right to life education to the general Christian/Judeo public.

F. Supporting medical institutions that provide leading edge treatment and research.

G. Providing educational assistance in the form of grants and scholarships to individuals of a charitable class, provided, however that grants or scholarships shall not be awarded either to individuals who are employed by the Foundation or to the children of individuals who are employed by the Foundation.

H. Supporting organizations that promote: sound, conservative economic principals and education, free markets, capitalism, and the United States Constitution.

Key Factors for Funding

Decreased Reliance on Governmental Support:

The foundation focuses on impactful community projects filling gaps not covered by government funding. 

Preference is given to organizations with less reliance on governmental support. 

Geographic areas:

Preference is given to organizations that are operating in the Greater Rochester area, Florida, and Cleveland, OH. With some consideration for other areas in New York State as well as national organizations that align with our funding purposes. 

Responsible Fiscal Management:

The Karpus Family Foundation values responsible fiscal management, a principle reflected in its own establishment through Karpus Investment Management. 
The foundation is looking for those organizations that demonstrate efficient use of funds and responsible fiscal management. 
Primary decisions are based on an organization’s budget efficiency. 
Preference will be given to organizations that spend the majority of their budget on their mission rather than on administrative and fundraising expenses.

Please note: The application process requires specific investment information to assess financial stewardship. 

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Amazing! Sunny Mike Foundtion is such a great cause. Congrats

If you are interested in a grant from KFF this grant making cycle, LOIs and Applications need to be submitted by next week. Otherwise, applications will be delayed until the next deadline of May 1st.
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If you have not received an email from us acknowledging receipt of your completed application, then it has not been successfully submitted. Please log into the portal and check your status. We have more than a dozen still in “draft”. Thanks, Rodd

Thank you for making our work possible!

Just a wonderful family and organization! Thank you for all you do.

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We are so proud to share that The Karpus Family Foundation has generously awarded The Immokalee Foundation a major gift in their continued effort to support our ground-breaking Career Pathways Program 🎉

"Making our country great requires an investment in our youth. The Karpus Family Foundation continues to be proud to partner with the Immokalee Foundation and we thank them for bringing our attention to this great opportunity to support college educations. These students have the potential to make positive changes in the country and that all begins with values instilled in them by their community and their families." - The Karpus Family Foundation

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Way to go Karpus Family Foundation

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If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Karpus Family Foundation, our LOI and application can be completed at our online portal through this link.

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If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Karpus Family Foundation, our LOI and application can be completed at our online portal through this link.

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Thank you Association of Fundraising Professionals NY, Genesee Valley Chapter for this great honor. We are very thankful to our friends at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester for the nomination and your consideration. The Karpus Family Foundation is committed to our community and the great people who work here to make it a better place for all.Congratulations to the Karpus Family Foundation, our 2023 recipient of the Outstanding Foundation Award! You can celebrate the Karpus Family Foundation, and all of our other awardees, at our National Philanthropy Day Celebration on November 14th! Reserve your seat here: www.afpgv.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=254&Itemid=126&year=2023&m... ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Association of Fundraising Professionals NY, Genesee Valley Chapter for this great honor. We are very thankful to our friends at  Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester for the nomination and your consideration. The Karpus Family Foundation is committed to our community and the great people who work here to make it a better place for all.

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Thank you for your commitment to our community! We are grateful for your work for animals and community members alike.

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THE GEORGE W. KARPUS '68 SCHOLARSHIP

The Karpus Scholarship supports the best and brightest students from Chenango Forks High School and Greene Central High School in New York State who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies at St. Lawrence University. The Scholarship is awarded to students based on their high school grade point average (GPA) and helps to reduce the overall cost of attending St. Lawrence University.

Additional Information:

For more information on the financial aid packages available and eligibility requirements, please see the full Karpus Scholarship document at the link below:

Scholarship Information

Our Board

George Karpus, President

Kathy Karpus, Vice President / Secretary

Rodd Riesenberger, Treasurer

Debbie Haehl, Director

Donald Haehl, Director

Paul Lipari, Director

Tony Mirrione, Director

Joan Riesenberger, Director

Gerry Wenzke, Director

Kathy May, Administrative Assistant

Our Donations

The statistics below also include the “Karpus Fund” through the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Our yearly goal is to donate $1,000,000 through the RACF in addition to $1,000,000 through KFF.

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Apply

If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Karpus Family Foundation, our Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and application can be completed at our online portal through this link. You will need to complete BOTH the LOI and the application for a grant proposal.

 

REQUEST INFORMATION

If you’d like to reach out to someone on our board, but aren’t ready to apply or have a different request, please fill out our form. 

 

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GRANT RECIPIENTS

We have had the privilege of working with over 30 nonprofit organizations, including…
Miracle Field
Building Homes for Heroes
Camp Good Days
Gigis Playhouse
Veterans Outreach Center
Home Base
Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters (WASPS)
Heritage Home for Women
Angels of Mercy

EDWINS
Cameron Communit
Ministries

Humane Society of Rochester
Homeless Hounds
Satchel’s Last Resort
Puppies Behind Bars
Focus Pregnancy Help Center
Alliance Defending Freedom
Caring Choices Pregnancy Help Center
NET Research Foundation
Cancer Alliance of Naples
Hope Hall
Friends of Breakthrough Schools
Immokalee Foundation
Eagle Forum Foundation
Leadership Institute
Media Research Center
Daily Caller
Judicial Watch
Prager University Foundation
Project Veritas