The KARIS Foundation is a private philanthropic corporation established by David and Martha Moore and their children Andrew, Emily and Clara in December 2009. KARIS supports 501(c)(3) organizations whose purposes are to support Education, Equality and Environment.
The current KARIS Board includes David and Martha Moore of Bloomington, IN; Andrew Moore and his wife, LeAnna; Emily Pierson and her husband, William; and Clara Moore, all of whom reside in Denver, CO. The Board meets annually to review past gifts and determine distributions for the following year.
The existence of the KARIS Foundation is predicated on the strongly held belief of its founders that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” The foundation was established as a vehicle for the family to support designated charities in a meaningful way using their time, talents, and monetary resources.
Education includes but is not limited to support for the arts, literacy and scholarships.
Equality involves working for a more consistent standard of living, improving children’s issues, homelessness, and substance abuse/mental health treatment.
Environment envelops sustainability, disaster relief, animal care and survival, and cruelty prevention.
The Board must make allocations annually in each of the three areas, recognizing that there is often overlap.