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Richard J. Kaplan

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Richard Kaplan is the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Grants Management for the Foundation.

In this position he is responsible for the initial review of unsolicited proposals arriving at the Foundation and for providing the Foundation with in-house research services and information retrieval.

Kaplan has been with the MacArthur Foundation for 13 years. During that time, he was responsible for developing the Foundation's first information center, centralized grants management system, and in-house research department.

Prior to working for the Foundation, Kaplan worked as the Senior Archivist for the Special Collections Division of the Chicago Public Library. He is member of the Board of Governors of the Information Technology Resource Center in Chicago, and a member of the Urban Institute National Center for Charitable Statistic's NTEE National Advisory Committee. Kaplan also serves on the national advisory committee for GuideStar, an Internet database that provides access to over 600,000 990-PF forms from nonprofit organizations.

His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Iowa. He went on to receive a master's degree in history and a master's degree in information science, also from the University of Iowa.

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