The BAND Foundation
The BAND Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1999 by Burks and Anthony Lapham and their children, Nicholas and David. It seeks to advance the family’s charitable interests through strategic grant making, primarily in the areas of nature conservation, epilepsy research and climate change (the latter via an affiliated donor advised fund). The Foundation supports programs in the United States and abroad with a special emphasis on geographies with which the family has present or historic ties. BAND believes in a flexible, risk-tolerant approach to grant making, through which it seeks to provide timely support to critical issues, catalyze effective partnerships and unlock larger financial flows from public and private sources.
The BAND Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only.
Beyond our family’s longstanding passion for nature and the outdoors, we believe that today’s unprecedented pace of ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss poses one of the world’s most urgent and underappreciated crises – one with profound moral, spiritual, economic, cultural and public health consequences.
BAND funds epilepsy research with an emphasis on improving the current state of scientific knowledge and preventing epilepsy-related mortality. We also actively promote epilepsy awareness and understanding. This work is in response to the death in 2008 of Henry Lapham, the eldest son of BAND trustees Nicholas and Gardiner. An otherwise healthy four-year-old child who had only just started having seizures, Henry died from a little understood phenomenon called Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
The Green Horizons Fund is a donor advised fund that recommends grants aimed at mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The Fund will pay special attention to opportunities that complement the work of the BAND Foundation by addressing climate change through habitat conservation and restoration and better land management practices.
BAND Grant Featured in American Academy of Pediatrics Journal
A new article in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, Pediatrics, describes elements of a BAND-funded effort to increase understanding and awareness of SUDEP among health care providers and patients at Children’s National Medical Center and the University of Virginia Health System.Read More