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.

Anthony A. Lapham (1936-2006)

Co-founder and trustee

A distinguished lawyer known for his integrity, humility, intellect and fairness, Anthony A. “Tony” Lapham was also a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist.  He treasured wild places and shared his love of them with his family – whether traversing his beloved property in the Virginia Blue Ridge, hiking in Acadia National Park, fly fishing in the American west or searching for wildlife across Africa.  He served as a director of the Environmental Defense Fund, Audubon, The Ocean Conservancy, American Farmland Trust and American Rivers.  Tony’s legacy anchors and inspires the BAND Foundation’s work.

Burks B. Lapham

Chair

Burks Lapham was a long-time chair of CONCERN, INC., a non-profit organization dedicated to the premise of community-driven action to protect the environment and nurture local livelihoods. Through her work at CONCERN, she played a central role in developing and implementing the concept of sustainable communities.  A longtime past trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Burks currently serves on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Nicholas P. Lapham

President & Treasurer

Nick Lapham is a lifelong conservationist with professional experience in the non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors.  He’s held senior positions with Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund and the UN Foundation while also serving in the State Department and White House during the Clinton administration.  Along with his wife Gardiner, he owns an organic farming business in Rappahannock County, Virginia.  Nick is a trustee of Friends of Kenya Wildlife Trust, the Virunga Fund and College of the Atlantic.

Clark S. Mitchell

Secretary 

Clark Mitchell has spent the majority of his professional career as a travel journalist and editor, exploring the world on assignment for Travel + Leisure, Endless Vacation and other publications.  From the time of his childhood in Arkansas, Clark has harbored a deep love of nature.  His early experience included working with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission on a prairie project near his hometown of Arkadelphia and with Earthwatch coring old-growth trees in Ontario’s Temagami Forest.

Gardiner O. Lapham

Gardiner Lapham (RN/MPH) is a leader in the field of epilepsy research and awareness.  She is a director and former Board Chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and a two-time chair of Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME), a biannual conference that unites scientists, patients and families to advance research and promote collaboration and understanding.  Gardiner has served as a health policy adviser at CARE, an emergency room nurse at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and a trustee of The Washington Free Clinic and Whitman-Walker Heath.

David A. Lapham

Ex Officio

David Lapham owns a boutique catering and cooking instruction firm based in New York City.  He is a trustee of the The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, NY.  Beyond interests in sustainable food systems and conservation, David is active in many LGBT causes, including combatting youth homelessness within that community.

Nature Conservation. Epilepsy Research. Climate Change.