Furthermore supports publication of nonfiction books that concern the arts, history, and the natural and built environment. Since its inception, the program has assisted more than 1,400 books with grants that total over $8 million. It was founded by Joan K. Davidson, who loved books for the role they play in recording our world and cultivating reflection. Furthermore is currently on hiatus as the Fund considers how to best honor Joan’s memory and legacy as a philanthropist, civic leader and champion of the publishing arts. Please join our email list if you’d like to receive updates.

The Alice Award

The $25,000 Alice award administered by Furthermore is given annually to a richly illustrated book that makes a valuable contribution to its field and demonstrates high standards of production. Books selected for the Alice short list each receive $5,000. The Alice award is currently on hiatus.

Furthermore is pleased to announce the 2023 Alice.


Joan K. Davidson

(1927 – 2023)

More about Joan K. Davidson can be found here.

The J.M. Kaplan Fund

The J.M. Kaplan Fund was established in 1945 by businessman and philanthropist Jacob Merrill Kaplan (1891–1987), who was its president until 1977. Today the Fund is managed by an Operating Board that consists of J. M. Kaplan’s seven grandchildren.