David and Patricia Giuliani: Tech Grants

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Optiva, Clarisonic

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Environment, Community

OVERVIEW: David Giuliani, his wife Patricia, and family move their philanthropy through the David and Patricia Giuliani Family Foundation, which gave away $676,000 in a recent year. Grantmaking through the foundation touches a range of causes including education, the environment, health, and human services.

BACKGROUND: David Giuliani graduated with a BSEE from UCSB in 1968 and attended Stanford University. He was a section manager at Hewlett Packard. In 1988, he cofounded Optiva and was co-inventor of the Sonicare sonic toothbrush. He was also co-founder/CEO of Clarisonic company, which sold to L'Oreal in 2011. 


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees have included Field Academy in Vermont and University of Washington Foundation.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: The Giulianis have supported Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Lifeline, Overlake Medical Center Foundation, and UW Department of Medicine Eye Institute.

ENVIRONMENT: Grantees have included Beyond Toxics and Climate Alliance.

COMMUNITY: David Giuliani is a cofounder of Washington Business Alliance, a “rapidly growing alliance of forward thinking business leaders and entrepreneurs all around Washington, working together to make Washington State all that it can be.” The family directs funds to the organization via their foundation. The family also supports media outfits KCTS and KUOW.

OTHER: The family earmarks funds for Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, and Awamaki, a “small non-profit that works to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being in rural Peru.” They’ve supported Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and the Ali Forney Center.

LOOKING FORWARD: Perhaps the family’s giving through their foundation will coalesce and deepen around a few select causes in the coming years. Giuliani’s support for local entrepreneurs should be watched. Patricia is a longtime teacher, suggesting education could emerge as another important focus area.


The foundation accepts applications at the address below:

David Giuliani
PO Box 98
Mercer Island, WA 98040