Naveen and Anu Jain: Tech Grants

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Moon Express, Intelius, Viome

FUNDING AREAS: Scientific Research, Women & Global, Health, Human Services,

OVERVIEW: Naveen and Anu Jain comduct philanthropy through the Naveen and Anu Jain Foundation, which gave away around $221,000 in a recent year. They are strongly involved with the XPrize Foundation, interested in finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges. Other interests include Indian causes and human services.

BACKGROUND: Naveen Jain graduated with an industrial engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and an M.B.A .from XLRI Jamshedpur. He worked for Microsoft and went on to found Infospace, which helps web publishers, service providers, and app developers monetize through Internet search solutions. He has since gone on to launch a range of companies including Intelius, Viome, and Moon Express, which is developing a robotic lunar lander to explore and mine the moon for planetary resources.

Raised in Jerusalem, Anu Jain graduated with a B.A. in business administration and economics from SUNY Stony Brook and an MBA from Rutgers University. She is the co-Founder of InfoSpace and Lavish Life. She also serves as VP of of Community Relations at Viome, a company focused on disrupting healthcare.

ISSUES:

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: Anu sits on the board of directors and Naveen sits on the board of trustees of XPrize Foundation. Naveen and family are particularly interested in finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in health, education, poverty, agriculture, and clean water. The couple launched a $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE to incentivize innovators to design a technology-based solution that sets a new safety standard for women.

WOMEN & GLOBAL: Anu is a member of Women Moving Millions, a global philanthropic community committed to large-scale investments in women and girls, which the family supports via their foundation. Other grantees have included Pratham USA, Girl Up, supporting UN programs that deal with the “health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries.”

The Jains also have an interest in their Indian community. They’ve supported places like International Digamber Jain Organization, “a USA based non-profit organization, our mission is to create and bring together the community of Digamber Jains in USA and ultimately from the whole world” ; Vedic Cultural Center; and India Association of Western Washington.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees have included Overlake Hospital Foundation, United Way, Plymouth Housing Group, and Sophia Way, which deals with homelessness in women. Much of this grantmaking appears centered around the Seattle area.

OTHER: The Jains have supported Tateuchi Preview Center in their Washington community.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Jain couple’s philanthropy to continue to track with established interest areas. Perhaps giving through their foundation will ramp up down the line.

CONTACT:

The Naveen and Anu Jain Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address:

Naveen and Anu Jain Family Foundation
227 Bellevue Way N.E., Ste. 158
Bellevue, WA 98004

LINK: Naveen Jain Website