Tech entrepreneurs have created some of the biggest foundations in the U.S., and we can expect more money to flood into nonprofits from these leaders in coming years. We are closely tracking the most important players in tech philanthropy. Explore the profiles below to see what we're learning. An important note: while this landing page lists the wealth creators below, who are often male, their spouses often drive and lead family philanthropy, as the profiles explore.
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Brian and Tegan Acton support basic needs of low-income families with young children, education, youth, Bay Area community, human and civil rights, and more.
Rick and Donnalyn Adams back digital rights and policy, and arts and culture.
At the time of his death, the late co-founder of Microsoft had moved beyond his focus on brain research and the Pacific Northwest to give in areas such as global health, marine conservation, and wildlife protection.
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen doesn't just practice philanthropy. She teaches classes on the subject at Stanford. She also founded the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), where she continues as chairperson emeritus, and launched the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF), which helps philanthropists give more effectively.
Marc, a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, maintains a foundation with his wife, Laura Andreessen.
Brian Armstrong recently launched GiveCrypto, whose mission is to financially empower people by distributing cryptocurrency globally. He is a recent Giving Pledge signatory.
Funding areas include education and youth, health and human services, and religious causes. Connecticut, Colorado, and Florida are focuses.
Bagley and family support health and human services, and education and youth.
Former Microsoft CEO is starting to build a philanthropic track record with his wife Connie. Is keenly interested in youth, among other issues.
Philanthropic causes include education and youth, health, arts and culture, and the Seattle community.
Buddy and Charlotte Beck fund military and veterans causes, and education.
Former exec at Digital Equipment Corp. and Microsoft, C. Gordon Bell and his wife Gwen support education, digital history and rights, arts and culture, health and human services. Regional giving in Bay Area, New Jersey and Colorado.
Funding areas include education and youth.
Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff give most of their money to health care causes, but also support programs involving education and community services for the poor.
Funding causes include education and youth, religious, and global and humanitarian work. Interests include helping women and children in cities and the developing world through innovative ideas in social work.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie have engaged in limited philanthropy so far, although major gifts have supported education, arts & culture, immigrants, and medical research.
Bebo founder Birch and his wife Xochi have given significant support for charity:water and other causes.
The Bisciottis facilitate philanthropy through their Stephen & Renee Bisciotti Foundation, which funds education, human services, and Roman Catholic organizations.
The Airbnb co-founder and wife Elizabeth, a physician, are Giving Pledge signatories, and have said they're interested in funding education, scientific research, medicine, space exploration, conservation and governance.
The former Microsoft executive and his wife fund education and youth (particularly adolescent girls’ causes,) the environment, and social change.
The founder of Delphi Ventures and family give to global policy issues, veterans and Bay Area community causes.
An early tech winner with GeoCities, Bohnett is a major supporter of LGBT causes, the arts, and more.
The founder of Micro-Mechanics and wife give to education and youth, human services/humanitarian, environmental and animal causes.
Co-founder of Cisco. Donates mainly to animal welfare through a foundation he created with his ex-wife, Sandy Lerner.
The founder of the Aldus software company runs the Brainerd Foundation with his sister, Sherry. Funds have mainly gone to environmental organizations, particularly in the Northwest. The foundation has given about $66 million so far and will sunset in 2020.
Funding areas include disaster relief, humanitarian aid, economic development and the environment.
Funding interests include the arts—particularly literature—education, social programs, and medical research. Seattle organizations have received numerous grants.
Daniel Brettler and his wife Cindy conduct their philanthropy through the Brettler Family Foundation, which focuses on helping others secure shelter, food and education.
Co-founder of Google. Strong supporter of medical research, especially Parkinson's disease, poverty, support for Russian immigrants, and fighting anti-Semitism.
Early Google employee and founder of Friendfeed. Publicly solicited ideas for grantmaking and supports health, but otherwise keeps his giving private.
The founder of AOL and his wife are big believers in the power of entrepreneurship and are also keen to reinvent how philanthropy operates.
The Chainani couple support global causes, particularly in India; also education and the arts. Devindra is a veteran engineering manager at Microsoft, and some giving has been in the Seattle area.
The former CEO and chairman of Cisco and his wife give to education and youth, health and human services, and to various international NGOs.
The tech executive gives to education and youth, religious, global and human services causes.
The tech executive and investor and wife give to education and youth, community, global and religious causes.
The Airbnb co-founder and CEO has funded humanitarian and disaster relief, and has said he wants to encourage young people to be entrepreneurs.
Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist James Clark gives to higher education, mostly at Stanford University, as well as nature, the environment, performing arts, and youth services programs.
The founder of FriendFinder Networks and internet company investor has funded education and youth, the environment, and arts and culture.
The biggest gifts by this angel investor have been for healthcare, but Conway has also supported gun control and local causes in San Francisco.
Founder of Intuit. The bulk of his giving has been in the field of education, although he also supports environmental and human services causes and programs that help the poor in Africa.
While the Apple CEO's record of public giving is pretty sparse so far, Cook has pledged that all his wealth will eventually go to charity. He has also dramatically increased Apple's giving.
Dick and Barbara Couch move philanthropy through the Couch Family Foundation, which focuses its grantmaking on supporting organizations and programs that serve communities in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont and Martha’s Vineyard.
Mark Cuban has been an outspoken supporter of veterans and their families, and has also donated to causes such as cancer research and patent law reform.
Former Google executive and software engineer. Cutts has supported policy and civic action, digital rights, education, and health and human services.
The mapping billionaire's company provides in-kind services to K-12 schools, and the Dangermonds have given large sums to UC Santa Barbara.
Funding interests include education and youth, charitable research, health, and the Bay area community.
Founder of Affiliated Computer Services, later sold to Xerox. The Deason family funds education, health and human services, and arts and culture. Son Doug is interested in criminal justice reform.
Founder of Dell Computers. Gives a lot of money to healthcare research and fitness causes, education, and family economic security. His foundation is also active in global development.
Bharat Desai and his wife Neerja Sethi move philanthropy through the Ds Foundation. The couple direct millions annually to a donor advised fund, obscuring the full scope of their philanthropy. They also move philanthropy through the Desai Sethi Foundation (DSF), which focuses on underprivileged youth in Florida and Michigan.
The Desai Foundation aims to empower and elevate the health and wellbeing of women and children in India and the U.S.
Funding interests include education and entrepreneurship. Their Deshpande Foundation works to build and accelerate the development of new enterprises.
Early Google employee turned investor. David and wife Nancy Blachman support film and media, policy and civic action, STEM education, and San Francisco Bay Area causes.
Tech venture capitalist. The bulk of his giving is in the area of education, but he also supports environmental and health care causes.
Ray died in 2013, but left huge assets that his wife Dagmar is giving to philanthropy, supporting organizations fighting such diverse issues as women's rights, child abuse, and poverty.
Dorsey’s record of charitable contributions is still brief, but he has used his social media power to raise funds for charity:water, and to auction time with himself to support entrepreneurship and education.
The Drews fund health, human services and veterans, arts and media, education and youth causes.
Founder of Peoplesoft. Virtually all of his giving goes toward animal rights issues. Strong supporter of no-kill shelters.
The biotech billionaire supports higher education, as well as health causes, particularly around drug rehabilitation.
Giving focuses on Jewish causes and human services. Dunietz is an engineer at Microsoft and some grantees are in the Seattle area.
Founder of Corio; Accel Partners investor. Has given to youth leadership and education, public health, global development, and women's empowerment.
Founder of IDX, Egerman and wife Joanne are interested in policy and civic action, education, health and Jewish causes.
Founder and CEO of Oracle. Was a strong supporter of cutting-edge medical research, but has recently shifted philanthropic priorities to animals and wildlife.
Veteran microprocessor engineer and retired Google exec and wife Kathy Kwan direct their giving to educational equity at the K-12 level, jobs, and professional development.
Summit Partners tech investor and wife Bridgett provide a scholarship at Harvard Business School and support artists and the arts.
Funding areas include arts and culture, medical research, and LGBTQ causes.
Fenton, a tech company founder and venture capitalist, focuses on the Bay Area. Causes include environment, education & youth, arts. Fenton's son Peter, also a tech guy, is a trustee of the family foundation.
The Dropbox cofounder's recently-launched Dropbox Foundation is concentrating initially on human rights, but Ferdowsi and the foundation may broaden their focus in coming years.
Co-founder of Yahoo. Most of his giving goes to his alma maters, Stanford and Tulane, education reform, and environmental causes.
Carly Fiorina launched Unlocking Potential Foundation to help community-based organizations develop leadership and problem-solving skills so they can maximize their social impact.
Founder of Priceline and MissionPoint Capital. Has backed sustainable food systems, and resilient habitats and communities.
The tech investor and his wife fund health and human services, Jewish causes, education and youth, and arts and culture.
The founder of Brandsoft and family fund children's health, education and youth, human services, and religious causes.
The Freidenrichs support education and youth, health, Jewish causes, policy, and the Bay Area community.
The Friedman’s giving focuses on Jewish causes.
The Garcias move their philanthropy through the Garcia Family Foundation, which centers on education, including parochial schools, and human services, with an eye towards Arizona.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife are among the world's leading philanthropists. Much of their giving focuses on improving life in developing countries.
The Airbnb co-founder is a Giving Pledge signatory (like his co-founders). Funding areas include education and humanitarian causes. Encouraging future creatives and entrepreneurs is an interest.
Funding areas include education and youth, and the Nantucket community.
Founder of RightNow Technologies. Issues include jobs, education, family, Christian outreach, local arts and culture, and protecting the vulnerable.
The Gills fund environmental and civil rights, arts and culture, global, education and youth causes.
An early tech winner with Quark, Gill is a philanthropist of LBGTQ causes and founder of the Gill Foundation.
The Giuliani family funds education and youth, health, human services, the environment, and community causes.
Founder of RealNetworks. Strong supporter of independent progressive media, global health, and animal rights causes.
Co-founder of the SAS Institute. Most of his giving goes toward improving education and reforming the current educational system.
Mark Gorton launched the Open Planning Project to address civic space issues.
The late Intel co-founder's legacy continues to grow with contributions through the Grove Foundation to several health causes, including prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease research, to which he's given millions.
Funding areas include education and youth, and the Indian community.
Funding areas include Jewish causes, education and youth, human services, and the environment. Regular grants have gone to University of Washington among other Seattle-area organizations.
Hafer is a steady supporter of Hopelink, a community action agency in Seattle. The Hafer family has given to other causes as well as human services but keeps a low profile in philanthropy.
Brian Hamilton launched Inmates to Entrepreneurs, which seeks to assist people with criminal backgrounds in starting their own business by providing resources and mentorship. He recently started the Brian Hamilton Foundation to continue his work empowering entrepreneurs.
Funding interests include the Muslim community, and education.
Seattle-based tech investor and venture capitalist and wife Leslie support environmental, education and gun control causes.
Mike Hanlon and his wife Molly conduct their philanthropy through the Hanlon Foundation, which funds organizations that add value to the communities to which they belong.
Funding focuses on education and community development.
Netflix founder is active in education and immigration reform. Hastings and wife Patty Quillin are Giving Pledge signatories.
Co-founder of Stratus Computer and venture capitalist with Sigma + Partners. Funding areas include education, health and science research, arts and culture, and the Boston community.
The Herbolds award scholarships to students majoring in STEM subjects at several top schools. Support has gone to Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Washington and Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Not much is known about his philanthropy, except that he supports several charities dedicated to funding cancer research and other health-related causes.
Funding areas for the Microsoft veteran and tech investor include education and youth, health, and the environment.
Hitz and family support the arts, environment, science, education and community.
The venture capitalist and wife fund education and youth, Bay Area community causes, and health, particularly Alzheimer's research.
The founder of LinkedIn and his wife support a range of organizations, including those that support entrepreneurs, economic development, entrepreneurship, youth activism, education, and public policy.
Dean, a Google senior fellow, and wife Heidi Hopper are developing philanthropic interests in education, including STEM diversity and global health, among other areas.
Longtime Intel executive, now chairman of Brocade Communications Systems. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, the Michigan community, and the Bay Area community.
The Dropbox cofounder's funding interests include human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration. He recently launched Dropbox Foundation with Dropbox cofounder Arash Ferdowsi, which will focus initially on human rights.
The founder of Nvidia and his wife support education and youth and STEM education. They support Stanford University, and efforts to boost diversity in artificial intelligence.
Funding interests include higher education, health and science research, and the Chinese community. Tens of millions have gone to his alma mater, USC.
Co-founder of Facebook and current publisher and executive chairman of the New Republic. Hughes prioritizes economic development, LGBTQ rights and global health in his giving.
The co-founder of Cavium supports the Pakistani community, and global, education and youth causes.
Funding areas include education, arts and culture, and peace and conflict resolution.
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.
Tech entrepreneur and executive. Strong supporter of education, health, arts, and culture, mostly in his hometown of San Diego.
Funding interests include Indian and global causes, health and human services, and education.
Steve Jobs's widow has strong interests in education, immigration and the environment.
The Jordans support health, education and youth, animals and the environment, human services and humanitarian causes. Jeff Jordan is a tech executive and venture capitalist.
Funding interests include education, social improvement, arts, public media, and medical causes.
Internet technology innovator and wife Mary K. Austin are big supporters of the Internet Archive online library, and have interests in arts, education and affordable housing.
Amazon's first employee. His low-profile foundation supports policy and civic action, education and youth, digital rights, and health and human services.
Lotus co-founder mainly focuses his philanthropy on social and racial equity, STEM education and the environment.
Karp’s recent giving has focused on schools and education causes with which he has a personal connection, including Cal Tech, Stanford, and University of the Philippines Alumni in Minnesota.
A Microsoft Corporation veteran, Jawad Khaki and his wife Kaniz established the Khaki Foundation in December 2003 to fund essential needs and educational endeavors that alleviate poverty and suffering.
Through the Khan Foundation, the Khans support their mutual alma mater University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; education; and youth. Giving prioritizes Florida.
Co-founder of Sun Microsystems. His giving is concentrated on microloans to entrepreneurs, primarily in his native India, and on supporting his wife Neeru's education nonprofit.
Founder of Peninsula Capital. Focuses on youth, global development and higher education.
Exec at Ariba, RightPoint, NeXT, DEC, HP. An impact investor with wife Lisa through their KL Felicitas Foundation.
Koguan conducts philanthropy through the Leo Koguan Foundation, which focuses on Asian educational institutions.
Founder of online retailer Half.com; with wife Rena has given to education and youth, cancer and celiac disease, and Jewish causes.
Koum is still relatively new to philanthropy, so it's difficult to say what causes he'll support. However, he's put close to $556 million into a donor-advised fund.
The founder of Computer Discount Warehouse and his wife support education, the Jewish community, medical research, and community services.
The Krauses fund education and youth, health, and arts and culture. Much of their giving involves the Bay Area.
Instagram co-founder and wife Kaitlyn are particularly interested in criminal justice reform, as well as U.S. policy, science and global health and development.
The Juniper Networks chairman and wife Joanie channel much of their philanthropy through the 1440 Foundation, which is concerned with various aspects of wellness.
Funding areas include arts and culture, education and youth, human services and humanitarian causes, the environment and animals.
The co-founder of National Semiconductor and his wife fund work in religious, policy, education, medical and social improvement causes.
Firoz Lalji was born in Uganda and studied in the UK before building a successful chain of photo stores in Canada and the U.S. The couple funds education, the Seattle community, and global development—particularly work relating to Africa.
The venture capitalist and wife fund health, arts and culture, and education and youth.
Jeff and Erica Lawson do not appear to yet have a charitable vehicle. They are recent Giving Pledge signatories. Human services and aiding the poor appears to be an interest.
Thai Lee moves philanthropy through the Thai Lee Foundation, which supports schools with which she has a personal connection. Philanthropy through her foundation has been very modest and even negligible of late.
Through their Kaleidoscope Foundation, Leeds and Kroeker are big supporters of conservation and education, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.
Founder of Groupon. Most of his giving is focused on education, human rights, medical research (including a major grant to the Program in Human Genetics at UC San Francisco), and arts and culture.
Along with her ex-husband and Cisco co-founder, Lerner has donated more than 70 percent of the wealth she made at Cisco to charitable causes, focusing mainly on animal welfare.
A top interest for the veteran Microsoft executive and his family is tolerance in ethnic conflicts. Levin’s Winter Cove Foundation supports work toward tolerance among diverse religions, ethnic, or other communities.
Kenneth and Gloria Levy support various Jewish causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other funding has gone to education and youth, art and health.
NVIDIA Corp. co-founder. Funding areas include environment and animals, education and youth, human services, and humanitarian causes.
Funding areas include Jewish causes and child mental health. Paul worked at Microsoft and Dell; Yaffa is a trained social worker with a particular interest in infant mental health.
Education, global economic development, education, and the environment are top causes for McCaw, who made his fortune in the cell phone industry.
Tech venture capitalist and wife DeeDee support their shared alma mater, Rice University. Interests include education and youth, policy, health & human services, arts & culture and environment.
Funding interests include animals and the arts. The McNamees are developing a sanctuary for retired zoo elephants in Northern California.
McNealy has used the open source philosophy he embraced at Sun Microsystems to tackle education through a nonprofit he founded called Curriki. His family foundation also supports health and a variety of Bay Area organizations.
The entrepreneur and investor has given big to support social entrepreneurship, and for environmental and local Bay Area causes.
Funding areas include medical research, education and youth, arts and culture, law enforcement and homeland security, religious and communal organizations, civic engagement, and history.
Funding areas include efforts to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, health, education and youth.
Moore has given away well over $1 billion to a variety of causes, and there is more where that came from. He is most passionate about the environment, but has also funds in science, health and the Bay Area.
The Moores support healthcare, education, arts, and Christian evangelism.
Former CEO and chairman of Applied Materials. Funding interests include youth and children, education, environment, and community stewardship.
Tech venture capitalist. Much of his giving is focused on education, especially his alma mater, Oxford University, and supporting the San Francisco community.
PeopleSoft co-founder, Workday executive. Morris and wife Linda have long supported his alma mater SMU. Interests include animals, education and youth, human services.
Facebook co-founder has pledged to give away his entire fortune during his lifetime. The couple has a foundation making grants for global health, among other issues.
Bob Muglia and his wife Laura conduct their philanthropy through the Laura Ellen & Robert Muglia Family Foundation Foundation. The couple strives to improve global health and development.
The Snapchat co-founder has committed millions of dollars of the company's shares to philanthropy, with youth as one focus. But Murphy is only just starting out in philanthropy, so his interests will probably come into greater focus in coming years.
The Murrays’ main philanthropic interest is global development/poverty. Michael is a former tech executive who worked at both Apple and Microsoft.
Catherine S. Muther founded the Three Guineas Fund, which promotes social equity by expanding access to opportunity for women and girls.
Tech serial entrepreneur, co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors. His giving is focused on renewable energy, science and engineering education, and pediatric health.
Founder of IT systems integrator and wife Nancy are big supporters of San Antonio-area charities, with a focus on children's needs and health in the region and throughout Texas.
The InvenSense founder focuses giving on education, poverty, healthcare, non-violence and diplomacy.
Microsoft's longtime principal legal counsel, former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team ownership group. Gives to advanced science, higher education and world justice by advancing the rule of law.
Funding areas include health, human services, veterans causes, and youth. Peter worked at Microsoft and served as CEO and president of drugstore.com.
Funding interests include education and youth, health and human services, and arts and culture. Los Angeles is a region of giving.
Much of Newmark’s philanthropy backs using the Internet to leverage his donations; he encourages others to give by creating fundraising challenges to which he matches donations.
Co-founder of Broadcom. Gives mostly to education and causes related to the Episcopal Church.
Eileen Harris Norton launched the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, which seeks to achieve social and environmental justice through supporting organizations dedicated to education, families, and the environment. She also helped found Art + Practice, which is committed to supporting the needs of local foster youth while also providing free access to museum-curated contemporary art.
Peter Norton once ran a charitable vehicle with a former wife Eileen, which gave financial support to visual and contemporary non-profit arts organizations, as well as human social services organizations. More recently, he’s given several large individual donations with his wife Gwen.
Co-founder of Reddit. Interested in digital rights, community funding. Ohanian is in his 30s, so giving may evolve and expand in the future.
O’Leary has supported causes including education and climate change, but his work has been almost entirely about what he can do through capitalism and entrepreneurship.
Founder of eBay has a longstanding focus on global issues, such as health, education, and economic development, but he also supports property rights, government transparency, and technology. He has committed $250 million to advance stronger media.
The Kinko's founder gives primarily in the Santa Barbara area, focusing on early childhood education, higher education, and learning programs.
Google co-founder Page seems to channel most of his philanthropic interests through the company's giving.
Carly Fiorina launched Unlocking Potential Foundation to help community-based organizations develop leadership and problem-solving skills so they can maximize their social impact.
Samuel and Missy Palmisano conduct philanthropy through the Inglesea Charitable Trust, which gave away around $1.4 million in a recent year. The Palmisanos support schools with which they have a personal connection. Other interests include the health and global causes. Unfortunately, their foundation lacks transparency, limiting information about grantmaking guidelines.
First president of Facebook. Has given big for science, global health, civic engagement, and allergy and cancer research.
Founder of GoDaddy. Gives to traditional causes, mostly veterans and the poor, and mostly in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Grantmaking focuses on education and youth, and health, including cancer research.
Through Ubiquiti Networks, Pera donates resources and equipment to bring wireless access and upgraded technology to schools, community centers, apartments and more across the Memphis area.
Computer systems and software entrepreneur. Former presidential candidate. Supports veterans causes, healthcare, and arts and culture.
The co-founder of Nvidia Corp. funds education and youth, health, and Bay Area community causes.
Aside from a major donation for AIDS research, Ragon and his wife Susan have mainly given small gifts to organizations in the Boston area, many to faith-based groups.
Suri is a former VP and distinguished engineer at Amazon, and is currently a corporate VP at Microsoft. The Ramans support education and youth, human services, arts and culture, the environment, and education. Some of their funding goes to work in India.
Funding areas include human services and health, Indian causes and global health, education, the environment, and arts and culture. The couple’s daughters, Srilata and Srilakshmi, have important and growing roles in the family’s giving.
Key Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Giving areas include education, legal rights, arts and culture, San Francisco community.
Martine Rothblatt, who founded Sirius XM and United Therapeutics, and her wife Bina fund nanotechnology research and policy for human life extension, and scientific and medical research.
Tech entrepreneur and angel investor runs a foundation with his wife that has focused heavily on youth and education. Animals are another interest.
The Sabols conduct their philanthropy through the John and Nancy Sabol Foundation, which works to foster empathy, especially from an early age. The foundation also prioritizes the Northwest in its giving.
Chris and Crystal Sacca recently signed the Giving Pledge. They don’t yet appear to have a formal charitable vehicle but state in their letter that they have an interest in “bold and ambitious efforts to ensure health, justice, and opportunity for all of humanity and the planet we share.”
The Sachs move philanthropy through Water Cove Foundation, which largely focuses on the Boston area.
Kenan founded TIAX. Known for his $100 million pledge to alma mater MIT. Also supports arts and culture, with a focus in Boston.
Co-founder of SAS Institute. Gives a lot of money and support to education, but is also a strong supporter of conservation and the environment.
Co-founder of Broadcom, owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism. Gives to education, Jewish causes, medical research and youth services.
The investor and entrepreneur funds work for economic opportunity in California, education, and more.
Executive with Facebook, bestselling author and co-founder of Lean In. Has thus far been private with her personal philanthropy, but is a strong supporter of women's issues.
Funding interests for the veteran computer industry executive include education and youth, arts and culture, and policy.
Founder of MicroStrategy enterprise software company. His Saylor.org nonprofit provides free online courses. Philanthropy goes to education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services.
Google executive. Strong supporter of environmental sustainability and science with his wife Wendy.
Richard Schulze moves his philanthropy through the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF), which supports organizations operating in the areas of human & social services, education, including college and early learning scholarship awards and health & medicine.
Funding interests include U.S. economic policy and think tanks, higher education, medical research, and cultural organizations. Schwartz is chairman emeritus of Third Way, a non-partisan strategy center for progressives, and is vice chair at The New School.
Co-founder BEA Systems. Funding areas include global poverty and health, health, especially autism.
The Segals move their philanthropy through the Evan and Tracy Segal Family Foundation, which supports selected civic and community organizations in Social Justice and Human Kindness.
Funding areas include education and youth, health, and religious causes.
Successful memory-chip entrepreneurs Ajay and Lata Krishnan-Shah focus philanthropy on education, at-risk youth and economic empowerment for Indians.
Early investor in Google and former exec at Netscape and Amazon; major focus on education, both in the U.S. and in India, where he grew up.
Computer networking technology innovator and wife Donna Dubinsky support tech-related causes in education and culture, Jewish causes, the environment, and health.
Business software entrepreneur, founder of Siebel Systems. Engages in what he calls "catalytic philanthropy." Gives to energy research, education, fighting drug abuse, and stem cell research.
Early tech entrepreneur gives in a variety of areas, including progressive policy, education, libraries and arts.
Funding interests include education and youth, health, the environment, and Jewish causes. Brad is a former Microsoft executive and some of the couple’s giving goes to Seattle organizations.
Google's "first employee," now at the Khan Academy, is focusing most of his giving on global development and women's education.
In the Seattle area, Simonyi’s giving runs the gamut, but on a national scale, this Microsoft billionaire is mostly interested in arts and culture, and the occasional educational organization.
eBay billionaire has largely focused his strategy on investing in social entrepreneurs, but also engages in grantmaking on a wide array of global issues, including environment, education, economic opportunity, health, humanitarian efforts, social change, and sustainable markets.
Funding areas include education, youth, arts and culture, and health.
The Smiths focus philanthropy on the Bay Area. Interests include arts and museums, community, conservation, education, human rights, health.
Founder of Sorenson Media and co-founder Sorenson Capital. Funding areas are social impact, education and entrepreneurial training, global health and development.
The Snapchat co-founder has committed millions worth of the company's shares to the Snap Foundation, created with co-founder Bobby Murphy. They say Snap will benefit primarily youth, education and nonprofit arts programs.
The Spitters family has funded education and youth, international relief, medical research, and arts and culture.
Funding areas include faith-based mission services, education and training, healthcare and health education.
The wireless industry veterans are focused on the Pacific Northwest in their philanthropy. Funds go to education and youth, human services, humanitarian, and health causes.
Funding areas include education, health, the arts, public welfare, the environment, and religious life.
Former Sequoia partner has given heavily to his alma mater USC, with a focus on neuroscience, and is interested in select other causes as well.
Funding areas include arts and culture, health, human services, education and youth, and religious causes. Missouri captures a good portion of giving.
Funding areas for the Seattle-based couple include education and youth, environmental policy and practice, advocacy and engagement—much of it in the Pacific Northwest.
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Twitter co-founder and entrepreneur is jumping into philanthropy with wife, Livia, with giving for education, youth, and animal welfare.
The Stones fund education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services, and religious causes. Organizations in Stone’s home state of Indiana are often funded.
Co-founder of Kingston Technologies, gives away millions of dollars to education and healthcare programs in Taiwan. Sun is also a strong supporter of the Chinese community in California.
Pantas Sutardja and his wife Ting Chuk oversee the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Foundation, which prioritizes educational and medical causes. Foundation giving has focused on a handful of institutions of late.
Venture capitalist and wife Susan have given millions to education. They're also interested in activist media.
Taneja family giving interests include education and youth, religious, and global causes. The couple support and are involved with Khan Academy.
PayPal founder and investor is interested in science, technology, and alternatives to college.
Founder of Pegasystems. Funding areas include community health and wellness, education and youth development, particularly in Boston.
Funding areas include education and youth, policy and global issues, causes in India, and arts and culture.
Co-founder of Kingston Technologies, major benefactor of the Freedom Writers Foundation and education.
The wife of Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, Cari leads the couple’s philanthropy as President of their Good Ventures Foundation.
Mark Vadon moves philanthropy through the Vadon Foundation, which supports innovative community-based initiatives that sustain healthy thriving indigenous nations in perpetuity. The foundation recently distributed half of its assets while foundation co-founder and director Mattie Vadon resigned from the board.
Venture capitalist focuses giving in Bay Area and Montana, with support of education, health, and human services.
Qualcomm co-founder. Funding areas include education, health, Jewish causes, San Diego community.
Software entrepreneur turned investor. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism, focusing his philanthropy in his home country of India as well as East Africa and Latin America to promote economic growth.
Scored big with Broadcast.com in the 1990s and has been giving away money ever since, mostly for education initiatives in Dallas. Now putting funds into a new project to help nonprofits raise money.
Founder of Gateway gives for family violence prevention, marine conservation, and scientific research.
Walrath made his fortune in Internet advertising, and he and his wife Michelle give mostly to schools, environmental organizations, arts and culture, and humanitarian causes.
The tech executive and investor and his wife support education and youth causes.
Funding areas include the environment, and teen pregnancy education.
Infinera co-founder. Funding interests include education and the environment.
Josh Weston is the former CEO of Automatic Data Processing. Funding interests include education, culture, health and public policy.
Lynda Weinman was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked as an animator and motion graphics director in the special effects film industry. In 1995, she cofounded pioneering online learning platform Lynda.com with her husband Bruce. They don’t have a formal giving vehicle, but have given to education, youth, arts, and culture.
CEO of Hewlett Packard and former CEO at eBay. Seems to give substantial amounts to charity, but it's difficult to tell where it goes, as she has yet to establish a pattern in her giving.
Philanthropy by the retired Intel executive and family largely focuses on education and cancer care and research. They established the FamiliesCAN program to help cancer patients, and the Whittier Educational Foundation to assist underserved students in the West Contra Costa school district.
Evan Williams and his wife Sara give mostly in California, but also back issues including education and the environment.
Funding interests include Jewish causes and the Bay Area community.
Wilson is a proponent of education, particularly when it comes to giving kids access to computers and teaching them basic programming skills, and his limited public philanthropy has been in this area.
Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe brings genetic mapping to the masses. She gives grants in the areas of poverty, medical research and Parkinson's disease.
Funding areas include education and youth, Jewish causes, and the Bay Area community. Susan conducts philanthropy through a few channels, including the Troper Wojcicki Foundation, the Anne Wojcicki Foundation (named for her sister), and a donor-advised fund.
The Wakerly family focuses giving on social services, education, and economic development.
Warmenhoven and wife Charmaine focus on the Bay Area. Key interests are human services, global issues,health, education and special needs education.
Funding areas include education and healthcare. California is a region of focus.
The Whittier family supports education and youth, and health—particularly cancer research. The family established the FamiliesCAN program to help cancer patients.
Amazon executive and wife Liesl back Lyme disease research, education and global literacy.
The retired tech exec and wife back education and youth causes, and art.
The Xie brothers give to education and youth, and athletics, particularly tennis.
Yahoo co-founder/internet search engine innovator and wife Akiko Yamazaki gave $75 million to his alma mater Stanford, and millions to arts and culture in San Francisco.
Having launched Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. in 1991, Yarbrough sold it in 2014. He and his family conduct philanthropy through the Yarbrough Family Foundation, which maintains a low-profile and prioritizes organizations based in or benefitting Tennessee. Yarbrough also supports organizations that work globally.
The co-founder of Facebook and his wife oversee the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which works in the areas of education, medical research, and other issues.