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S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-03

At A Glance

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

P.O. Box 193809

San Francisco, CA United States 94119-3809

Telephone: (415) 284-8571


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $380,428,725

Total giving: $130,609,256


Established in 2005 in CA, US; Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. is the former Chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation, a major global engineering and construction company. In 1957 he created the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation as a personal commitment to the prosperity he envisioned and desired for California. Mr. Bechtel directed the Foundation’s primary investments toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and the environment. With Mr. Bechtel’s leadership, the Foundation has played a key role in strengthening STEM teaching and learning in California, and promoting the sustainable management of California’s natural resources. In 2009, the Foundation decided to invest all of its assets – spend down – by 2020 in order to spur significant progress on these challenging issues and to do so sooner rather than later. Today, a professional staff develops and advances Foundation program objectives, works closely with grantee organizations, and builds relationships with decision makers throughout the state. The nine-person Board of Directors provides high-level guidance to the Foundation’s strategies and grantmaking.

Purpose and Activities

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund ("the Foundation") envision a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California that is a model of success and a source of innovation. The foundation invests in preparing California’s children and youth to contribute to the state’s economy and communities, and in advancing management of California’s water and land resources .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:


The program focuses on helping young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to become productive, engaged citizens. The foundation supports students and educators in STEM education and character development, and encourages effective education policy.


The program concentrates on the management, stewardship, and conservation of the state's natural resources by supporting organizations and partnerships that inform, demonstrate, implement, and advocate for improvements in water management and land stewardship. Both programs work to strengthen the link between policy and practice, which is critical to achieving the foundation's vision. .

Fields of Interest

  • Community beautification
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Leadership development
  • Natural resources
  • Science
  • Scouting programs
  • Youth development
  • Youth organizing
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $380,428,725 (market value)

Gifts received: $20,000,000

Expenditures: $175,363,109

Total giving: $130,609,256

Qualifying distributions: $138,780,815

Giving activities include:

$130,609,256 for 112 grants