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S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation


Last profile update: 12/03/2016
Last grant data update: 05/08/2018

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


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 .