Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
1661 Page Mill Rd.
Palo Alto, CA United States 94304-1209
Telephone: (650) 213-3000
Type of Grantmaker
- Celebrity: Business
- Family foundation
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
Total giving: $220,660,096
Established in 2000 in CA - Driven by the vision of its founders, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation enables lasting, meaningful change through sustained, scientifically sound philanthropy. Recognizing the sector's role as society's venture capital, the foundation makes bold investments and takes considered risks to attain significant results that can improve the future. The foundation seeks to achieve through philanthropy what Gordon Moore accomplished for the world of computing: to create an ever more powerful engine of progress in society. Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. In 1965, Gordon Moore made a rule-of-thumb prediction that later became known as Moore's Law. As a founder of Intel, he helped shape what we now recognize as the Silicon Valley and technology sector. Betty Moore's personal commitment to improving the experience of patients and the couple's desire to expand knowledge, conserve the natural world, and preserve all that makes the Bay Area special, guides the foundation's funding. Gordon and Betty Moore have committed to The Giving Pledge, and have pledged to give away at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.
Purpose and Activities
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
The program balances long-term conservation with sustainable use. It protects critical ecosystems, establishes models for collaboration that can be replicated and expanded around the globe, seeks to create lasting change in how land, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems are managed. There are currently three focus areas: 1) Andes-Amazon: Conserves the Amazonian forests by supporting the establishment of protected areas, transforming frontier economies and addressing the root causes of deforestation and forest degradation; 2) Marine Conservation: Supports healthy ocean ecosystems that can sustain food, jobs and recreation over the long term by aligning economic incentives with conservation goals; 3) Wild Salmon Ecosystems: Collaborates with partners from Alaska, British Columbia and Russia to protect a healthy habitat for wild salmon throughout the North Pacific .
Patient Care Program
The foundation seeks to improve the experience and outcomes people have with their care. Currently, it is exploring two areas in patient care: patient safety and serious illness care. https://www.moore.org/programs/patient-care .
The foundation has made a PRI to a conservation organization to help with purchase and upkeep of a new facility, and to a medical research institute.
San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area Program fosters, preserves, and enhances the special character of the Bay Area, where the foundation can make a difference consistent with the founders' values. https://www.moore.org/programs/san-francisco-bay-area.
The Science Program seeks to advance basic science through developing new technologies, supporting imaginative research scientists, and creating new collaborations at the frontiers of traditional scientific disciplines. https://www.moore.org/programs/science.
Fields of Interest
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Low-income and poor people
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $6,559,384,939 (market value)
Total giving: $220,660,096
Qualifying distributions: $220,660,096
Giving activities include:
$220,660,096 for grants