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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-15

At A Glance

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

1661 Page Mill Rd.

Palo Alto, CA United States 94304-1209

Telephone: (650) 213-3000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $6,559,384,939

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 foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, improvements in patient care, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco, CA, Bay Area. There are significant problems facing the world today and more will arise in the future. Many problems are of a scope and complexity too large for the foundation to take head on. The foundation's funding strategies are guided by a rigorous assessment, which evaluates whether its capacity and resources can be significant factors in bringing about measurable, durable solutions.

Program Area(s)

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

Environment Conservation

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. .

Program-Related Investment

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.


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.

Fields of Interest

  • Environment
  • Science
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $6,559,384,939 (market value)

Expenditures: $252,940,630

Total giving: $220,660,096

Qualifying distributions: $220,660,096

Giving activities include:

$220,660,096 for grants