Nancy and Joachim Bechtle Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Nancy and Joachim Bechtle Foundation primarily funds arts, education, and health.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: The Nancy and Joachim Bechtle Foundation was founded in 2006. It was established by business consultant couple Nancy and Joachim Bechtle. The couple steered J.R. Bechtle & Company, an international consulting firm. The foundation does not maintain a website, which restricts further information on its priority areas and grantmaking strategies. Tax filings suggest that the Nancy and Joachim Bechtle Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts, education, and health.

Nancy served on the board of the San Francisco Symphony for nearly two decades, much of that time as the president and chief executive officer. She also was chair of Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center advisory board and suffers from the autoimmune disease. Additionally, she was director of the National Park Foundation from 2002 to 2008 and was its vice-chairman 2005-2008. Joachim, meanwhile has been on the board of trustees of SFMOMA since 2013.

Grants range from $250 to $172,500. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $445,450. Past grantees include KIPP Bay Area Schools, SFMOMA, Stanford University (Nancy is an alumna), UCSF Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, and Golden Gate National Park Conservancy.

The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.


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Nancy & Joachim Bechtle Foundation
307 5th Avenue, 8th Fl
New York, NY 10016