Chenwu Foundation

OVERVIEW:  The Chenwu Foundation’s grantmaking involves education, human services, and religious causes in the Bay Area.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, youth, religious causes, global, causes human services

PROFILE: Established in 2009, the Chenwu Foundation was founded by technology executive Fusen Chen and family. Fusen Chen and family have ties to Taiwan and Chen graduated from the Tsing Hua University. The foundation lacks transparency in its giving, but tax filings suggest that the Chenwu Foundation funds education, human services, global, and religious causes.

Chenwu grants range from $35 to $500,000 given to Dharma Buddhist Realm Association. Past grantees include Dharma Buddhist Realm Association, Amitabha Buddhist Society, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Shin Shin Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hue Foundation, an NGO created in “response to the destruction caused by the 1999 Vietnamese floods.” Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation's giving is largely focused on the Bay Area of California. The foundation does not publicly share its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, as it only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 408-868-0428.


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Chenwu Foundation

13081 La Vista Ct.

Saratoga, CA 95070