Brin Wojcicki Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Brin Wojcicki Foundation is led by Google cof-ounder Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki . Much of their grantmaking takes place in the Bay Area, with health (Parkinson's research), education, and poverty being high priorities. 

FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, poverty

IP TAKE: While this foundation maintains a low-profile, the founders are high-profile leaders that are increasingly committed to philanthropy.

PROFILE: Established in 2004, the Brin Wojcicki Foundation is the foundation of the co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin. Brin was born in Moscow in 1973. Brin's family immigrated to the United States and Brin attended Stanford, where he met Larry Page. Together, the pair created the search engine, Google, which launched in 1998. Brin married Anne Wojcicki, who was an investment analyst for at least a decade, overseeing health care investments. In 2006, Wojcicki cofounded 23andMe, a company that provides rapid genetic testing through a saliva-based personal genome test kit sold on the 23andMe website. The foundation’s areas of interest include health, education, and poverty.

The foundation’s assets have been growing in recent years and supports a wide range of areas. It does not have a website to guide grantseekers. The couple helped found the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences with other Bay Area tech leaders. One area of the foundation's interest is poverty.  The Brin Wojcicki Foundation has provided significant support to the Tipping Point Community, which addresses poverty in the Bay Area. Grants have also gone to Meals on Wheels San Francisco, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Innvision Shelter Network, and my New Red Shoes, a nonprofit which provides shoes and clothing for Bay Area children living in poverty.

The Brin Wojcicki Foundation has also been interested in health, particularly supporting Parkinson's disease research. While the largest sums have gone to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, in the Bay Area, money has gone to the Parkinson’s Institute, which has offices in Sunnyvale, California. Grants have also gone to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, and more modest sums have gone to Lucia Health Foundation. Brin and Wojcicki are also supportive of various education organizations in the Bay Area. They have been strong funders of the Wikemedia Foundation, Citizen Schools, Eastisde College Preparatory School, and Stanford University. The couple has also given to Spark, "a philanthropic network of young professionals who invest to improve the lives of women around the world," and to BUILD, "whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success," and to Collective Roots, a food justice nonprofit.

Annual giving has exceeded $21 million in recent years. Review the funder’s tax records to learn more about local giving. The Bay Area of California is a significant focus for this foundation. Outside of San Francisco, the couple has been a strong supporter of Ashoka, a group that searches for, and brings together, entrepreneurs to produce innovative solutions to problems relating to a wide variety of social issues, including women's issues, education, and the environment.

The foundation typically only supports pre-selected organizations and does not welcome unsolicited requests for funding. Contact the foundation by phone at 650-210-5000.

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