Fat Tire Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW:  The Krause Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of health, education, and environmental causes.

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

FUNDING AREAS: Health, education and youth, animals and environment, human services

PROFILE: Founded in 2006, the Fat Tire Foundation was established by tech mogul Jeff Jordan and his wife Karen. Karen also sits on the board of JRDF as well as The Carb DM, which “fosters connections among people with diabetes, their loved ones, and medical professionals. Jeff and Karen’s daughter was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes. While the foundation is not transparent and does not appear to conduct specific programs, tax filings suggest that Fat Tire Foundation prioritizes education and health causes.

Grants range from  $50 to $250,000. Past grantees include Stanford University (the Jordans attended the school and are Stanford parents as well); The Carb DM; The Portola Valley School Foundation; Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula; Humane Society of Silicon Valley; and Second Harvest Food Bank. Learn more about past grantees in the funder’s tax records.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Unfortunately, the foundation does not maintain a public website limiting available information; however, an address has been provided below.


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The Fat Tire Foundation

50 Paso del Arroyo

Portola Valley, CA 94028

(650) 529-0345