Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation's Bay Area grantmaking provides support for education, medical research, science and technology, social justice, the environment and the arts. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, criminal justice reform, environment, arts and culture 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.  

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Frank Quattrone and his wife, Denise. Frank began his career with Morgan Stanley in the late 1970s and has advised technology companies since 1981. Denise, meanwhile, is a justice advocate who serves as a research volunteer and advisory board member of the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The foundation’s grantmaking areas of interest are education, medical research, criminal justice reform, environment, and the arts.

Social and criminal justice is an important part of this family's philanthropy. While a good portion of this giving takes place in Philadelphia, particularly at the couple's alma mater, UPenn, some of it takes place in the Bay Area. The Quattrones have supported places Death Penalty Focus, Northern California Innocence Project, and Prison University Project. The family also supports education in the Bay Area. Grantees have included Stanford University (Frank's school), Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto, UC Regents, and Teach for America. The Quattrones also support health and medical research organizations in the Bay Area, such as Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Alzheimer's Association - Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, Bay Area Lime Foundation, and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. The Quattrones also support arts and culture and the environment in the Bay Area. Grantees have included Big Sur Land Trust, Computer History Museum, and San Francisco Symphony.

Foundation grants tend to be between $5,000 and $10,000 each. Learn more about the funder’s giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking is largely focused on California communities, including nonprofits based in Rutherford, Portola Valley, Artesia, and Big Sur. The foundation does not have a website or publish grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation also does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits and only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number for the Los Altos, California-based foundation is 650-845-8100.

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