Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Bay Area Grants

OVERVIEW: In its Bay Area portfolio, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation exclusively supports land conservation and science and technology museums. Most of the funds flow to local conservation efforts, and grants topping $1 million are common. Unfortunately, Moore does not currently accept unsolicited proposals.

IP TAKE: If your environmental organization isn't already on Moore's radar, call or email to introduce yourself and get your name in the mix. A long-term strategy goes further than a short-term goal with Moore.

PROFILE: The Moore Foundation is one of the Bay Area's largest foundations in terms of totals assets. The Foundation has a wide reach, supporting environmental, education, science and health-care programs around the world. Here in the Bay Area, the foundation's focus is fairly dialed in, though.

For local fundraisers, the Moore Foundation makes grants in two main areas: conservation and science and technology museums. Overall, the funder supports science, patient care, and environmental conservation too. Since 2000, the foundation has been provided significant grants toward local conservation, Moore also is a strong supporter of the local science and tech museums, and it focuses on museum programs that expand reach and increase learning opportunities for low-income students. 

Past local conservation grantees include the Sonoma Land Trust for the Sonoma Development Center and the Resources Legacy Fund for the Bay Area Conservation Initiative. Past science & technology museum grants went to the Tech Museum of Innovation for the SMART Museum and to the University of California Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science for the Developing Structures for BaySci Sustainability program.

You can learn about recent grantees on the foundation's Bay Area page.

Since it was established in 2000, the Moore Foundation hasn't strayed from its Bay Area grantmaking interests. All Bay Area grants revolve around land conservation (this applies to parks as well), science, and museums related to science and technology. Past statistics show that Moore has given over 183 grants to the Bay Area totaling over $269 million and with an average grant term of two years.

Unlike other grantmaking regions, the foundation's initiatives are all in their environment, science, and patient care programs. In the Bay Area Program, Moore's grantmaking revolves solely around the land conservation portfolio and science/technology musuems portfolio. 

The foundation's grantmaking outside the Bay Area has included some big investments in scientific research and healthcare workforce recently. Not too long ago, Moore announced a $90 million initiative to study quantum systems and condensed matter physics and a $2.2 million grant to study and improve nursing workforce conditions around the country. 

For fundraisers, unfortunately, the foundation doesn't accept unsolicited proposals. But if you have an idea you'd like to share keep it under 100 words and send it to info@moore.org. If you go over 100 words, don't expect a response.  For general inquiries and to get your foot in the door, contact the foundation at 650-213-3000 or by email.

PEOPLE:

  • Kenneth Moore, Trustee and Chief Program Officer of San Francisco Bay Area 
  • Janet Coffey, Science Learning Program Officer
  • Dan Winterson, Conservation Program Officer
  • Sue Crockett, Executive Assistant for the San Fransicso Bay Area

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