Grove Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Grove Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of former Intel Chairman Andrew Grove and his family. Bay Area grantmaking involves support of education, health, human services, and supporting immigrants and refugees.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, health, immigration and refugees

IP TAKE: Grantseekers will need to be creative to find a way into the Grove Foundation, since it does not have a website or a clear way to get in touch.

PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Grove Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Andrew Grove, who was born to a Hungarian Jewish family in 1936. By the time he was eight, he and his mother were forced to take false identities and hide with friends. His father, who had been forced into a labor camp, was reunited with the family after the war, but fled to Austria and then the United States during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Americanizing his name, he attended the City College of New York, then the University of California, Berkeley, after which he worked at Fairchild Semiconductor before leaving to start Intel with Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Andrew Grove, his wife Eva, and family move their philanthropy through the Grove Foundation, which supports education, human services, health, and immigration and refugees.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. Grove has given millions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and to his alma mater, CUNY. The couple through their foundation has also given large sums to Eva's alma mater, Hunter College. A large interest of the foundation in the Bay Area is education, and colleges, universities and K-12 schools have received support. Grove has funded UCSF Foundation, UC Hastings College of Law, Stanford University Board of Trustees, and Cabrillo College Foundation. Cabrillo College is a community college located in Aptos, California and Grove has supported vocational education. Grove has given funds to Los Altos High School, Palo Alto Partners in Education, Ravenswood Education Foundation, San Mateo Community College District, and Sequoia Adult School Scholars.

The Grove Foundation also supports human services. It has given steady sums to Cardea Services, Worker Center of Mountain View, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Past Bay Area grantees include the Pacific Business Group on Health, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and the American Lung Association in California. Finally, Grove prioritizes work that benefits immigrants and refugees. Some of this grantmaking involves supporting immigrants through legal services, including funding the Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes.

Foundation grants typically range from $5,000 to $500,000. Learn more about the funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. A bulk of the Grove Foundation's grantmaking involves the Bay Area of California.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications and only funds pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the foundation by phone at 650-523-1300.


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