OVERVIEW: The Gruber Family Foundation’s Bay Area grantmaking includes support of progressive and investigative journalism, education, the arts and women’s issues.
IP TAKE: The foundation has a website and a small staff, but does not accept unsolicited proposals.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, Education, Progressive & Investigative Media, Women’s Issues
PROFILE: The Gruber Family Foundation was founded in 1987 by investor Jon D. Gruber and his wife Linda W. Gruber, who serves as president of the foundation. The couple’s daughter, Lindsay, meanwhile, serves as VP of the foundation.
The Grubers initially created the foundation because of their commitment to helping the disadvantaged. Over time their focus has broadened to include support of progressive and investigative journalism, education, the arts and women’s issues in addition to social safety net programs.
The foundation makes grants ranging from $10,000 grants to upwards of $1,000,000+ spread over several years. The Gruber Foundation has a website with contact information, but does not accept unsolicited proposals.
A selection of grantees in the Bay Area included San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Linda is a trustee), Aim High, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Media Matters, Mother Jones, NPR Foundation, Summer Search, and New Venture Fund.
It’s worth noting that foundation board member Julie Parker Benello, cofounded Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit with New York and San Francisco locations that supports “women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.”
The foundation also makes grants on a global level, with a particular eye towards human rights.
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