James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation: Grants for Northern California

OVERVIEW: The James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation has a Northern California focus and primarily makes grants supporting children and youth, education, the environment, and stewardship.

FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth, education, environment, stewardship

IP TAKE: Environmental causes in the Bay Area are a particularly big priority for this funder.  

PROFILE: Established in 1993, the Morgan Family Foundation is the foundation of James C. Morgan, former chairman of the board and CEO of Applied Materials, and his wife, Becky Q. Morgan, a former California senator. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on youth and children, education, the environment and stewardship. MFF prioritizes giving in California, specifically Northern California where the couple has strong roots.

Much of the Morgan couple’s grantmaking focuses on strengthening communities through collaboration and developing nonprofit leadership. This is not a funder that shies away from early-stage ideas. The foundation's youth grantmaking area supports programs that address the developmental needs of youth and their families. A major grantee in this area is Teen Success, a Milpitas-based organization that Becky chairs and played a role in founding. The Morgan Family Foundation's education grantmaking has involved funding to Eastside College Preparatory School, Teach for America Bay Area, and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. The couple has also been strongly interested in environmental issues and co-founded Northern Sierra Partnership. Overall, the Morgan Family Foundation's environment program supports efforts to protect wilderness areas and natural resources, preserve cultural heritage, and create lifelong stewards of the environment. For stewardship grants, supports efforts to strengthen communities and regions through existing and new organizations. Grants have also gone to arts and culture efforts, such as Asian Art Museum and TheatreWorks, as well as to health outfits including Bay Area Cancer Connections.

Foundation grants tend to be between $1,000 and $800,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on the Bay Area of California.

The Morgan Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry. The general phone number for the foundation is 650-941-8802.

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