LS Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW:  The LS Foundation’s grantmaking supports education, medical research, and the arts. 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education and youth, international relief, medical research, arts and culture

PROFILE: Established in 1968, the LS foundation is steered by tech veteran Laurence L. Spitters and family. Unfortunately, the foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a website or public grantmaking interests or strategies; however, tax filings suggest it prioritizes education, medical research, and the arts. 

According to tax filings, grants range from a low of $1,000 to high of $50,000. Past grantees include Santa Clara University (Spitters received an honorary degree from the school,which his son attended), East Palo Alto Tennis Foundation; UCSF Department of Ophthalmology, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Computer History Museum. Learn more about past grantees in the funder’s tax records.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications; however, there appears to be no prescribed form and no apparent deadlines or restrictions either.


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L L Spitters, President

555 Byron Street

Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 324-1775