McMurtry Family Foundation of 2003: Bay Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The McMurtry Family Foundation of 2003 is the philanthropic vehicle of veteran venture capitalist Burt McMurtry and family. The foundation's Bay Area grantmaking touches local schools, arts and culture organizations, and more. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Arts & Culture

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile, and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. Networking will be key to getting on this funder's radar. 

PROFILE: Burton J. McMurtry is a veteran Silicon Valley venture capitalist investor, with his firms backing companies like Adaptec, Altera, Compaq, and Intuit. McMurtry and family have directed some of their wealth towards philanthropy, and last decade established the McMurtry Family Foundation of 2003. Some of the family's giving takes place in Texas, where the family strongly has supported Rice University.

Away from Texas, though, a good chunk of the McMurtry Foundation's grantmaking involves the Bay Area. McMurtry has also strongly supported Stanford University, home to the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History, which provides unified facilities for art history, art practice and film programs. The family has also supported Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service, Cantor Arts Center, and Hoover Institution, where McMurtry sits on the board.  Other Bay Area education grantees include Future - Menlo-Atherton High School; UC Berkeley; and Eastside College Preparatory School. 

Apart from education, the McMurtrys via their foundation support a mix of arts, health, and human services outfits in the Bay Area. Grantees have included Computer History Museum in Mountain View; Exploratorium; Wildaid; Peninsula Open Space Trust; the Canary Foundation, which deals with cancer; and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $862,000. Unfortunately for grantseekers, the McMurtry Foundation keeps a low profile and has a minimal web presence. Apart from McMurtry family members, the foundation's trustees also include CPA Jill Lervold and attorney Robert Goldman


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The McMurtry Family Foundation of 2003 does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family, but below is an address:

McMurtry Family Foundation of 2003
101 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285