OVERVIEW: The Taube Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Giving Pledge signatory Ted Taube. Taube has been a champion of Jewish causes and another Taube outfit homes in specifically on Jewish life and culture in the Bay Area and abroad.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, arts & culture, health, public policy
IP TAKE: While one of Taube's biggest priorities is Jewish life, it's not the only area he's into.
PROFILE: Thaddeus "Tad" Taube was born in Poland. His family escaped from the Nazis and Taube grew up in New York and then Los Angeles, where he was a child actor in several movies. After getting his master's in industrial engineering from Stanford, he joined two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicists to create E-H Research Laboratories, which built test instruments in Silicon Valley. Taube left after the company's IPO and used the proceeds to start his real estate career. Taube met Joseph Koret, a bay area apparel magnate, who wanted help diversifying his fortune. Taube eventually became Koret's right-hand financier and later helped Koret sell his company to Levi Strauss & Co.
Taube Philanthropies consists of two separate foundations, this one, which is focused on San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Taube Philanthropies focus on the following areas of giving:
- Education & Scholarship
- Cultural Renewal
- Heritage Preservation
- Media & the Arts
- Public Policy Research
- Institution Building
Taube has had a long career in philanthropy. In 1982, when Koret died, Taube became president of the Koret Foundation (and currently serves as President Emeritus), whose primary focus areas include supporting Jewish causes, and "bay area anchor institutions." Taube also founded the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and the Taube Family Foundation.
The Taube Family Foundation has made the Bay Area its philanthropic focus, where a little under $2 million has gone out the door annually in recent years. Jewish causes are a priority of the family foundation, and recent grantees in the Bay Area have included the Brandeis Hillel Day School, Chabad of SF, Shalom School, and Jewish Family & Children's Services, SF. As well Taube helped establish the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at his alma mater Stanford, with a $2.5 million gift.
Taube's commitment to his alma mater goes back decades. In 1986, Taube helped create the Jewish Studies Program on campus and gifted a collection of 40,000 Jewish scholarly books for Stanford Library. He's also been heavily involved with the Hoover Institution at Stanford, "a public policy think tank promoting the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom." Taube is also former chairman of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). He also used to chair the Stanford Athletic Board and helped create Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Apart from Jewish causes and Stanford, Taube has given large sums to health outfits in the Bay Area. Taube has given to heavily to the Gladstone Institutes, a biomedical research organization whose focus is to better understand, prevent, treat and cure cardiovascular, viral and neurological conditions, and helped create the Taube-Koret Center for Huntington’s Disease Research (TKC). TKC aims to cure Huntington's Disease by 2020. At least $700,000 went to Gladstone alone in 2013. More modest sums have gone to UCSF Cardiology Center recently.
Taube has also been a funder of arts and culture. He gave a $1.3 million matching grant to renovate the UC Theater in Berkeley. Other outfits like the San Francisco Opera Association, the San Francisco Opera Guild, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum receiving support. Taube also helped create the Koret-Taube Media Suite for the San Francisco Opera, which makes opera accessible to the public at no cost. Large sums have also gone to the Exploratorium.
Taube is also passionate about supporting policy research. In addition to the Hoover Institution, sums have gone to the Commonwealth Club of California, and in Southern California, to the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank. Taube also once gave a $6 million challenge grant to Notre Dame de Namur University.
- Shana Penn, Executive Director
- Thaddeus N. Taube, Director
- Dianne M. Taube, Director