Taube Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Taube Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Giving Pledge signatory Ted Taube, and it focuses Bay Area giving on Jewish causes, arts and culture, health, and public policy.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, arts and culture, health, public policy

IP TAKE: While one of Taube's biggest priorities is Jewish life, it is not the only area he is interested in.

PROFILE: Taube Philanthropies consists of two separate foundations, Taube Family Foundation, which is focused on San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. 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 degree 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. His grantmaking areas of interest are Jewish causes, arts and culture, health, and public policy.

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. Apart from Jewish causes and Stanford, Taube has given large sums to health organizations in the Bay Area, including the Gladstone Institutes. Taube has also been a funder of arts and culture. He has given to renovate the UC Theater in Berkeley and support the San Francisco Opera Association, for example. 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.

Foundation grants are often in the millions of dollars. View a list of past grantees on the funder’s website. The Taube Family Foundation has made the Bay Area a significant philanthropic focus, where it has awarded approximately $2 million annually in recent years. Israel and Poland are other geographic areas of interest.

The Taube Family Foundation encourages letters of inquiry, and those should be sent by mail or by email at any time of the year. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at info@taubephilanthropies.org.

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