The George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation supports education, religious causes Greek causes, health, human services, and arts and culture in the Bay Area of California.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, religious causes Greek causes, health, human services, arts and culture

IP TAKE: The foundation does not have much of a web presence, and there are no available guidelines for grantseekers.

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation an independent foundation based in Palo Alto, California. George Marcus was born in Greece and raised in San Francisco. Marcus graduated with a degree in economics from San Francisco State University in 1965. At the university, he met his wife, Judy, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1962. Marcus worked as a broker at Grubb & Ellis in San Jose before leaving in 1971 to set up his own shop, Marcus & Millichap Company. Marcus was also one of the original founders and directors of Plaza Commerce Bank and Greater Bay Bancorp. Today, the couple’s grantmaking interests include education, religious causes, Greek causes, health, human services, and arts and culture.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, a major site of philanthropy has been San Francisco State, the couple's mutual alma mater. The couple established the SF State International Center for the Arts with a $3 million gift. The couple has also supported scholarships and endowed the Robert A. Corrigan Chair in American Studies. Other education giving of late has involved Bay Area organizations such as Oakland School of the Arts, Pathways for Kids, and East Palo Alto Kids Foundation.

Marcus and Judy also support religious organizations and Greek causes in the Bay Area. Past grantees include the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco and the United Religions Initiative. The couple also has supported human services organizations in the Bay Area. Past human services grantees include Avenidas and Community Services Agency in Mountain View. The couple has awarded health funds to Bay Area Cancer Connections and Blossom Birth Services. They have additionally funded environmental organizations, such as Humane Society of Silicon Valley and Tuolumne River Trust. Arts and culture support includes the San Jose Museum of Art, local public radio station KALW, and the San Francisco Zoological Society.

Foundation grants tend to be between $2,000 and $100,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about the couple’s local giving. The couple’s grants are largely focused on the Bay Area of California. The foundation does not publicly share its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, as it only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number to reach the foundation is 408-286-3300.


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