Warmenhoven Family Foundation: Bay Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The Warmenhoven Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of former NetApp CEO Dan Warmenhoven, his wife Charmaine, and family. The Warmenhovens steadily support human services organizations in the Bay Area. Another interest is education, and Charmaine spent three decades as a special education teacher and administrator. 

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

IP TAKE: The Warmenhoven Foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. 

PROFILE: A veteran of Hewlett Packard and IBM, Dan Warmenhoven was CEO and executive chairman of NetApp, a storage and data management company headquartered in Northern California. Dan, his wife Charmaine, and family move their philanthropy through the Warmenhoven Family Foundation, which was established back in 2006.

The family via their foundation strongly focus on the Bay Area in their philanthropy. Giving largely tracks with board memberships and personal interests. Charmaine is a veteran educator, who spent three decades as a special education teacher and administrator. She worked with Catholic Diocese of San Jose developing and supporting parish-based programs to include people with disabilities and is also a steady backer of Inclusion Collaborative, a program housed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education that "works to include children with special needs in child care, preschool programs and community activities." Daughter Laura Warmenhoven, meanwhile, used to work as a teacher and currently works for Junior League of San Jose.

Unsurprisingly, supporting education and youth is a top priority of this family's Bay Area philanthropy. Grantees have included Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, where Laura sits on the board, Educare Silicon Valley, ACE Charter Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, First Tee of Monterey County, First Tee of Silicon Valley, and ALearn, a college prep nonprofit.

The Warmenhovens via their foundation also steadily support select human services organizations in the Bay Area like HomeFirst, a network of shelters in California's Silicon Valley that provides emergency shelter options; and Uplift Family Services (formerly EMQ FamiliesFirst).

The family has also supported health outfits like Canary Foundation, and arts outfits like Ballet San Jose. The foundation has given around $1 million of late. 


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

Warmenhoven Family Foundation
7261 Engle Rd., Ste. 202
Cleveland, OH 44130