Warmenhoven Family Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

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 and education organizations in the Bay Area.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, health, education and youth, arts

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

PROFILE: Established in 2006, the Warmenhoven Family Foundation is the foundation of Dan Warmenhoven, a veteran of Hewlett Packard and IBM and CEO and executive chairman of NetApp, a storage and data management company headquartered in Northern California. Dan, his wife Charmaine, and his family move their philanthropy through the Warmenhoven Family Foundation. 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. Daughter Laura Warmenhoven, meanwhile, has worked as a teacher and the Junior League of San Jose. The foundation’s grantmaking interests include human services, health, education, youth, and arts.

Giving largely reflects board memberships and personal interests, which prioritize education and youth. Past grantees include 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 also steadily support select human services organizations in the Bay Area, such as HomeFirst, a network of shelters in California's Silicon Valley that provides emergency shelter options, and Uplift Family Services.

Foundation grants tend to range from $5,000 to $50,000. Learn more about past giving by examining the funder’s recent tax records. The family, via their foundation, strongly focus on the Bay Area in their philanthropy.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits and supports pre-selected organizations instead. The phone number for the foundation is 440-239-8900.

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