OVERVIEW: The Crystal Springs Foundation aims to help create permanent improvements in the lives of the poor and less fortunate through grants and Program Related Investments.
IP TAKE: The foundation has a history of making start-up and catalytic grants and PRIs to high impact non-profits, both domestic and international.
PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Crystal Springs Foundation was founded by businessman Michael Murray and his wife Joyce. Michael worked for both Apple and Microsoft, reporting directly to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The Crystal Springs Foundation aims to help create permanent improvements in the lives of the poor and less fortunate through grants and Program Related Investments.
In 2000, Murray left the tech world and entered the social change and philanthropic space. He is the co-founder of Unitus, “an award-winning family of related but independent entities, all focused on reducing global poverty through economic self-empowerment through impact investing and/or grant making in the developing world.” Crystal Springs Foundation, has made start-up and catalytic grants and PRIs to high impact non-profits, both at home and abroad.
In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away nearly $2 million in grants. Partners have included Ashesi University; Capria, which focuses on impact investing in three areas: social, financial, and ecosystem; Engage Now Africa, which “seeks to strengthen individuals, families, and communities to end poverty by teaching principles of sustainability focused on education, micro-credit, clean water, medical services, orphan support, and ending modern slavery”; and St. Mary's Mission Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Crystal Springs Foundation
701 Pike St., Ste 2225
Seattle, WA 98101