Chris and Melody Malachowsky

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Cofounder of NVIDIA Corp.

FUNDING AREAS: Environment and  animals, education and youth, health, human services and humanitarian.

OVERVIEW: Chris Malachowsky and his wife Melody do their grantmaking through the Chris and Melody Malachowsky Family Foundation. The foundation gives a few hundred thousand annually, with the environment, education and health being top funding areas. The couple also funds organizations that work on an international level.

Individual grant amounts tend to be relatively small, typically in the $1,000-$3,000 range, with money spread among a wide variety of causes and organizations.  The foundation does not have much of a web presence.

BACKGROUND: Chris Malachowsky received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S.C.S. degree from Santa Clara University. He's held engineering and technical leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. In 1993, he cofounded NVIDIA, which has grown to become a global Fortune 1000 company. NVIDIA manufactures graphics processing units for computers, among other products. The couple lives in Los Altos, California.

ISSUES

ENVIRONMENT & ANIMALS: Recent grantees include the Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Network, Greenpeace, Rainforest Alliance, Sierra Club, Conservation International and the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. While the couple's philanthropy has a Bay Area focus, when it comes to the environment, they prioritize organizations that work on a broad level. Malachowsky supports Humane Society of the United States and Pilots N Paws, an "online volunteer organization where general aviation pilots can connect with rescue volunteers to transport animals in need to safe havens." Malachowsky has been flying since he was a youth.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Past grantees include Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, which works with underprivileged youth in East Palo Alto and surrounding areas; City Year San Jose; Los Altos Education Foundation; Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation; My New Red Shoes, which provides new shoes and clothing for children at the start of the school year; and Third Street Community Center, which provides "educational programs and enrichment opportunities for children in San Jose."

HEALTH: They support Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Children's Health Fund, Cancer Research Institute, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, Alzheimer's Association and Movember. Funds have also supported Angel Flight, which arranges free transportation to medical treatment.

HUMAN SERVICES & HUMANITARIAN: Past grantees include Abode Services, which provides housing and services for the homeless; United Way Silicon Valley; Second Harvest Food Bank; and Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. Other grantees include organizations that operate on a global level, such as Global Impact, which raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world; the NVIDIA Foundation, which "accelerates solutions to the world's most pressing issues in health and education;" and Mercy Corps, an "international development organization that helps people around the world survive and thrive after conflict, crisis and natural disaster."

CONTACT:

The Chris and Melody Malachowsky Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for contact, but below is an address:

The Chris and Melody Malachowsky Family Foundation

635 Campbell Technology Pkwy., Ste. 100

Campbell, CA 95008