Curtis Priem

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Education and Youth, Health, Bay Area Community

OVERVIEW: Curtis Priem does grantmaking through the Priem Family Foundation, which gave away around $13.4 million in a recent year. The bulk of giving has gone to Priem's alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The foundation prioritizes education and nature conservation and seeks to “reduce human suffering.”

BACKGROUND: Curtis R. Priem graduated with a B.S.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.  He was a hardware engineer at GenRad, a staff engineer for Vermont Microsystems, and a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems. In 1993, Priem co-founded NVIDIA Corp., a leading manufacturer of graphics and multimedia integrated circuits.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Priem has directed more than $100 million to his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), home to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. He sits on the board of RPI. Other grantees include Castro Valley Unified School District, Palomares Elementary School Improvement Project, and Castro Valley High School Athletic Boosters.

HEALTH: Grantees include Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

BAY AREA COMMUNITY: The Priem Family Foundation gave $1.73 million to help purchase 1,476 acres of land to expand Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in the Bay Area. Other grantees include Monterey Bay Aquarium

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Priem to continue to focus on his alma mater and the Bay Area.


The Priem Family Foundation
180 Park Rd.
Burlingame, CA 94010
Telephone: (650) 342-5915