Dave Hitz

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FUNDING AREAS: Arts, Environment, Science, Education, Community

OVERVIEW: David Hitz and family move their philanthropy through the Hitz Foundation, which gave away around $2.3 million in a recent year. The foundation supports organizations in the arts, environment, science, and education.

BACKGROUND: Dave Hitz attended Swarthmore and Deep Springs College and graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering in 1986. He worked as a senior engineer at Auspex Corporation, an enterprise storage solutions provider, and also held engineering positions at MIPS Computer. Hitz founded NetApp in 1992 with a desire to simplify storage.


ARTS: Hitz Foundation President Ken Hitz is on the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which the family supports via their foundation. The family has attended the festival for years. Other grantees include Idaho Museum of Natural History, The Carter Center, and San Francisco Film Society.

ENVIRONMENT: Hitz once worked as a cowboy and wrote the autobiography, "How To Castrate A Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business." The family, via their foundation, support Climate Ride and Regeneration Project.

Some of the family’s work takes place on a global level. Ken Hitz sits on the U.S. board of directors of Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, which the Hitzes support. They support Foundation for Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage (PACUNAM), an “organization of visionary corporations committed to the preservation of Guatemala's natural and cultural heritage through sustainable development for the benefit of future generations.”

EDUCATION: Grantees include The Nueva School, University of South Florida Research Foundation, Deep Springs College, and Lesley University.

SCIENCE & MEDICAL: The Hitz Foundation’s grantmaking supports Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Alzheimer’s Association.

COMMUNITY: The Hitz family has directed money to Los Altos Community Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Hitz family to stick with their select interest areas.


Hitz Foundation
1801 Page Mill Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304


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