NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Katun Corporation
FUNDING AREAS: Education, Social Improvement, Arts, Public Media, Medical
OVERVIEW: David Jorgensen, his wife Annette, and family move their philanthropy through the David and Annette Jorgensen Foundation, which gave away around $302,000 in a recent year. Jorgensen’s board memberships include Free to Choose Network.
BACKGROUND: David Jorgensen grew up in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, earning a BSEE in 1961. He took a position in an engineering development program at Boeing and later received an MBA from the University of Washington and an MS from Stanford University. In 1972, Jorgensen joined Dataquest, eventually becoming CEO. In 1979, he co-founded Katun Corporation, a supplier of OEM-compatible photoreceptors, imaging supplies, and parts for office equipment.
EDUCATION: The Jorgensens, via their foundation, have supported Public Schools Foundation, Redwood High School Foundation, and Reed School Foundation. Other grantees include The National Tax Limitation Foundation, Hoover Institution, and Pacific Research Institute.
SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT: Jorgensen sits on the board of Free to Choose Network, “an organization translating the work of scholars and think tanks into accessible, easily remembered videos, images, and phrases for high school students.” He was once vice chairman of the board. Other grantees include Pacific Legal Foundation and Heartland Institute.
ARTS & PUBLIC MEDIA: Grantees include Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, SF MOMA, and KQED.
MEDICAL: The family has supported Children’s Hospital Research Foundation.
LOOKING FORWARD: Jorgensen’s work in the individual freedom space, in particular, should be watched carefully.
David and Annette Jorgensen Foundation
20 Zapata Way
Portola Valley, CA 94028