NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Intel; Brocade Communications Systems
FUNDING AREAS: Education & youth, arts & culture, Michigan Community, Bay Area community.
OVERVIEW: David House does his grantmaking through the House Family Foundation, which has given as high as $3.75 million and as low as $484,000 in the last few years of available tax records. Education has been a big priority of House's philanthropy, and he has given grants to his alma maters and other organizations, particularly in the Bay Area. He is interested in STEM education. He has given millions to the Computer History Museum, as well. House also funds community organizations in his homestate of Michigan. The foundation does not have much of a web presence.
BACKGROUND: Born in Michigan, David House received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. House began his career as a computer designer at Raytheon. In 1974, House joined Intel, where he worked for 23 years, including at the helm of Intel's Microprocessor Division, and is credited with coining the familiar "Intel Inside" marketing slogan and campaign. House is currently chairman of Brocade Communications Systems, which specializes in data and storage networking products and is headquartered in San Jose.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Through his House Family Foundation, House contributed to McMillan School in Muskegon, Michigan; Eastside College Prep School; KIPP Bay Area Schools; Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley; Bay Area After-School All Stars; Foundation for a College Education; Northeastern University; The Girls' Middle School; and Breakthrough Silicon Valley, which "launches high potential, underserved middle school students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education."
A component of this philanthropy involves STEM education. He has given support to ASPIRAnet's MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) Student Tech Leadership program, which works to help "underserved, upper elementary, middle and high school youth to develop necessary technological skills necessary to be successful in today’s global economy." Grants have also supported Foothill College's Krause Center for Innovation, which "designs and implements innovative professional development education & training, with an emphasis on technology integration and STEM curriculum for educators."
House strongly supports his undergraduate alma mater, Michigan Technological University, which received a $10 million gift in the last decade while House chaired the school's capital campaign. House said, "As alumni, Michigan Tech gave us critical skills we needed to be successful, and we need to show our gratitude and allegiance by supporting the University and it's current and future students through impactful philanthropy."
In 2015, Michigan Tech received a more than $2.6 million grant that included the endowment of two professorships at the school, along with two graduate student assistantships.
Funds supported youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Girls Inc. of Alameda County, "a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold."
ARTS & CULTURE: House Family Foundation has supported the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California where House sits on the museum's board of trustees. House also supported the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Other past grants have supported Montalvo Arts Center, San Jose Museum of Art, Tech Museum of Innovation, and Children's Creativity Museum, a multimedia arts and technology museum in San Francisco.
MICHIGAN COMMUNITY & BAY AREA COMMUNITY: House has funded grants in Michigan to organizations such as Community Foundation of Muskegon City; Porter Hills Foundation, which supports seniors in Grand Rapids; Mission for Area People, "a faith-based organization providing Muskegon County residents with resources to meet basic needs;" Reeths Puffer Elementary School and Hackley Public Library. In the Bay Area, meanwhile, funds supported Sacred Heart Community Center, "a non-denominational, nonprofit organization that provides integrated services on site, free of charge, to all in need."
The House Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact, but below is an address:
House Family Foundation
5205 Prospect Rd., Ste. 135-158
San Jose, CA 95129