NET WORTH: $1.71 billion
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Environment
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Twitter, Blogger
OVERVIEW: Evan Williams and his wife, Sara, created the Sara & Evan Williams Foundation in 2011. While they are still focused on their professional careers, they fund a few initiatives in the Bay Area and statewide in California.
BACKGROUND: Evan Williams dropped out of University of Nebraska to pursue his career. Williams learned to write computer code and co-created blogging platform Blogger, which sold to Google in 2003. Williams now focuses most of his attention on Medium.com, whose motto is "A better place to read and write."
EDUCATION & YOUTH: The couple has given to 826 Valencia, which helps youth with their writing, Mission Graduates, which prepares students for college and beyond, and Little School, "a relationship-based, inclusive pre-school committed to providing individualized, quality education to young children." They have also supported the Marin Primary and Middle School and UCSF Foundation.
Some of the couple's biggest work so far has involved their support of IDEO.org, "a nonprofit design organization that works to empower the poor," which was tapped to help reform the school cafeteria.
ENVIRONMENT: In the Bay Area, they support the Energy Foundation, which describes itself as a "partnership of major foundations interested in sustainable energy." They also support the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Outside of San Francisco, the couple has supported Grist, an environmental news publication, and 350.org, an "international effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million." They have also supported the U.S. Climate Network, Educators Outside, and Solutions Project.
The couple has also supported the environment through Community Initiatives, which funds local causes in San Francisco. One of these efforts is Food Systems.
OTHER: The Williamses are known supporters of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been one of the foremost advocates for free speech and privacy rights in the digital age. The Transgender Law Center in San Francisco received a small donation in 2011, signaling a possible larger future commitment to LGBT issues. The couple has also supported the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, the Computer History Museum, That Man May See, a nonprofit founded by two UCSF researchers with the aim of accelerating discoveries in the preservation of sight.
LOOKING FORWARD: Evan and Sara are still pretty new to philanthropy, and so far have supported mostly supported local issues. But with their windfall from Twitter's IPO, they may soon be ready to expand the scope of their grantmaking on the issues they care about.
Sara & Evan Williams Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address
Sara & Evan Williams Foundation
235 Montgomery Street, No 1220
San Francisco, CA 94014