NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Venture capital, tech startups
FUNDING AREAS: Education, Environment
OVERVIEW: Jeff Miller and his wife Karen have been strong funders of American Prairie Reserve, a Montana-based nonprofit that grew out of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation effort in the Montana Glaciated Plains. Miller sits on the board of directors of American Prairie Reserve, which has received at least $700,000 in recent years. The Millers have also given modest but steady support to various outfits in the Bay Area such as SF MOMA. Finally, the couple have been major supporters of Miller's alma mater, Santa Clara University, making a recent $25 million gift that renamed the Center for Science, Technology, and Society as the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
BACKGROUND: Jeff Miller was born in the Bay Area. Miller earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from Santa Clara University in 1973 and his MBA in 1976. Miller worked at Intel, where he met his wife, Karen. Miller was also a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures, where he mentored CEOs of enterprise and infrastructure software companies. He was also CEO of Documentum, an enterprise document management software company, from 1993 to 2001. By 2001, Documentum had become a publicly traded NASDAQ company with 1,200 employees and revenues over $200 million. Miller is currently the president of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company.
EDUCATION: Miller and Karen are major supporters of Santa Clara University, making a recent $25 million gift to the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Miller is a trustee at Santa Clara, and has served for more than six years on the center's advisory board, which he has chaired since 2011. A little over $300,000 went to Santa Clara in 2013. Apart from Miller's alma mater, the couple has also supported Loyola Marymount University.
ENVIRONMENT: The Millers have been steady supporters of American Prairie Reserve, where Miller sits on the board of directors. Based on Montana, the reserve's main focus is "to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States." A gift of $50,000 went to the American Prairie Reserve Foundation in 2010, $100,000 went to the outfit in 2011, and $150,000 went there in 2012.
OTHER: The couple's philanthropy moves through the Miller Family Foundation, which in recent years has given just under $400,000 annually. Santa Clara University and the American Prairie Foundation have received the most money, but other funds have gone to arts institutions like SF MOMA and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, as well as to the Tech Museum, KQED, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Millers have talked about the global impact that social entrepreneurship can have, and it's certainly an element in their latest $25 million gift to Santa Clara University. Miller and members of the center have traveled abroad to see the impact of their work, with the goal being to help companies positively impact the lives of 1 billion people by 2020. Perhaps more global development work is down the pike for this funder.
The Millers' foundation doesn't have a website or any means for grantseekers to get in touch, but you can refer to the address below.
The Miller Family Foundation
11100 Santa Monica Blvd., No. 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025