John and Ellen Drew

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Lucent Technologies, TCV

FUNDING AREAS: Health, Human Services and Veterans, Arts and Media, Education and Youth

OVERVIEW: John Drew and his wife Ellen do their grantmaking through the Drew Family Foundation, which made around $1 million in grants in a recent year. The Drew family, via their foundation, supports several causes, including health, their schools, and veterans.

BACKGROUND: John Drew holds a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an M.S. from Columbia University. Drew began his business career at CF Software Corporation after serving as a captain in the army. He was vice president and general manager at Unisys Corporation and worked at International Network Services, and Lucent Technologies, where he was a CEO. Drew serves as a general partner of TCV, an investor in growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry.


HEALTH: Drew and Ellen are members of the Canary Foundation’s leadership council. The Canary Foundation is “dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging.” Cancer seems to be of particular interest to this family. Other grantees include Simmons Cancer Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Faster Cures, and Alzheimer’s Association.

HUMAN SERVICES & VETERANS: Given Drew’s military service, it is no surprise that a component of the family’s giving focuses on veterans. Grantees include NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute and Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, whose goal is to “assist severely wounded and injured, post-9/11 veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life.”

The Drews support human services organizations Second Harvest Food Bank, El Camino YMCA, and Meals on Wheels SF.

ARTS & MEDIA: Grantees include National Museum of Women in the Arts and KQED.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Norwich University is home to the Todd Lecture Series, funded by the Drews and named in honor of Ellen’s parents. John Drew, meanwhile, once served on the board of directors of Norwich University. Other grantees include Columbia University and Salem College, Ellen’s alma mater, on whose board of trustees she serves.

OTHER: Grants supported the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley which “uses the law as a tool for change to address programs linked to social injustices” and POST, which aims to shape “a vibrant ecosystem for Silicon Valley.”

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Drews to stick with their interest areas.


Drew Foundation
528 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301