John and Jill Freidenrich

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FUNDING AREAS: Education and Youth, Health, Jewish Causes, Policy, Bay Area Community

OVERVIEW: John Freidenrich and his wife Jill do their grantmaking through the Freidenrich Family Foundation, which made $774,000 in grants in a recent year. The foundation supports the couple's alma mater, Stanford University. Another interest is health, particularly cancer.

BACKGROUND:  John Freidenrich received both a bachelor's degree in economics in 1959 and his law degree in 1963 from Stanford. He began his law career at the firm of Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper Rudnick) in 1968. He founded the venture capital firm, Bay Partners, in 1976 and led the firm for more than 25 years. John died in 2017.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Freidenrich and Jill both graduated from Stanford University. Freidenrich served on Stanford’s board of trustees for a decade, including as chairman. They have given to Stanford for years, supporting athletics, undergraduate scholarships, law, and medicine. They also support Standford's Cantor Arts Center, home to the Freidenrich Family Gallery.

Other grantees include Innovate Public Schools; Marwen, which “provides free visual arts courses and college and career preparation programs to Chicago’s under-served youth in grades 6–12”; and The Achieve Foundation, which “raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community.”

HEALTH: Some of the couple’s largest grantmaking at Stanford involves health. Last decade, they committed $25 million for the Freidenrich Center for Translational Research, aimed at translating clinical research in cancer and other diseases into patient care.

Jill is an important force in this area of the couple’s grantmaking. Diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1990s, Jill co-founded Bay Area Cancer Connections (formerly Breast Cancer Connections), “a community-based nonprofit providing support and information to people touched by breast and ovarian cancer.” The couple supports the organization via their foundation.

Other grantees include Ravenswood Family Health Center, Stanford Women’s Cancer Program, Canary Foundation, and Cancer Prevention Institute of California.

JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, and Facing History and Ourselves.

POLICY: The couple steadily supports The Center for National Policy (CNP). Other grantees include Naral Pro-Choice America Foundation. 

BAY AREA COMMUNITY: Freidenrich foundation grants support Second Harvest Food Bank, Palo Alto Community Fund, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Jill and the Freidenrich family to continue to support their prior interests, particularly Stanford and cancer research.


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