Ken and Cheryl Branson

 NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Guidewire Software

FUNDING AREAS: Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid, Economic Development, Environment

OVERVIEW: The Branson Family Foundation supports organizations in the areas of disaster relief, humanitarian aid, economic development, and the environment.   

BACKGROUND: Ken Branson graduated with a BSEE from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. He worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Branson went on to co-found Guidewire Software, a software publisher for Property & Casualty (P&C) insurers.

ISSUES: 

HUMANITARIAN AID: The Bransons, via their foundation, have supported American Red Cross, CARE, and Doctors Without Borders 

HUMAN RIGHTS: Grantees have included Human Rights Watch, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Global Fund for Women.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The family has supported Heifer International and Village Enterprise.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Grantees have included World Wildlife Fund, National Parks Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund.            

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Bransons to stick with their select interest areas. The couple has also supported Planned Parenthood International; note that Cheryl is a gynecologist.

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