Matt and Cindy Cutts

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Google

FUNDING AREAS: Policy and Civic Action, Digital Rights, Education, Health and Human Services

OVERVIEW: Matt Cutts and his wife Cindy once moved philanthropy through the Cutts Foundation, though the charity's assets were transferred to a donor-advised fund a few years ago, making it tough to discern the full scope of the couple's current giving. Interests include policy and civic action.

BACKGROUND: Matt Cutts received B.S. degrees in math and computer science from University of Kentucky, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Cutts joined Google in 2000 as a software engineer and is currently head of Google's Webspam team. Cutts wrote the first version of SafeSearch, Google's family filter.

ISSUES:

POLICY AND CIVIC ACTION: Matt and Cindy Cutts have supported places like Voter’s Edge, "a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to federal, state, and local elections in California, Illinois, and New York"; Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government; MapLight, which"illuminates the connection between campaign contributions and legislative votes in unprecedented ways"; Poynter Institute for Media Studies; and Committee to Protect Journalists.

Cutts seems particularly interested in harnessing technology to make government work better. In one blog, he mentions taking a leave of absence from Google to join the Defense Digital Service at the Pentagon.

DIGITAL RIGHTS: The couple has steadily supported Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Resource.org, a "nonprofit corporation dedicated to publishing and sharing public domain materials in the United States and internationally."

EDUCATION: The Cutts have supported organizations like Kahn Academy and Code for America Labs.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Matt and Cindy are supporters of Sexual Health Innovations, an outfit which "creates technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States." One of the outfit's main initiatives is Callisto, a Google.org-funded sexual assault reporting system. The Cutts have also supported Humane Society Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank.

LOOKING FORWARD: Only in his 40s, Cutts has turned to philanthropy quite early while still being very much engaged in business. In the coming years perhaps the couple's giving will become more transparent and accessible again.

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