Ramanathan and Asha Guha

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Software Engineer; Epinions co-founder

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Indian Community

OVERVIEW: Ramanathan Guha and his wife Asha move their philanthropy through the Guha Family Foundation, which gave away around $2.7 million in a recent year. Funding interests include education and the Indian community.

BACKGROUND: Ramanathan V. Guha graduated from IIT Madras, UC Berkeley, and Stanford, where he received Ph.D. in computer science in 1991. Guha was a principal scientist at Apple Computer and a principal engineer at Netscape Communications, where he created RSS, RDF, and helped start the Open Directory Project. He co-founded Epinions, a web site where consumers write reviews on products and services.

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Guha supports his alma maters Stanford and UC Berkeley. Asha Guha has been an education advocate in the Palo Alto community for years. She sits on the board of Peninsula College Fund and was president of the board of directors for Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE). Grantees have included Castilleja School, Palo Alto Partners in Education, and Gunn High School.

INDIAN COMMUNITY: The Guha family supports the Indian community both in the Bay Area and in India. They’ve given millions to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams towards various Hindu religious activities. In the states, grantees have included Hindu Community and Cultural Center, South India Fine Arts (SIFA), Vedic Education and Devotional Academy, and SanKritiLaya, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance art forms in North America.”

OTHER: The Guhas, via their foundation, have directed money to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Cancer Institute Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: The Guha Family Foundation appears to be recently minted. Perhaps more money will move out in the coming years.

CONTACT:

The Guha Family Foundation
12977 Cortez Ln.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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