NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Broadview International; Alma Partners
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Museums, Community, Conservation, Education
OVERVIEW: Stephen Smith and his wife Paula move their philanthropy through the Stephen S. and Paula K. Smith Family Foundation. The Smiths via their foundation give modestly, under $150,000 annually of late, to several causes, mostly in the Bay Area where they live. Smith is a trustee of the Computer History Museum, which he supports.
BACKGROUND: Stephen S. Smith graduated from Oregon State University with an engineering degree, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Smith worked in management consulting at McKinsey before going on to work at Broadview International, a leading global M&A advisor and private equity investor in the IT, communications, and media industries. Smith served as managing director and vice chairman of Broadview and is currently senior advisor of Arma Partners.
ARTS & MUSEUMS: Smith is a trustee of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, which the couple steadily support through their foundation. Other grantees have included the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.
COMMUNITY: The couple has supported places like Ecumenical Hunger Program, YMCA of Silicon Valley, InnVision Shelter Network, Palo Alto Community Fund, and Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, a "nonprofit community resource dedicated to horticultural and environmental education as well as historical perservation."
CONSERVATION: The Smiths have been involved with American Prairie Reserve (APR) since last decade, and are among the organization's longest-running donors. APR is a preservation organization in Montana. Other grantees have included Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Peninsula Open Space Trust.
EDUCATION: Smith supports his alma mater Oregon State, from where his late father also graduated. The couple has also supported places like Palo Alto Unified School District, Downtown College Prep, Foundation for a College Education, San Carlos Education Foundation, and Mindful Schools.
OTHER: The Smiths also support a mix of health, human rights, and even global organizations like Immigration Equality, International Rescue Committee, Hospice of the Valley, and That Man May See, which aims to eliminate eye diseases and blindness
LOOKING FORWARD: It's unclear if the Smith family's philanthropy will ramp up, but expect them to continue to modestly support their select interest areas.
The Stephen S. Smith and Paula K. Smith Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Stephen S. Smith and Paula K. Smith Family Foundation
321 Melville Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301