David and Cathy Habib: Tech Grants

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FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education & Youth, Human Services, Environment

OVERVIEW: David and Cathy Habib move their philanthropy through the David and Cathy Habib Foundation, which supports the Jewish Federation of Seattle. Other interests include education, including the couple’s mutual alma mater University of Washington.

BACKGROUND: David Habib graduated with a B.S. in computer science from the University of Washington in 1986. Habib was a senior software design engineer and development manager at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked on Windows, applications, and development tools. He did consulting at Groundwire, an environmental non-profit, and currently is a Senior Force.com Developer for the Salesforce Foundation.


JEWISH CAUSES: David and Cathy Habib Foundation is a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Seattle, which it regularly funds. Other grantees have included Temple B’Nai Torah, Jewish Family Services, and The Union for Reform Judaism - Camp Kalsman.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Habibs support their mutual alma mater University of Washington, where they’re both 1986 alums. The university is home to the David & Cathy Habib Endowed Scholarship, which provides assistance to undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Cathy, who also has a computer science and engineering background, serves on the Bellevue Schools Foundation as a community advocate for educational programs and funding and works for Eastside Pathways, a “collective action nonprofit focused on improving educational outcomes for all children on the eastside.” The Habibs have supported Rainier Scholars, Thrive Washington, Bellevue College Foundation, Youth Eastside Services, and Students for Education Reform. The Habibs are strongly involved with Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), and made their first gift to PEPS in 1995.

HUMAN SERVICES: Habib is partner in Social Venture Partners, which “connects people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible—cultivating effective philanthropists and strong organizations that deliver greater impact, together.” The couple support the organization as well as United Way of King County, United Way of Island County, and Hopelink, which “has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties.”

ENVIRONMENT: Grantees have included Washington Environmental Council and Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance. Habib has also been involved with Climate Solutions.

LOOKING FORWARD: Since leaving Microsoft, Habib has become increasingly involved in the nonprofit space. His work with Social Venture Partners has been a way from him to connect with new organizations, which is something grantseekers—in the Pacific Northwest especially—should keep in mind.


The David and Cathy Habib Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

David and Cathy Habib Foundation
c/o Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
2033 Sith Avenue, Suite 810
Seattle, WA 98121