Grant and Dorrit Saviers: Tech Grants

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Digital Equipment Corporation, Adaptec

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Policy

OVERVIEW: Grant Saviers and his wife Dorrit move their philanthropy through the Grant and Dorrit Saviers Foundation, which gave away around $145,000 in a recent year. The couple support their schools. Another interest is the arts.

BACKGROUND: Grant Saviers graduated with his B.S. and M.S. from Case Western Reserve University. He was with Digital Equipment Corporation from 1968 to 1992, where he built the Storage Systems organization and was later vice president of PC Systems and Peripherals. He joined Adaptec as COO, eventually retiring as CEO and chairman. Since leaving Adaptec he has been a director and angel investor in several startups.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Saviers supports his alma mater, Case Western. Dorrit graduated from Boston University, which the family supports. Other grantees have included Mt. Holyoke College, and Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Dorrit’s school.

ARTS & CULTURE: The family is heavily involved with the Seattle Symphony, and appear to have an interest in music: they’ve also supported Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Earshot Jazz. Saviers is a trustee of Computer History Museum, another grantee. Support has gone to Seattle Art Museum. Saviers is active in amateur radio to activate stations in remote parts of the world.

POLICY: Grantees have included Cato Institute, Institute for Justice, Judicial Watch, and Pacific Legal Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple to stick with their select interest areas.


Grant and Dorrit Saviers Foundation
1920 4th Avenue, Unit 2703
Seattle, WA 98101