TOP DONORS

Tech entrepreneurs have created some of the biggest foundations in the U.S., and we can expect more money—a lot more—to flood into nonprofits from these leaders in coming years. We are closely tracking the most important players in tech philanthropy. Explore the profiles below to see what we're learning. We look at giving by both individuals. An important note: while this landing page lists the wealth creators below, who are mainly male, their spouses are often the main leaders in family philanthropy, as the profiles explore. 

All these profiles are updated regularly, so if you have news or a tip, please share it with us and the IP community. Also, make sure to visit IP's Tech Philanthropy blog to see the latest news and developments that we're writing about.

PAUL ALLEN

Cofounder of Microsoft has lately been moving beyond his long-time focus on brain research and the Pacific Northwest to giving in areas such as global health, marine conservation, and wildlife protection. 

MARC ANDREESSEN

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Has a foundation with his wife, the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation.

STEVE AND CONNIE BALLMER

Former Microsoft CEO is starting to build a philanthropic track record with his wife Connie. Is keenly interested in youth, among other issues.

C. GORDON AND GWEN BELL

Former exec at Digital Equipment Corp. and Microsoft. Supports education, digital history and rights, arts and culture, health and human services. Regional giving in Bay Area, New Jersey and Colorado. 

MARC BENIOFF

Founder of Salesforce.com. Gives most of his money to health care causes, but also supports programs involving education and community services for the poor.

JEFF BEZOS

Founder of Amazon. Supports education, arts and culture and brain research. Recent large donations from Bezos have gone toward higher education and museums.

MICHAEL BIRCH

Bebo founder Birch has given significant support for charity:water and used his technological expertise to support causes he cares about

DAVID BOHNETT

An early tech winner with GeoCities, Bohnett is a major supporter of LGBT causes, the arts, and more. 

LEONARD BOSACK

Cofounder of Cisco. Donates mainly to animal welfare through a foundation he created with his now ex-wife, Sandy Lerner. 

WILLIAM BOWES, JR.

The early venture capitalist gives for higher education, health causes, science research, and the Bay Area community.

SERGEY BRIN

Cofounder of Google. Strong supporter of medical research, especially Parkinson's, poverty, support for Russian immigrants, and fighting anti-Semitism.

PAUL BUCHHEIT

Early Google employee and founder of Friendfeed. Publicly solicited ideas for grantmaking and supports health, but otherwise keeps his giving very private.

STEVE CASE

Founder of AOL. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism, but also gives to a variety of traditional charities that help the poor and provide youth development services and programs.

JAMES CLARK

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Gives to higher education, mostly at Stanford University, as well as nature, the environment, performing arts, and youth services programs.

RON CONWAY

The biggest gifts by this angel investor have been for healthcare, but Conway has also supported gun control and local causes in San Francisco.

SCOTT COOK

Founder of Intuit. The bulk of his giving has been in the field of education, although he also supports environmental and human services causes and programs that help the poor in Africa.

TIM COOK

CEO of Apple. Beginning to make major gifts, mainly focused on health, U.S. hospitals, and diseases overseas.

MARK CUBAN

Mark Cuban has been an outspoken supporter of veterans and their families, and has also donated to causes such as cancer research and patent law reform.

MATT AND CINDY CUTTS

Google executive and software engineer. Cutts and wife Cindy have supported policy and civic action, digital rights, education, health and human services.  

JACK DANGERMOND

The mapping billionaire's company gives heavily in in-kind services to K-12 schools, while Dangermond has given large sums to UC Santa Barbara.

JEFFREY DEAN AND HEIDI HOPPER

Dean, a Google senior fellow, and wife Heidi Hopper are developing philanthropic interests in education, including STEM diversity, global health, among other areas. 

DARWIN DEASON

Founder of Affiliated Computer Services, later sold to Xerox. Deason family funds education, health and human services, arts and culture. Son Doug is interested in criminal justice reform.

MICHAEL DELL

Founder of Dell Computers. Gives a lot of money to health care research and fitness causes, education, and family economic security. His foundation is also active in global development.

DAVID DESJARDINS AND NANCY BLACHMAN

Early Google employee turned investor. David and wife Nancy Blachman have supported film and media, policy and civic action, STEM ed, and SF Bay Area causes.

JOHN DOERR

Tech venture capitalist. The bulk of his giving is in the area of education, but he also supports environmental and health care causes.

RAY DOLBY

Recently deceased, but with a huge estate. The Founder of Dolby Laboratories supported organizations fighting such diverse issues as women's rights, child abuse, and poverty.

JACK DORSEY

Dorsey’s record of charitable contributions so far has been small, but he has used his social media power to raise funds for charity:water, and to auction time with himself to support entrepreneurship and education.

DAVID DUFFIELD

Founder of Peoplesoft. Virtually all of his giving goes toward animal rights issues. Strong supporter of no-kill shelters.

BOB DUGGAN

The biotech billionaire has supported higher education, as well as health causes, particularly around drug rehabilitation.

KEVIN EFRUSY

Founder of Corio; Accel Partners investor. Has given to youth leadership and education, public health, global development, women's empowerment. 

PAUL AND JOANNE EGERMAN

Founder of IDX, Egerman and wife Joanne are interested in policy and civic action, education, health and Jewish causes. 

LARRY ELLISON

Founder and CEO of Oracle. Was a strong supporter of cutting-edge medical research, but has recently shifted philanthropic priorities to animals and wildlife.

ALAN EUSTACE

Veteran microprocessor engineer and retired Google exec and wife Kathy Kwan direct their giving to educational equity at the K-12 level, jobs, and professional development.

BRUCE EVANS

Summit Partners tech investor and wife Bridgett have set up a scholarship at Harvard Business School and have supported artists and the arts.

NOEL AND SALLY FENTON

Fenton, a tech company founder and venture capitalist, focuses on the Bay Area. Causes include environment, education & youth, arts. Fenton's son Peter, also a tech guy, is a trustee of the family foundation. 

JESSE FINK

Founder of Priceline and MissionPoint Capital. Has backed sustainable food systems, and resilient habitats and communities.

DAVID FILO

Cofounder of Yahoo. Most of his giving goes to his alma maters, Stanford and Tulane, education reform, and environmental causes.

JAQUELLINE FULLER

Head of Google Foundation, formerly at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding areas include global poverty, health care, environment and climate change, information technology access.

BILL GATES

The Microsoft cofounder has made major commitments to charitable giving, but has yet to devote the majority of his fortune to philanthropy, so even bigger things may lie ahead.

GREG GIANFORTE

Founder of RightNow Technologies. Issues include jobs, education, family, Christian outreach, local arts and culture, protecting the vulnerable.

TIM GILL

An early tech winner with Quark, Gill went on to become the top LBGT philanthropist of recent times and is still going strong with the Gill Foundation.

ROB GLASER

Founder of RealNetworks. Strong supporter of independent progressive media, global health, and animal rights causes.

JAMES GOODNIGHT

Cofounder of the SAS Institute. Most of his giving goes toward improving education and reforming the current educational system.

ANDREW GROVE

The late Intel cofounder's legacy continues to grow with contributions through the Grove Foundation to several health causes, including prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease research, to which he's given millions.

NICK AND LESLIE HANAUER

Seattle-based tech investor and venture capitalist and wife Leslie support environmental, education and gun control causes.

REED HASTINGS

Netflix founder is active in education and immigration reform. Hastings and wife Patty Quillin are Giving Pledge signatories.

GARDNER C. HENDRIE

Cofounder Stratus Computer; venture capitalist, Sigma + Partners. Funding areas include education, health and science research, arts and culture, Boston community.  

ROBERT HERJAVEC

Not much is known about his philanthropy, except that he supports several charities dedicated to funding cancer research and other health-related causes.

REID HOFFMAN

Founder of LinkedIn. Strong supporter of philanthrocapitalism. Most of his giving is in support of microloans to entrepreneurs in poor areas.

DAVID HOUSE

Longtime Intel executive, now chairman of Brocade Communications Systems. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, Michigan community, Bay Area community.

CHRIS HUGHES

Cofounder of Facebook and current publisher and executive chairman of New Republic. Hughes prioritizes economic development, LGBT rights, and global health in his giving.

IRWIN JACOBS

Tech entrepreneur and executive. Strong supporter of education and arts and culture, mostly in his hometown of San Diego.

LAURENE POWELL JOBS

Steve Jobs's widow has strong interests in education, immigration and the environment.

BREWSTER KAHLE & MARY K. AUSTIN

Internet technology innovator and wife Mary K. Austin are big supporters of the Internet Archive online library, and have interests in arts, education and affordable housing.

SHEL KAPHAN

Amazon's first employee. His low-profile foundation and giving have supported policy and civic action, education and youth, digital rights, and health and human services.

MITCH KAPOR

Lotus cofounder mainly focuses giving on social and racial equity, STEM education, and the environment.

JIM KIMSEY

AOL cofounder and investor cares about humanitarian issues, education, and the arts. 

BOB KING

Founder Peninsula Capital. Focuses on youth, global development, higher education.

VINOD KHOSLA

Cofounder of Sun Microsystems. His giving is concentrated on microloans to entrepreneurs, primarily in his native India, and on supporting his wife Neeru's education nonprofit.

KARL "CHARLY" KLEISSNER

Exec at Ariba, RightPoint, NeXT, DEC, HP. An impact investor with wife Lisa through their KL Felicitas Foundation.

JOSH KOPELMAN

Founder of online retailer Half.com; with wife Rena has given to education and youth, cancer and celiac disease, and Jewish causes.

JAN KOUM

Koum is still relatively new to philanthropy and so it's difficult to say what causes he'll support. However, he's put close to $556 million into a donor-advised fund.

MIKE KRIEGER

Instagram cofounder and wife Kaitlyn are particularly interested in criminal justice reform, as well as U.S. policy, science and global health and development.

LATA KRISHNAN-SHAH

With husband Ajay, Krishnan-Shah supports education, at-risk youth, and economic empowerment for women and the underpriviledged, in the U.S. and India.

ERIC LEFKOFSKY

Founder of Groupon. Most of his giving is focused on education, human rights, medical research, and arts and culture. 

SANDY LERNER

Along with her ex-husband and Cisco cofounder, Lerner has donated more than 70 percent of the wealth she made at Cisco to charitable causes, focusing mainly on animal welfare and scientific research.

KENNETH AND GLORIA LEVY

Kenneth and Gloria Levy support various Jewish causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other funding has gone to education and youth, art, and health.

CHRIS MALACHOWSKY

NVIDIA Corp. cofounder. Funding areas include environment and animals, education and youth, human services, humanitarian causes.

CRAIG AND SUSAN MCCAW

Education, global economic development, and the environment are top causes for McCaw, who made his fortune in the cell phone industry. 

BURTON AND DEEDEE MCMURTRY

Tech venture capitalist and wife DeeDee support their shared alma mater, Rice University. Interests include education and youth, policy, health & human services, arts & culture, environment. 

SCOTT AND SUSAN MCNEALY

McNealy has used the open source philosophy he embraced at Sun Microsystems to tackle education through a non-profit he founded called Curriki. His family foundation also supports a variety of Bay Area organizations.

JEFF AND KAREN MILLER

The entrepreneur and investor has given big to support social entrepreneurship, and for environmental and local Bay Area causes. 

MICHAEL MORITZ AND HARRIET HEYMAN

Tech venture capitalist. Much of his giving is focused on education, especially his alma mater, Oxford University, and supporting the San Francisco community.

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE

Moore has given away well over $1 billion to a variety of causes, and there is more where that came from. He is most passionate about the environment, but has also funds in science, health, and the Bay Area. 

MARK AND BRENDA MOORE

The Moores support healthcare, education, arts, and Christian evangelism.

JAMES C. MORGAN

Former CEO and chairman of Applied Materials. Funding interests include youth and children, education, environment, community stewardship.

KEN AND LINDA MORRIS

PeopleSoft co-founder, Workday executive. Morris and wife Linda have long supported his alma mater SMU. Interests include animals, education and youth, human services.  

DUSTIN MOSKOVITZAND CARI TUNA

Facebook cofounder has pledged to give away his entire fortune during his lifetime. Has set up a new foundation that has made grants for global health, among other issues. 

ELON MUSK

Tech serial entrepreneur, as cofounder of PayPal and Tesla Motors. His giving is focused on renewable energy, science and engineering education, and pediatric health.

HARVEY NAJIM

Founder of IT systems integrator and wife Nancy are big supporters of San Antonio-area charities, with a focus on children's needs and health in the region and throughout Texas. 

WILIAM NEUKOM

Microsoft's long-time lawyer. Gives to advance science, higher education and world justice by advancing the rule of law.  

HENRY T. NICHOLAS III

Cofounder of Broadcom. Gives mostly to education and causes related to the Episcopal Church.

CRAIG NEWMARK

Much of Newmark’s philanthropy is toward using the Internet to leverage his donations; he encourages others to give by creating fundraising challenges to which he matches donations.

ALEXIS OHANIAN

Cofounder of Reddit. Interested in digital rights, community funding. Only in his 30s, so giving may evolve and expand.

PAUL ORFALEA

The Kinko's founder gives primarily in the Santa Barbara area, focusing on early childhood education, higher education, and learning programs.

KEVIN O'LEARY

O’Leary has lent his support to causes such as education and climate change, but his work has been almost entirely about what he can do through capitalism and entrepreneurship.

PIERRE OMIDYAR

Founder of eBay has a long-standing focus on global issues, but also recently committed $250 million to advance stronger media. 

LARRY PAGE

Cofounder of Google, he seems to channel most of his philanthropic interests through the company's giving. 

SEAN PARKER

First president of Facebook. Has given big for allergy and cancer research. 

BOB PARSONS

Founder of GoDaddy. Gives to traditional causes, mostly veterans and the poor, and mostly in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

ROSS PEROT

Computer systems and software entrepreneur. Former presidential candidate. Supports veterans causes, health care, and arts and culture.

PHILLIP RAGON

Aside from a major donation for AIDS research, Ragon and his wife Susan have mainly given small gifts to organizations in the Boston area, many going to faith-based groups. 

ARTHUR ROCK

Key Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Giving areas include education, legal rights, arts and culture, San Francisco community. 

GARY RUBENS

Tech entrepreneur and angel investor runs a foundation with his wife that has focused heavily on youth and education. Animals are another interest.

KENAN AND ANDREA SAHIN

Kenan founded TIAX. Known for his $100 million pledge to alma mater MIT. Also supports arts and culture, with a focus in Boston.

JOHN SALL

Cofounder of SAS Institute. Gives a lot of money and support to education, but is also a strong supporter of conservation and the environment.

HENRY SAMUELI

Cofounder of Broadcom, owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism. Gives to education, Jewish causes, medical research and youth services.

SHERYL SANDBERG

Executive with Facebook, bestselling author and cofounder of Lean In. Has thus far been private with her personal philanthropy, but is a strong supporter of women's issues.

MICHAEL SAYLOR

Founder of MicroStrategy enterprise software company. His Saylor.org nonprofit provides free online courses. Philanthropy goes to education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services.

ERIC SCHMIDT

Google executive. Strong supporter of environmental sustainability and science with his wife Wendy.

ED SCOTT

Cofounder BEA Systems. Funding areas include global poverty and health, health (especially autism.)

AJAY SHAH

Successful memory-chip entrepreneur and wife Lata Krishnan-Shah focus philanthropy on education, at-risk youth and economic empowerment for Indians.

KAVITARK "RAM" SHRIRAM

Early investor in Google and former exec at Netscape and Amazon; major focus on education, both in the U.S. and in India, where he grew up.

LEN SHUSTEK

Computer networking technology innovator and wife Donna Dubinsky have supported various tech-related causes in education and culture, as well as the environment and health.

THOMAS SIEBEL

Business software entrepreneur, founder of Siebel Systems. Engages in what he calls "catalytic philanthropy." Gives to education, fighting drug abuse, and stem cell research.

STEPHEN SILBERSTEIN

Early tech entrepreneur gives in a variety of areas, including progressive policy, education, libraries, and arts.

CRAIG SILVERSTEIN

Google's "first employee," now at the Khan Academy, is focusing most of his giving on global development and women's education. 

CHARLES SIMONYI

In the Seattle area, Simonyi’s giving runs the gamut, but on a national scale, this Microsoft billionaire is mostly interested in arts and culture, and the occasional educational organization.

JEFF SKOLL

eBay billionaire has largely focused his strategy on investing in social entrepreneurs, but also engages in grantmaking on a wide array of global issues. 

STEPHEN AND PAULA SMITH

Smith and wife Paula focus on the Bay Area. Interests include arts & museums, community, conservation, education, human rights, health.  

JAMES LEE SORENSON

Founder of Sorenson Media and cofounder Sorenson Capital. Funding areas are social impact, education and entrepreneurial training, global health and development.

MARK STEVENS

Former Sequoia partner has given heavily to his alma mater USC, with a focus on neuroscience, and is interested in select other causes as well. 

CHRIS 'BIZ' STONE

Twitter cofounder and entrepreneur is jumping into philanthropy with wife, Livia, with giving for education, youth, and animal welfare.

DAVID SUN

Cofounder of Kingston Technologies, gives away millions of dollars to education and health-care programs in Taiwan. Sun is also a strong supporter of the Chinese community in California.

JIM SWARTZ

Venture capitalist and wife Susan have given millions to education. They're  also interested in activist media.

PETER THIEL

PayPal founder and investor is interested in science, technology, and alternatives to college.

ALAN AND PAM TREFLER

Founder of Pegasystems. Funding areas include community health and wellness, education and youth development, particularly in Boston.

JOHN TU

Cofounder of Kingston Technologies, major benefactor of the Freedom Writers Foundation and education.

ROMESH WADHWANI

Software entrepreneur turned investor. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism, focusing his philanthropy mostly in his home country of India with projects to promote economic growth.

TODD WAGNER

Scored big with Broadcast.com in the 1990s and has been giving away money ever since, mostly for education initiatives in Dallas. Now putting funds into a new project to help nonprofits raise money. 

TED WAITT

Founder of Gateway gives for family violence prevention, marine conservation, and scientific research.

MICHAEL WALRATH

Walrath made his fortune in Internet advertising, and he and his wife Michelle give mostly to schools, environmental organizations, and humanitarian causes.

DAVID F. WELCH

Infinera cofounder. Funding interests include education, environment.

JOSH AND JUDY WESTON

Josh Weston is the former CEO of Automatic Data Processing. Funding interests include education, culture, health, public policy.

MEG WHITMAN

CEO of Hewlett Packard and former CEO at eBay. Seems to give a lot to charity, but it's difficult to tell where it goes as she has yet to establish any pattern in her giving.

EVAN WILLIAMS

Giving with wife, Sara, has stayed mostly in California, but toward a number of issues including education, the environment, free speech and privacy, and voter participation.

FRED WILSON

Wilson is a proponent of education, particularly when it comes to giving kids access to computers and teaching them basic programming skills, and his limited public philanthropy has been in this area. 

ANNE WOJCICKI

Founder of 23andMe and wife of Google cofounder Sergey Brin. 23andMe brings genetic mapping to the masses. Gives grants in the areas of poverty, medical research and Parkinson's disease.

DONALD VALENTINE

Venture capitalist focuses giving in Bay Area and Montana, with support of education, health, and human services.

ANDREW VITERBI

Qualcomm cofounder. Funding areas include education, health, Jewish causes, San Diego community.

DANIEL AND CHARMAINE WARMENHOVEN

Warmenhoven and wife Charmaine focus on the Bay Area. Key interest are human services, health, education and special needs education.

JEFFREY WILKE

Amazon executive and wife Liesl have been ramping up  their grantmaking, with interests in Lyme Disease, education and global literacy.

JERRY YANG

Yahoo cofounder/internet search engine innovator and wife Akiko Yamazaki gave $75 million to his alma mater Stanford, and millions to arts and culture in San Francisco.

MARK ZUCKERBERG

Cofounder of Facebook. Recently launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative whose initial focus areas will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.