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.
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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.
Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Has a foundation with his wife, the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation.
Former Microsoft CEO is starting to build a philanthropic track record with his wife Connie. Is keenly interested in youth, among other issues.
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.
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.
Founder of Amazon. Supports education, arts and culture and brain research. Recent large donations from Bezos have gone toward higher education and museums.
Bebo founder Birch has given significant support for charity:water and used his technological expertise to support causes he cares about
An early tech winner with GeoCities, Bohnett is a major supporter of LGBT causes, the arts, and more.
Cofounder of Cisco. Donates mainly to animal welfare through a foundation he created with his now ex-wife, Sandy Lerner.
The early venture capitalist gives for higher education, health causes, science research, and the Bay Area community.
Cofounder of Google. Strong supporter of medical research, especially Parkinson's, poverty, support for Russian immigrants, and fighting anti-Semitism.
Early Google employee and founder of Friendfeed. Publicly solicited ideas for grantmaking and supports health, but otherwise keeps his giving very private.
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.
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.
The biggest gifts by this angel investor have been for healthcare, but Conway has also supported gun control and local causes in San Francisco.
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.
CEO of Apple. Beginning to make major gifts, mainly focused on health, U.S. hospitals, and diseases overseas.
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.
Google executive and software engineer. Cutts and wife Cindy have supported policy and civic action, digital rights, education, health and human services.
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.
Dean, a Google senior fellow, and wife Heidi Hopper are developing philanthropic interests in education, including STEM diversity, global health, among other areas.
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.
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.
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.
Tech venture capitalist. The bulk of his giving is in the area of education, but he also supports environmental and health care causes.
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.
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.
Founder of Peoplesoft. Virtually all of his giving goes toward animal rights issues. Strong supporter of no-kill shelters.
The biotech billionaire has supported higher education, as well as health causes, particularly around drug rehabilitation.
Founder of Corio; Accel Partners investor. Has given to youth leadership and education, public health, global development, women's empowerment.
Founder of IDX, Egerman and wife Joanne are interested in policy and civic action, education, health and Jewish causes.
Founder and CEO of Oracle. Was a strong supporter of cutting-edge medical research, but has recently shifted philanthropic priorities to animals and wildlife.
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.
Summit Partners tech investor and wife Bridgett have set up a scholarship at Harvard Business School and have supported artists and the arts.
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.
Founder of Priceline and MissionPoint Capital. Has backed sustainable food systems, and resilient habitats and communities.
Cofounder of Yahoo. Most of his giving goes to his alma maters, Stanford and Tulane, education reform, and environmental causes.
Head of Google Foundation, formerly at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding areas include global poverty, health care, environment and climate change, information technology access.
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.
Founder of RightNow Technologies. Issues include jobs, education, family, Christian outreach, local arts and culture, protecting the vulnerable.
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.
Founder of RealNetworks. Strong supporter of independent progressive media, global health, and animal rights causes.
Cofounder of the SAS Institute. Most of his giving goes toward improving education and reforming the current educational system.
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.
Seattle-based tech investor and venture capitalist and wife Leslie support environmental, education and gun control causes.
Netflix founder is active in education and immigration reform. Hastings and wife Patty Quillin are Giving Pledge signatories.
Cofounder Stratus Computer; venture capitalist, Sigma + Partners. Funding areas include education, health and science research, arts and culture, Boston community.
Not much is known about his philanthropy, except that he supports several charities dedicated to funding cancer research and other health-related causes.
Founder of LinkedIn. Strong supporter of philanthrocapitalism. Most of his giving is in support of microloans to entrepreneurs in poor areas.
Longtime Intel executive, now chairman of Brocade Communications Systems. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, Michigan community, Bay Area community.
Cofounder of Facebook and current publisher and executive chairman of New Republic. Hughes prioritizes economic development, LGBT rights, and global health in his giving.
Tech entrepreneur and executive. Strong supporter of education and arts and culture, mostly in his hometown of San Diego.
Steve Jobs's widow has strong interests in education, immigration and the environment.
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.
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.
Lotus cofounder mainly focuses giving on social and racial equity, STEM education, and the environment.
AOL cofounder and investor cares about humanitarian issues, education, and the arts.
Founder Peninsula Capital. Focuses on youth, global development, higher education.
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.
Exec at Ariba, RightPoint, NeXT, DEC, HP. An impact investor with wife Lisa through their KL Felicitas Foundation.
Founder of online retailer Half.com; with wife Rena has given to education and youth, cancer and celiac disease, and Jewish causes.
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.
Instagram cofounder and wife Kaitlyn are particularly interested in criminal justice reform, as well as U.S. policy, science and global health and development.
With husband Ajay, Krishnan-Shah supports education, at-risk youth, and economic empowerment for women and the underpriviledged, in the U.S. and India.
Founder of Groupon. Most of his giving is focused on education, human rights, medical research, and arts and culture.
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 support various Jewish causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other funding has gone to education and youth, art, and health.
NVIDIA Corp. cofounder. Funding areas include environment and animals, education and youth, human services, humanitarian causes.
Education, global economic development, and the environment are top causes for McCaw, who made his fortune in the cell phone industry.
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.
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.
The entrepreneur and investor has given big to support social entrepreneurship, and for environmental and local Bay Area causes.
Tech venture capitalist. Much of his giving is focused on education, especially his alma mater, Oxford University, and supporting the San Francisco community.
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.
The Moores support healthcare, education, arts, and Christian evangelism.
Former CEO and chairman of Applied Materials. Funding interests include youth and children, education, environment, community stewardship.
PeopleSoft co-founder, Workday executive. Morris and wife Linda have long supported his alma mater SMU. Interests include animals, education and youth, human services.
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.
Tech serial entrepreneur, as cofounder of PayPal and Tesla Motors. His giving is focused on renewable energy, science and engineering education, and pediatric health.
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.
Microsoft's long-time lawyer. Gives to advance science, higher education and world justice by advancing the rule of law.
Cofounder of Broadcom. Gives mostly to education and causes related to the Episcopal Church.
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.
Cofounder of Reddit. Interested in digital rights, community funding. Only in his 30s, so giving may evolve and expand.
The Kinko's founder gives primarily in the Santa Barbara area, focusing on early childhood education, higher education, and learning programs.
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.
Founder of eBay has a long-standing focus on global issues, but also recently committed $250 million to advance stronger media.
Cofounder of Google, he seems to channel most of his philanthropic interests through the company's giving.
First president of Facebook. Has given big for allergy and cancer research.
Founder of GoDaddy. Gives to traditional causes, mostly veterans and the poor, and mostly in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Computer systems and software entrepreneur. Former presidential candidate. Supports veterans causes, health care, and arts and culture.
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.
Key Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Giving areas include education, legal rights, arts and culture, San Francisco community.
Tech entrepreneur and angel investor runs a foundation with his wife that has focused heavily on youth and education. Animals are another interest.
Kenan founded TIAX. Known for his $100 million pledge to alma mater MIT. Also supports arts and culture, with a focus in Boston.
Cofounder of SAS Institute. Gives a lot of money and support to education, but is also a strong supporter of conservation and the environment.
Cofounder of Broadcom, owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism. Gives to education, Jewish causes, medical research and youth services.
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.
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.
Google executive. Strong supporter of environmental sustainability and science with his wife Wendy.
Cofounder BEA Systems. Funding areas include global poverty and health, health (especially autism.)
Successful memory-chip entrepreneur and wife Lata Krishnan-Shah focus philanthropy on education, at-risk youth and economic empowerment for Indians.
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.
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.
Business software entrepreneur, founder of Siebel Systems. Engages in what he calls "catalytic philanthropy." Gives to education, fighting drug abuse, and stem cell research.
Early tech entrepreneur gives in a variety of areas, including progressive policy, education, libraries, and arts.
Google's "first employee," now at the Khan Academy, is focusing most of his giving on global development and women's education.
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.
eBay billionaire has largely focused his strategy on investing in social entrepreneurs, but also engages in grantmaking on a wide array of global issues.
Smith and wife Paula focus on the Bay Area. Interests include arts & museums, community, conservation, education, human rights, health.
Founder of Sorenson Media and cofounder Sorenson Capital. Funding areas are social impact, education and entrepreneurial training, global health and development.
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.
Twitter cofounder and entrepreneur is jumping into philanthropy with wife, Livia, with giving for education, youth, and animal welfare.
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.
Venture capitalist and wife Susan have given millions to education. They're also interested in activist media.
PayPal founder and investor is interested in science, technology, and alternatives to college.
Founder of Pegasystems. Funding areas include community health and wellness, education and youth development, particularly in Boston.
Cofounder of Kingston Technologies, major benefactor of the Freedom Writers Foundation and education.
Software entrepreneur turned investor. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism, focusing his philanthropy mostly in his home country of India with projects to promote economic growth.
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.
Founder of Gateway gives for family violence prevention, marine conservation, and scientific research.
Walrath made his fortune in Internet advertising, and he and his wife Michelle give mostly to schools, environmental organizations, and humanitarian causes.
Infinera cofounder. Funding interests include education, environment.
Josh Weston is the former CEO of Automatic Data Processing. Funding interests include education, culture, health, public policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Venture capitalist focuses giving in Bay Area and Montana, with support of education, health, and human services.
Qualcomm cofounder. Funding areas include education, health, Jewish causes, San Diego community.
Warmenhoven and wife Charmaine focus on the Bay Area. Key interest are human services, health, education and special needs education.
Amazon executive and wife Liesl have been ramping up their grantmaking, with interests in Lyme Disease, education and global literacy.
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.
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.