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. 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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Brian and Tegan Acton support basic needs of low-income families with young children, education, youth, Bay Area community, human and civil rights, and more.
Rick and Donnalyn Adams back digital rights and policy, and arts and culture.
At the time of his death, the late co-founder of Microsoft had moved beyond his focus on brain research and the Pacific Northwest to give 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.
Funding areas include education and youth, health and human services, and religious causes. Connecticut, Colorado, and Florida are focuses.
Bagley and family support health and human services, and education and youth.
Former Microsoft CEO is starting to build a philanthropic track record with his wife Connie. Is keenly interested in youth, among other issues.
Philanthropic causes include education and youth, health, arts and culture, and the Seattle community.
Buddy and Charlotte Beck fund military and veterans causes, and education.
Former exec at Digital Equipment Corp. and Microsoft, C. Gordon Bell and his wife Gwen support education, digital history and rights, arts and culture, health and human services. Regional giving in Bay Area, New Jersey and Colorado.
Funding areas include education and youth.
Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff give most of their money to health care causes, but also support programs involving education and community services for the poor.
Funding causes include education and youth, religious, and global and humanitarian work. Interests include helping women and children in cities and the developing world through innovative ideas in social work.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie have engaged in limited philanthropy so far, although major gifts have supported education, arts & culture, immigrants, and medical research.
Bebo founder Birch and his wife Xochi have given significant support for charity:water and other causes.
The Airbnb co-founder and wife Elizabeth, a physician, are Giving Pledge signatories, and have said they're interested in funding education, scientific research, medicine, space exploration, conservation and governance.
The founder of Delphi Ventures and family give to global policy issues, veterans and Bay Area community causes.
An early tech winner with GeoCities, Bohnett is a major supporter of LGBT causes, the arts, and more.
The founder of Micro-Mechanics and wife give to education and youth, human services/humanitarian, environmental and animal causes.
Co-founder of Cisco. Donates mainly to animal welfare through a foundation he created with his ex-wife, Sandy Lerner.
The founder of the Aldus software company runs the Brainerd Foundation with his sister, Sherry. Funds have mainly gone to environmental organizations, particularly in the Northwest. The foundation has given about $66 million so far and will sunset in 2020.
Funding areas include disaster relief, humanitarian aid, economic development and the environment.
Co-founder of Google. Strong supporter of medical research, especially Parkinson's disease, 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 private.
The founder of AOL and his wife are big believers in the power of entrepreneurship and are also keen to reinvent how philanthropy operates.
The former CEO and chairman of Cisco and his wife give to education and youth, health and human services, and to various international NGOs.
The tech executive gives to education and youth, religious, global and human services causes.
The tech executive and investor and wife give to education and youth, community, global and religious causes.
The Airbnb co-founder and CEO has funded humanitarian and disaster relief, and has said he wants to encourage young people to be entrepreneurs.
Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist James Clark 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.
While the Apple CEO's record of public giving is pretty sparse so far, Cook has pledged that all his wealth will eventually go to charity. He has also dramatically increased Apple's giving.
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.
Former Google executive and software engineer. Cutts has supported policy and civic action, digital rights, education, and health and human services.
The mapping billionaire's company provides in-kind services to K-12 schools, and the Dangermonds have 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 and global health, among other areas.
Funding interests include education and youth, charitable research, health, and the Bay area community.
Founder of Affiliated Computer Services, later sold to Xerox. The Deason family funds education, health and human services, and arts and culture. Son Doug is interested in criminal justice reform.
Founder of Dell Computers. Gives a lot of money to healthcare research and fitness causes, education, and family economic security. His foundation is also active in global development.
The Desai Foundation aims to empower and elevate the health and wellbeing of women and children in India and the U.S.
Early Google employee turned investor. David and wife Nancy Blachman support film and media, policy and civic action, STEM education, and San Francisco 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.
Ray died in 2013, but left huge assets that his wife Dagmar is giving to philanthropy, supporting organizations fighting such diverse issues as women's rights, child abuse, and poverty.
Dorsey’s record of charitable contributions is still brief, 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.
The Drews fund health, human services and veterans, arts and media, education and youth causes.
Founder of Peoplesoft. Virtually all of his giving goes toward animal rights issues. Strong supporter of no-kill shelters.
The biotech billionaire supports 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, and 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.
ALAN EUSTACE AND KATHY KWAN
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 provide a scholarship at Harvard Business School and support 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.
The Dropbox cofounder's recently-launched Dropbox Foundation is concentrating initially on human rights, but Ferdowsi and the foundation may broaden their focus in coming years.
Co-founder of Yahoo. Most of his giving goes to his alma maters, Stanford and Tulane, education reform, and environmental causes.
Founder of Priceline and MissionPoint Capital. Has backed sustainable food systems, and resilient habitats and communities.
The tech investor and his wife fund health and human services, Jewish causes, education and youth, and arts and culture.
The founder of Brandsoft and family fund children's health, education and youth, human services, and religious causes.
The Freidenrich couple support education and youth, health, Jewish causes, policy, and the Bay Area community.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife are among the world's leading philanthropists. Much of their giving has focused on improving life in developing countries.
The Airbnb co-founder is a Giving Pledge signatory (like his co-founders). Funding areas include education and humanitarian causes. Encouraging future creatives and entrepreneurs is an interest.
Funding areas include education and youth, and the Nantucket community.
Founder of RightNow Technologies. Issues include jobs, education, family, Christian outreach, local arts and culture, and protecting the vulnerable.
The Gills fund environmental and civil rights, arts and culture, global, education and youth causes.
An early tech winner with Quark, Gill is a philanthropist of LBGTQ causes and founder of the Gill Foundation.
Founder of RealNetworks. Strong supporter of independent progressive media, global health, and animal rights causes.
Co-founder of the SAS Institute. Most of his giving goes toward improving education and reforming the current educational system.
The late Intel co-founder'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.
Funding areas include education and youth, and the Indian community.
Seattle-based tech investor and venture capitalist and wife Leslie support environmental, education and gun control causes.
Funding focuses on education and community development.
Netflix founder is active in education and immigration reform. Hastings and wife Patty Quillin are Giving Pledge signatories.
Co-founder of Stratus Computer and venture capitalist with Sigma + Partners. Funding areas include education, health and science research, arts and culture, and the 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.
Funding interests include higher education, health and science research, and the Chinese community. Tens of millions have gone to his alma mater, USC.
Hitz and family support the arts, environment, science, education and community.
The venture capitalist and wife fund education and youth, Bay Area community causes, and health, particularly Alzheimer's research.
REID HOFFMAN AND MICHELLE YEE
The founder of LinkedIn and his wife support a range of organizations, including those that support entrepreneurs, economic development, entrepreneurship, youth activism, education, and public policy.
Longtime Intel executive, now chairman of Brocade Communications Systems. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, the Michigan community, and the Bay Area community.
The Dropbox cofounder's funding interests include human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration. He recently launched Dropbox Foundation with Dropbox cofounder Arash Ferdowsi, which will focus initially on human rights.
The founder of Nvidia and his wife support education and youth and STEM education. They support Stanford University, and efforts to boost diversity in artificial intelligence.
Co-founder of Facebook and current publisher and executive chairman of the New Republic. Hughes prioritizes economic development, LGBT rights and global health in his giving.
The co-founder of Cavium supports the Pakistani community, and global, education and youth causes.
Funding areas include education, arts and culture, and peace and conflict resolution.
Tech entrepreneur and executive. Strong supporter of education, health, arts, and culture, mostly in his hometown of San Diego.
Steve Jobs's widow has strong interests in education, immigration and the environment.
The Jordans support health, education and youth, animals and the environment, human services and humanitarian causes. Jeff Jordan is a tech executive and venture capitalist.
Funding interests include education, social improvement, arts, public media, and medical causes.
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 supports policy and civic action, education and youth, digital rights, and health and human services.
Lotus co-founder mainly focuses his philanthropy on social and racial equity, STEM education and the environment.
Co-founder 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.
Founder of Peninsula Capital. Focuses on youth, global development and higher education.
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, so it's difficult to say what causes he'll support. However, he's put close to $556 million into a donor-advised fund.
The founder of Computer Discount Warehouse and his wife support education, the Jewish community, medical research, and community services.
The Krauses fund education and youth, health, and arts and culture. Much of their giving involves the Bay Area.
Instagram co-founder and wife Kaitlyn are particularly interested in criminal justice reform, as well as U.S. policy, science and global health and development.
The Juniper Networks chairman and wife Joanie channel much of their philanthropy through the 1440 Foundation, which is concerned with various aspects of wellness.
The co-founder of National Semiconductor and his wife fund work in religious, policy, education, medical and social improvement causes.
The venture capitalist and wife fund health, arts and culture, and education and youth.
Founder of Groupon. Most of his giving is focused on education, human rights, medical research (including a major grant to the Program in Human Genetics at UC San Francisco), and arts and culture.
Along with her ex-husband and Cisco co-founder, Lerner has donated more than 70 percent of the wealth she made at Cisco to charitable causes, focusing mainly on animal welfare.
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. co-founder. Funding areas include environment and animals, education and youth, human services, and humanitarian causes.
Education, global economic development, education, 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 and environment.
Funding interests include animals and the arts. The McNamees are developing a sanctuary for retired zoo elephants in Northern California.
McNealy has used the open source philosophy he embraced at Sun Microsystems to tackle education through a nonprofit he founded called Curriki. His family foundation also supports health and 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.
Funding areas include medical research, education and youth, arts and culture, law enforcement and homeland security, religious and communal organizations, civic engagement, and history.
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, and community stewardship.
Tech venture capitalist. Much of his giving is focused on education, especially his alma mater, Oxford University, and supporting the San Francisco community.
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 co-founder has pledged to give away his entire fortune during his lifetime. The couple has a foundation making grants for global health, among other issues.
The Snapchat co-founder has committed millions of dollars of the company's shares to philanthropy, with youth as one focus. But Murphy is only just starting out in philanthropy, so his interests will probably come into greater focus in coming years.
Tech serial entrepreneur, co-founder 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.
The InvenSense founder focuses giving on education, poverty, healthcare, non-violence and diplomacy.
Microsoft's longtime principal legal counsel, former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team ownership group. Gives to advanced science, higher education and world justice by advancing the rule of law.
Funding interests include education and youth, health and human services, and arts and culture. Los Angeles is a region of giving.
Much of Newmark’s philanthropy backs using the Internet to leverage his donations; he encourages others to give by creating fundraising challenges to which he matches donations.
Co-founder of Broadcom. Gives mostly to education and causes related to the Episcopal Church.
Co-founder of Reddit. Interested in digital rights, community funding. Ohanian is in his 30s, so giving may evolve and expand in the future.
O’Leary has supported causes including 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 longstanding focus on global issues, such as health, education, and economic development, but he also supports property rights, government transparency, and technology. He has committed $250 million to advance stronger media.
The Kinko's founder gives primarily in the Santa Barbara area, focusing on early childhood education, higher education, and learning programs.
Google co-founder Page seems to channel most of his philanthropic interests through the company's giving.
First president of Facebook. Has given big for science, global health, civic engagement, and 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, healthcare, and arts and culture.
The co-founder of Nvidia Corp. funds education and youth, health, and Bay Area community causes.
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 to faith-based groups.
Key Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Giving areas include education, legal rights, arts and culture, San Francisco community.
Martine Rothblatt, who founded Sirius XM and United Therapeutics, and her wife Bina fund nanotechnology research and policy for human life extension, and scientific and medical research.
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.
Co-founder of SAS Institute. Gives a lot of money and support to education, but is also a strong supporter of conservation and the environment.
Co-founder of Broadcom, owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism. Gives to education, Jewish causes, medical research and youth services.
The investor and entrepreneur funds work for economic opportunity in California, education, and more.
Executive with Facebook, bestselling author and co-founder 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.
Funding interests include U.S. economic policy and think tanks, higher education, medical research, and cultural organizations. Schwartz is chairman emeritus of Third Way, a non-partisan strategy center for progressives, and is vice chair at The New School.
Co-founder BEA Systems. Funding areas include global poverty and health, health, especially autism.
Funding areas include education and youth, health, and religious causes.
Successful memory-chip entrepreneurs Ajay and 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 support tech-related causes in education and culture, Jewish causes, the environment, and health.
Business software entrepreneur, founder of Siebel Systems. Engages in what he calls "catalytic philanthropy." Gives to energy research, 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, including environment, education, economic opportunity, health, humanitarian efforts, social change, and sustainable markets.
Smith and wife Paula focus on the Bay Area. Interests include arts & museums, community, conservation, education, human rights, health.
Founder of Sorenson Media and co-founder Sorenson Capital. Funding areas are social impact, education and entrepreneurial training, global health and development.
The Snapchat co-founder has committed millions worth of the company's shares to the Snap Foundation, created with co-founder Bobby Murphy. They say Snap will benefit primarily youth, education and nonprofit arts programs.
The Spitters family has funded education and youth, international relief, medical research, and arts and culture.
Funding areas include faith-based mission services, education and training, healthcare and health education.
The wireless industry veterans are focused on the Pacific Northwest in their philanthropy. Funds go to education and youth, human services, humanitarian, and health causes.
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.
BIZ AND LIVIA STONE
Twitter co-founder and entrepreneur is jumping into philanthropy with wife, Livia, with giving for education, youth, and animal welfare.
Co-founder of Kingston Technologies, gives away millions of dollars to education and healthcare 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.
Taneja family giving interests include education and youth, religious, and global causes. The couple support and are involved with Khan Academy.
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.
Funding areas include education and youth, policy and global issues, causes in India, and arts and culture.
Co-founder of Kingston Technologies, major benefactor of the Freedom Writers Foundation and education.
Software entrepreneur turned investor. Strong proponent of philanthrocapitalism, focusing his philanthropy in his home country of India as well as East Africa and Latin America 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, arts and culture, and humanitarian causes.
The tech executive and investor and his wife support education and youth causes.
Infinera co-founder. Funding interests include education and the environment.
Josh Weston is the former CEO of Automatic Data Processing. Funding interests include education, culture, health and public policy.
CEO of Hewlett Packard and former CEO at eBay. Seems to give substantial amounts to charity, but it's difficult to tell where it goes, as she has yet to establish a pattern in her giving.
Philanthropy by the retired Intel executive and family largely focuses on education and cancer care and research. They established the FamiliesCAN program to help cancer patients, and the Whittier Educational Foundation to assist underserved students in the West Contra Costa school district.
Evan Williams and his wife Sara give mostly in California, but also back issues including education and the environment.
Funding interests include Jewish causes and the Bay Area community.
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 co-founder Sergey Brin. 23andMe brings genetic mapping to the masses. Gives grants in the areas of poverty, medical research and Parkinson's disease.
Funding areas include education and youth, Jewish causes, and the Bay Area community. Susan conducts philanthropy through a few channels, including the Troper Wojcicki Foundation, the Anne Wojcicki Foundation (named for her sister), and a donor-advised fund.
Venture capitalist focuses giving in Bay Area and Montana, with support of education, health, and human services.
Qualcomm co-founder. Funding areas include education, health, Jewish causes, San Diego community.
The Wakerly family focuses giving on social services, education, and economic development.
Warmenhoven and wife Charmaine focus on the Bay Area. Key interests are human services, global issues,health, education and special needs education.
Funding areas include education and healthcare. California is a region of focus.
Amazon executive and wife Liesl back Lyme disease research, education and global literacy.
The retired tech exec and wife back education and youth causes, and art.
The Xie brothers give to education and youth, and athletics, particularly tennis.
Yahoo co-founder/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.
The co-founder of Facebook and his wife oversee the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which works in the areas of education, medical research, and other issues.