An Education Focus: Here's A Rundown of David House's Philanthropy

David House, a longtime Intel executive who once helmed the company's powerhouse microprocessor division, is currently chairman of Brocade Communications Systems, which specializes in data and storage networking products. (I recently dug into the philanthropy of Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney.) House, who coined the "Intel Inside" marketing campaign, has been engaged in philanthropy for years, and established his House Family Foundation in 1999.

The foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear avenue of contact. Annual grantmaking in recent years has been as high as $1.5 million and as low as $484,000. Its asset base, meanwhile, was close to $20 million in a recent year.

Through his foundation, House recently focused on education and youth outfits. Grantees include McMillan School in Muskegon, Michigan; Eastside College Prep School; KIPP Bay Area Schools; Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley; Bay Area After-School All Stars; Foundation for a College Education; Northeastern University; and Breakthrough Silicon Valley, which "launches high potential, underserved middle school students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education."

House emphasizes STEM education, and recent sums have gone to ASPIRAnet's MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) Student Tech Leadership program, which works for "underserved, upper elementary, middle and high school youth to develop necessary technological skills necessary to be successful in today’s global economy," and Foothill College's Krause Center for Innovation, which "designs and implements innovative professional development education & training, with an emphasis on technology integration and STEM curriculum for educators."

The Michigan-born House also strongly supports his undergraduate alma mater, Michigan Technological University, which received a $10 million gift last decade  while House chaired the school's capital campaign. He supports youth outfits such as Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, and Girls Inc. of Alameda County, "a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold."

A big winner here is the Computer History Museum. House sits on the board of trustees, and has given the museum millions. He also supports  San Jose Museum of Art, Tech Museum of Innovation, and Children's Creativity Museum, a multimedia arts and technology museum in San Francisco.

House's philanthropy is laser-focused on the Bay Area and his home state of Michigan. He's recently funded Michigan outfits such as Community Foundation of Muskegon City, Porter Hills Foundation, which supports seniors in Grand Rapids, and Hackley Public Library. In the Bay Area, he supports outfits such as Sacred Heart Community Center, "a non-denominational, nonprofit organization that provides integrated services on site, free of charge, to all in need."

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