NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs; Anthos Capital
FUNDING AREAS: Education, Spiritual, Arts/Music
OVERVIEW: Eff Martin, his wife Patty, and family move their philanthropy through the Martin Family Foundation. The Martins have several interests in their giving, including education. Martin is also interested Christian spiritual formation. Though the couple is based in the Bay Area, their philanthropy is broad in reach.
BACKGROUND: Eff W. Martin received a BA and an MS in mechanical engineering from Rice University, and obtained an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1973. Martin spent some three decades in the investment banking industry. At Goldman Sachs, he was one of the founders of the firm’s high technology business and became a partner in 1988. He went on to become a founding partner of Anthos Capital.
EDUCATION: The Martins have strongly supported the College of William & Mary. Martin and Patty did not attend the school, but their daughter did. Eff and Patty Martin helped bankroll a lacrosse and soccer facility at the school called Martin Family Stadium. In California, meanwhile, the Martins have supported Pepperdine University, where a $1 million gift supported a new spiritual life initiative. Westmont College, meanwhile, is home to the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture at the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation.
Martin Family Foundation grantees have also included Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Duke Divinity School, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy (where Martin sits on the board), and Redwood City Unified School District.
SPIRITUAL: Eff Martin is deeply engaged in several areas of Christian spiritual formation ministries. He is an elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, which the couple has strongly supported. Other grantees have included WellSpring in Menlo Park, which offers “offers resources for enlivening and sustaining a life-giving and transformative relationship with Jesus,” and Free At Last, a nonprofit founded last decade by Ron Richie, a minister. Richie serves as president of Free at Last and Eff Martin serves as chairman. The couple is also involved with Renovare, and Renovare Institute: School for Christian Spiritual Formation.
ARTS/MUSIC: Grantees have included Bitterroot Performing Arts Council and San Francisco Symphony, where Martin serves as a life governor.
OTHER: The Martins, via their foundation, have also supported select environmental, sports, and medical institutions. They’ve also supported human rights organization International Justice Mission.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Martin family to stick with their select interest areas, with educational and spiritual causes receiving top support.
The Martin Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Martin Family Foundation
750 3rd Ave., 11th Fl.
New York City, NY 10017