NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Polaris Venture Partners, investor, media executive
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Jewish causes, Arts & Culture
OVERVIEW: Alan Spoon and his wife Teri move their philanthropy through the Alan and Terri Spoon Family Foundation. Spoon supports his schools. Another interest is the arts.
BACKGROUND: Alan G. Spoon graduated with an S.B. and an S.M. from MIT and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. He worked for the Washington Post Company, ultimately serving as president until 2000. Spoon was a general partner at Polaris Venture Partners, a private investment firm that provides venture capital and management assistance to development-stage information technology and life sciences companies.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Spoon supports his alma maters MIT and Harvard Law School. He is a board member of edX, an MIT/Harvard global online education platform. The couple has also supported the Norwood School in Bethesda, Maryland.
JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Hebrew College, and Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.
ARTS & CULTURE: Terri is an overseer at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, both of which the couple supports. She holds a degree in human environment and design and has an interest in photography. Other grantees include Smithsonian Institution (Spoon is a regent emeritus).
OTHER: The Spoons have supported Women for Human Rights and Henry Ford Health Center.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple to stick with their select interests. Apart from Boston and the Mid-Atlantic region, Detroit, Terri’s hometown, may also emerge as an area of giving.
Alan and Terri Spoon Family Foundation
11 Ledge Ways
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481