NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Gruber & McBaine Capital Management
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, Education, Human Rights, Progressive & Investigative Media, Women’s Issues
OVERVIEW: Jon and Linda Gruber move their philanthropy through the Gruber Family Foundation, which has a website and contact information, but does not accept unsolicited proposals. Jon Gruber has strongly supported his alma mater, MIT. The Bay Area is an important region of giving.
BACKGROUND: Jon D. Gruber graduated from MIT in 1964. In 1987, he founded Gruber & McBaine Capital Management, investment managers in San Francisco.
ARTS: The Gruber Family Foundation’s grantmaking has supported SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum Foundation, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and The Public Theatre. Linda Gruber sits on the board of SFMOMA.
EDUCATION: The Grubers have strongly supported Jon Gruber’s school MIT, where the couple's son also graduated. In the late 1990s, Gruber established a career development professorship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. More recently, Gruber gave a $1 million gift to MIT OpenCourseWare, a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content, available to the world.
Apart from this work, the Grubers via their foundation have supported Cate School, Groton School, St. Bernard’s School, and Wellesley College, where Linda graduated.
HUMAN RIGHTS: Grantees have included Human Rights Watch.
MEDIA: The Grubers have supported NPR, Media Matters for America.
WOMEN’S ISSUES: Linda sits on the board of the Global Fund for Women, which the family strongly supports. Other grantees have included Young Women’s Leadership Network, Chicken & Egg Pictures (cofounded by Gruber Foundation board member Julie Parker Benello), Planned Parenthood (where Linda sits on the board), and global nonprofit organization Room to Read which focuses on literacy and gender equality in education.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Grubers to stick with their select interest areas, with an eye to progressive causes.