Joseph W. Saunders

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Education, Youth, Other

OVERVIEW: Joe Saunders and family move their philanthropy through the Saunders Family Charitable Foundation, which gave away around $1.1 million in a recent year. Education is a top interest of this family; Saunders is supportive of his alma mater University of Denver.

BACKGROUND: Joseph W. Saunders holds both a BS in business administration and an MBA from the University of Denver. He was president of card services at Washington Mutual and president and CEO of Providian Financial Corporation. He was chairman of the board and CEO of Visa Inc. upon its formation in 2007; he retired from Visa in 2013.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Saunders has steadily funded alma mater University of Denver. Earlier in the decade, the Saunders couple created the $1.55 million Joseph W. and Sharon P. Saunders Endowed Global Education Fund, which provides scholarships for global consultancy projects and course work for students. Saunders serves as an emeritus director of Teach for All, which the family has also supported. Other grantees have included Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Northwestern University, StudentsFirst, Teach for America, UCSF, Universal Montessori School, and ETHS Educational Foundation, which works for Evanston Township High School in Illinois.

OTHER: The Saunders family also supports health organizations like American Heart Association. Some of the family's work at UCSF has also involved health. Other grantees have included Del Monte Forest Conservancy and George W. Bush Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Saunders family to stay with their established interest areas for now, with a particular focus on education.


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