Michael Davis & Jyll Johnstone

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Private Investor 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Environment, Media, Health & Human Services

OVERVIEW: Michael Davis and his wife Jyll move their philanthropy through the Skywords Family Foundation. Media is one interest: the couple support Canobie Films, where Janet works as a director. Other support goes to farming in the Bay Area. 

BACKGROUND: Born in New York City, Michael A. Davis attended Harvard University. He’s a private investor and chairs the board of Cyanotech, a world leader in microalgae technology.

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Davis and Johnstone's foundation has supported Mann Waldorf School, The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, and American Medical College of Homeopathy.

 ENVIRONMENT: The family has partnered with two others in a Biodynamic farm in Mendocino County, California. Jyll says they're “attempting a return to a more traditional and balanced farm ecosystem.” The family has funded Ginungagap Foundation, whose grantees include Filgreen Farm; Summerfield Waldorf School Farm; and Equity Trust, whose mission is to “promote equity in the world by changing the way people think about and hold property.” 

MEDIA: The couple supports Canobie Films, where Jyll has been directing and producing her documentaries since the early 1990s. Other grantees include SteinerBooks.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees include The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, an addiction treatment center, and The Gesundheit Institute, a nonprofit healthcare organization.           

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple to continue to focus on their unique interest areas, with an eye towards the media and the environment.

CONTACT:

Skywords Family Foundation
235 Montgomery St., 17th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94104