Timothy and Kristine Dattels

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs, TPG Capital

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, Other

OVERVIEW: Timothy Dattels and his wife, Kristine, move their philanthropy through the Kingfisher Foundation, which aims “to restore and preserve the health and resilience of marine fish populations through the reduction or elimination of illegal, destructive and economically unviable fishing practices.” Kristine Dattels serves as executive director of the foundation. Kingfisher does not accept unsolicited proposals, and its website provides limited information about recent grants.

BACKGROUND: Timothy David Dattels received his bachelor's degree from University of Western Ontario, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He began his career at Wood Gundy, a brokerage and investment firm in Toronto. He joined Goldman Sachs in the 1990s, eventually becoming a partner and managing director. In 2004, Dattels joined the private equity firm TPG Capital, where he serves as partner and co-head of Asian business. Kristine Dattels is a graduate of Whitman College.


ENVIRONMENT: The Dattelses family founded the Kingfisher Foundation in 1998 with the goal of protecting marine wildlife in the North American Pacific and around tropical coral reef fisheries. In addition to directing Kingfisher, Kristine serves the boards of directors at the California-based Sustainable Conservation and the Environmental Defense Fund.

OTHER: The Dattelses have supported their alma maters, supporting athletics at Whitman College and providing regular support to the University of Western Ontario. They have also supported Pitzer College in suburban Los Angeles. The couple has also supported arts organizations in the San Francisco-area, including the Asian Art Museum, the Merola Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and SFJAZZ.

LOOKING FORWARD: Timothy and Kristine will likely continue their work in marine conservation. Education and arts and culture are two areas where grantmaking may increase in the coming years.


Kingfisher Foundation