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Our Approach


In January 2015, Gordon and Betty Moore finalized a Statement of Founders’ Intent to provide guidance to the Trustees and Management of the organization. This document articulates our founders’ motivations for creating the foundation and explains their interest in each of the areas in which we focus our grantmaking. 

Guided by the goals and aspirations of our founders, our vision is: 

Creating positive outcomes for future generations.

Inspired by the interests of our founders, our mission guides our daily work:

We foster path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area.

Each of our program areas are designed with purpose:

  • Science: We invest in the development of new technologies, support the world’s top research scientists and bring together new – often groundbreaking – scientific partnerships.
  • Environmental Conservation: We balance long-term conservation with sustainable use to protect critical ecosystems.
  • Patient Care: We improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.
  • San Francisco Bay Area: We foster, preserve, and enhance the special character of the Bay Area, where the foundation can make a difference consistent with the founders’ values.