by: Linda Baron and Sue Crockett

The foundation exists because of events that took place in the Silicon Valley. -Gordon Moore

Silicon Valley is the place we call home. Our founders, Gordon and Betty Moore, spent most of their lives and raised their family in this region. It is the place where Gordon co-founded two iconic companies – Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. And, it is where our foundation is located.

A passion for this region is in our DNA. Major institutions across the Bay Area, including universities, conservation organizations, hospitals and science and technology museums, have always been key partners in our strategic philanthropy. Yet we recognize our obligation to our local community goes deeper.

When we opened our office in Palo Alto in 2009, we refined what we call our Community Fund to provide charitable contributions to service-oriented organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Each year, a team of administrative staff select a focus area and research community-based organizations dedicated to that work. Our hope is that this unexpected funding will help these organizations advance the critical work they are doing.

2017 Community Fund recipients

This year, 20 organizations focused on senior care were selected for a one-time $25,000 contribution*:

Annual #MooreService Day

In addition to these annual contributions, we established a tradition of community service that allows us to give back to our community. Each year on #GivingTuesday, our staff is encouraged to take a day to volunteer. Our staff could be found doing restoration work at Mori Point in Pacifica; removing invasive species and repairing educational kits for Palo Alto Baylands; helping Surfrider Foundation clean up China Beach in San Francisco; sorting and wrapping gifts for Family Giving Tree in Sunnyvale; and preparing meals at Samaritan House in San Mateo.

We recognize how fortunate we are to live and work where we do. This holiday season, we are grateful that we are able to support just some of the organizations that are doing so much to strengthen our community, the place we call home.

*Please note: We do not accept solicitations for consideration for these contributions.

Linda Baron is the executive assistant to the foundation's president. Sue Crockett is the executive assistant to the chief administrative officer and for the San Francisco Bay Area Program. 






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