How we approach problem solving

We focus our investments in areas that we believe we can make a difference. There are significant problems facing the world today and more will arise in the future. Many problems are of a scope and complexity too large for our foundation to take head on. Our program strategies are guided by a rigorous assessment which evaluates whether our capacity and resources can be a significant factor in bringing about measurable, durable solutions.

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We balance long-term conservation with sustainable use to protect critical ecosystems.     We seek to advance basic science through developing new technologies, supporting imaginative research scientists and creating new collaborations at the frontiers of traditional scientific disciplines.     We foster, preserve, and enhance the special character of the Bay Area, where the foundation can make a difference consistent with the founders' values.

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