The Foundation operates in three specific areas of focus—environmental conservation, science, and patient care. The Foundation is devoted to the inspirational vision articulated by our founders: “creating positive outcomes for future generations.”
The Foundation’s initiatives are focused areas of interest that fall within our programs. Initiatives must be approved by the Foundation's Board. The Foundation has organized the majority of its grantmaking around these initiatives, and each initiative includes a portfolio of outcome-based grants. We encourage and support collaboration among the grantees involved in our initiatives to achieve the most significant and enduring outcomes possible.
Currently, the Foundation supports five Board-approved initiatives:
In addition to initiative-based grantmaking, the Foundation is providing significant funding to the California Institute of Technology and the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Long-term funding commitments have been made to support these organizations on multiple projects that will lead to large-scale outcomes.
Initiatives. Initiatives are built around well-developed strategies for concentrated investments, focused on the long-term and achieving significant impact. Initiatives are characterized by a portfolio approach to grantmaking, and other engagements of the Foundation, to pursue ambitious, large-scale outcomes. Initiatives constitute about 80% of the Foundation’s grantmaking.
Program grants. Program grants are directly in service of the program theory of change and goals. Individual research and development grants explore new program strategies and new initiatives.