A goal of Gordon and Betty Moore in creating the Foundation was to give back to the community that has been their home for more than 70 years. The San Francisco Bay Area Portfolio works to ensure that local grantmaking reflects their interests and priorities to benefit the local community.
The San Francisco Bay Area Portfolio prioritizes acquisition projects that are grounded on science-based regional conservation planning. Individual acquisition projects are evaluated on how well they contribute to the following criteria:
A. large-scale parcels of intact habitat and/or land that expands existing protected areas;
B. lands that help ensure adequate habitat representation throughout the Bay Area to support lasting ecological integrity and biodiversity;
To ensure the durability of these efforts, the Foundation also works to delineate connectivity, increase climate change resiliency, and enhance long-term stewardship. A small number of grants are made for scientific research to provide information to support effective stewardship.
The Foundation also seeks opportunities in the Bay Area to implement innovative strategies such as, for example, utilizing carbon credits as a way to achieve conservation gains and other such approaches that move beyond traditional strategies.