The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Mission

The mission of the foundation is to transform lives and strengthen communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge, and promoting social programs. The foundation advances its mission through focusing on the following key areas: arts and culture, asset building, basic needs, libraries, innovations in science and technology and youth education.

Background

Established in 2005 in WA. In 2004, The Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, along with The Allen Foundation for the Arts, The Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research, The Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation, The Allen Foundation for Music, and The Paul G. Allen Virtual Education Foundation, were consolidated into a new foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation - Founded by the late Paul G. Allen and his sister, Jo Lynn Allen. Paul G. Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He was also co-founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. Ms. Allen is President and C.E.O. of Vulcan Inc., the project and investment management firm she co-founded with Mr. Allen, in 1986. Under the auspices of parent company Vulcan Inc., Mr. Allen was invested in more than 50 companies that cross-sect a wide array of industries, including cable TV and telecommunications, sports, technology, aerospace, entertainment, biotechnology, oil and real estate.

The late Paul G. Allen had committed to The Giving Pledge, and he had pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.

Grantmaking Programs

Arts and Culture

The program nurtures creative expression and promotes critical thinking through the creation and presentation of artistic works that address the social, political, and cultural issues of the current times. The foundation also helps cultural organizations strengthen their infrastructure and adapt their business models to sustain themselves in changing times. Grant applications for this program are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff through the foundation's web site.

Asset Building

The program helps low-income individuals and families achieve long-term economic stability and success. It does this by supporting financial education, entrepreneurship, home ownership, and employment training and placement. Grant applications for this program are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff through the foundation's web site.

Science and Technology

The program advances promising research and technological developments that have the potential to expand knowledge, improve health, and protect the environment. Grant applications for this program are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted.

Basic Needs

The program helps the region's most vulnerable residents meet their basic needs, including food and shelter. Grant applications for this program are by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff through the foundation's web site.

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Libraries 2013

The program supports library projects that encourage children to become lifelong readers and develop their skills in tandem with the discovery of literature. The foundation helps libraries in their efforts to become more intentional in their children's programming and in programs which combine reading skills with knowledge of how to use other library resources. Grant applications are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff through the foundation’s web site.

Libraries 2014

The program strengthens the role public librarians play in connecting people to information and ideas. The foundation helps librarians increase community use of public library services, and cultivate interest in programs centered around books and media. The foundation seeks innovative projects that help libraries adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and offers risk capital to develop and experiment with new models of patron service. Grant applications for this program are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff though the foundation's web site.

Education

The program partners with public schools and districts in Washington state and Oregon to implement sustainable, research-based advances that lead to measurable improvements in student achievement. The Foundation supports projects at the school or district level that integrate the following features: rigorous academics; critical thinking; internships with working professionals; community engagement. Grant applications for this program are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry are not accepted. The foundation encourages nonprofits with projects that appear to be aligned to contact program staff through the foundation's web site.