About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
(Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation/photo)
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is committed to advancing environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world, as well as to improving the quality of life in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Under each of these programmatic themes, the foundation's philanthropy is directed through distinct initiatives and commitments, comprised of a portfolio of grants and other activities, to achieve large-scale, measurable outcomes. The foundation initiatives and commitments include:
- Andes Amazon
- Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative
- Marine Conservation
- Marine Microbiology
- Wild Salmon Ecosystems
- Bay Area Land Protection
- Bay Area Science and Technology Museums
- California Institute of Technology
- Conservation International
- University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Achievement of large scale outcomes require strong stakeholder collaboration, and as such the foundation is committed to building partnerships with communities, government entities, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has awarded over $1.3 billion dollars in grants since its inception through 2006.
For more information, visit www.moore.org.
Who are Gordon and Betty Moore
A rule-of-thumb prediction made by Gordon Moore in 1965, later dubbed “Moore's Law,” became a guiding principle for the delivery of ever more powerful semiconductor chips at proportionally lower costs.
Today, this standard continues to set the pace of technology development and progress. Gordon has been committed to technological progress throughout his career as a leader in the new semiconductor industry, first as co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and then as co-founder of Intel Corporation, creator of the world's first microprocessor, in 1968.
Betty Irene Moore married Gordon Moore in 1950 and has been an advocate for improving the health-care delivery system.
Today, Gordon and Betty are active on several philanthropic and corporate boards. They reside in the Bay Area and in Hawaii, and have two sons and four grandchildren.