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Building an Endowment

"The Endowment is the foundation we stand on. It's the basis for planning. If we want a powerful education model and great exhibits, we have to commit to expenditures three years out. An Endowment is needed to bring our visions to reality—and to be our best."
—Jack Wheatley, Former Member of The Tech Museum of Innovation Board of Directors
Building an Endowment is critical to the future of The Tech Museum of Innovation's education programs and services - making a difference today and in years to come.
The Tech Endowment supports educational exhibitions and programs that reach millions of students, teachers, and families of all ages and economic backgrounds. People from our community, across the nation, and around the world enjoy interactive exhibits, exciting floor programs, and stimulating classes and workshops.
The Endowment provides a critical base of support, building The Tech's financial capacity and securing its future throughout economic cycles. 

Investing in the Future

Investments in The Tech Endowment ensure that today's families and future generations have the opportunity to explore new technologies while developing their own creativity and career potential. Investments in the Endowment can be made by:
  • Gifts of stock or other appreciated assets
  • Outright gifts of cash
  • Gifts made in memory of special friends and loved ones
  • Planned gifts in the form of bequests and trusts
The Tech Endowment is currently valued at $13.7 million and approximately 92% is invested with CommonFund. A team of experienced business representatives of the Board of Directors review its management and make recommendations to the full Board regarding Endowment policy.
"Bringing my grandchildren, I learn more and more about the museum and technology. Each time we visit, I come to appreciate and love the miracle of this museum."
—Yvonne Erdman, Grandparent and Former Member of The Tech Museum of Innovation Board of Directors
For more information on The Tech Endowment, please send an email to Mary McLane at or call 408-795-6328.

The Tech Museum of Innovation gratefully acknowledges the Endowment investors helping us to Inspire Future Generations of Innovators.

Distinguished Investors

Marie and William Bianco
Ann S. Bowers
Ann Howland-Doerr and John Doerr
Joan and Michael Hackworth
Intel Corporation
Knight Ridder
Deedee and Burton McMurtry
Denise and Frank Quattrone
Mary Lois and Jack Wheatley

Lead Investors

Applied Materials, Inc.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Honored Investors

The John and Susan Diekman Fund
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Pitch and Cathie Johnson
Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation
Ronya and George Kozmetsky
Pamela and C. Richard Kramlich
The James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation
Marilyn and David Pratt
Connie and Tony Ridder

Founding Investors

Jimi and Ned Barnholt
Aneel Bhusri
Danielle and George Boutros
Bill Brady
Jim and Helen Carreker
Signe Ostby and Scott Cook
Donna Chiaro and John P. Cromwell
Mory Ejabat
Barbara and John Glynn
Bill and Barbara Heil
Connie and Jerry Held
Derry and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation
The Ludwick Family Foundation
The Santa Rita Foundation
Lata Krishnan and Ajay Shah
The Anthony Zingale Family

Visionary Investors

Paul and Marcia Cook
Kristen and William Del Biaggio III
Michele and Isy Goldwasser
Audrey MacLean and Michael Clair
Lida and Alex Zaffaroni

Entrepreneurial Investors

Elaine and John Chambers
Kathy and James Deichen
Lori and Joe Fabris
Concepción and Irwin Federman
Beverly and Kenneth Haughton
The Dan Klesken Endowment
Lauren and William Younger


BancBoston Robertson Stephens
Elizabeth and Stephen D. Bechtel
Gordon and Gwen Bell
Susan and Mark Bertelsen
Jennifer and J. Philip DiNapoli
Richard Elkus, Jr.
Mary Jane and William Elmore
Joseph M. Juran
Maureen and David Kennedy
Frederick R. and Sherrill F. Kobrick
Jennifer Konecny
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space
Natalie and Rolando Loera
William S. McKiernan
Betty and Gordon Moore
Nancy and Mihir Parikh
Dorothy and Joseph Reagan
Gregory and Susan Reznick
Joyce M. Taylor
Rachel and Donald Valentine
Mark and Angela Wolfenberger