Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Organizational profile: 
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is an American foundation established by Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore and his wife Betty I. Moore in September 2000 to support scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the character of the Bay Area.

The Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program balances long-term conservation with sustainable use. It protects critical ecosystems. It establishes models for collaboration that can be replicated and expanded around the globe. And it seeks to create lasting change in how land, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems are managed. The Foundation actively works with grantees to coordinate multiple partners, integrate diverse points of view and adapt to changing circumstances. In partnership with communities, businesses, governments, NGOs and others, the Foundation strives to ensure that forests and other ecosystems remain healthy, resilient and productive.

Financing Instruments: Grants
Project scale: According to the 2020 Annual Report, the Foundation made grants to 19 forest-related projects. Among the projects, 4 were support of the general operation with an average of $342.5. For the other 15 projects, the smallest grant was $30,000, the largest grant was $1,876,229, and the average grant was $659,351.73.

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global

Recipient categories: Communities, Businesses, Governments, NGOs

Eligibility Criteria: 
The Foundation refers to the Four Filters - by which they choose which problems and opportunities to tackle and how to direct their resources to make an enduring and positive impact in the world.
•    Is it important? Successfully addressing the issue will result in large positive benefit or avoidance of substantial negative consequences.
•    Can an enduring difference be made? A significant enduring impact can be achieved that would not be achieved without foundation support.
•    Is it measurable? To track progress and confirm outcomes, measurement against goals is necessary. It is often difficult to implement, but key to the Foundation’s quantitative approach to philanthropy.
•    Does it contribute to a portfolio effect? Synergy can increase impact and a portfolio can decrease risks.
The filters are intended to be applied holistically, rather than sequentially.

Application guidelines: The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Please contact communications@moore.org for more information.

Publication Date
Thursday, 24 March 2022
Applicable location
Forest conservation and management
Forest landscape restoration
Biodiversity conservation
Climate change
Financing opportunities