Kirsch Foundation: Grants in 1999
You have the legal right to viewing the giving record of any private foundation. You
can request this information from the foundation and they are legally required to provide
We think there is a lot of benefit to going beyond that by a) making it easier for you
to view where we made our donations by posting this to our website b) explaining the
rationale behind each grant we made. It is our hope that this information will be useful
to people applying to us for grants as well as useful to other individuals and foundations
who, after reading our description, may wish to also contribute to these causes.
We hope that you find this information useful and you encourage other foundations to
follow our lead.
<< To do: jazz up this page with a JPG for each project >>
$100K: Spacewatch Program, University of Arizona
This is my annual commitment to discovering asteroids 1km or larger in size that
could impact the earth. The chances of an impact in any given year are 1 in 100,000. Such an impact could wipe out half the life on earth. This
is a small price to pay for collision insurance for planet earth. The effort needs about
$2M in funding a year to identify all asteroids within 10 years. So there is a shortfall
in funding (NASA provides insufficient funding each year to get the job done within 10
years). If you'd like to help save the world, contact bob@LPL.Arizona.EDU.
The Spacewatch program was written up in an
article Time magazine.
$1M: United Way charities in Santa Clara County
An $11M funding shortfall caused by mismanagement of the Santa Clara County
United Way created a financial crisis for over 100 local social services charities. By
setting up a separate fund at the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, we were able to
sidestep the United Way related issues, and focus on providing money directly to the
charities. We were the first to step up to the plate with a $1M donation to cover the
shortfall. Others followed our example with donations of $1M or more and the funding
crisis was over within a few weeks.
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