Schmidt Family Foundation

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Schmidt Family Foundation
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Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$37,426,861[1]

The Schmidt Family Foundation is a private foundation created in 2006 by Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, and his wife Wendy Schmidt, to address issues pertaining to sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources.[2]

History and assets[edit]

The foundation was established in 2006 by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, with assets valued at $82 million.[3] As of December 31, 2011, the foundation’s assets were valued at $178 million, which included $30.7 million in Google Class A stock.[4]

Focus area[edit]

The foundation is focused on the application of new knowledge and innovation and advancement original research in science, energy, and biosphere sustainability, often in collaboration with other organizations. Its initial specific focus areas are environmental preservation and education.[5]

Programs and grants[edit]

Since 2006, the Foundation has made grants to organizations, including the Energy Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, the Regeneration Project, the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Green for All, Grist magazine, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Environmental Media Association, and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.[6][7][8]

Between 2006 and 2011, it made a five-year grant of $1 million per year to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

It has supported several Schmidt family projects. In 2010, it made a $1 million grant to the Marine Science and Technology Foundation,[4] a private operating foundation founded in 2010 by Eric Schmidt.[9][10]

The 11th Hour Project was founded by Wendy Schmidt in 2005, and operates as part of the foundation. It works to raise awareness about climate change and renewable energy sources, and operates as part of the foundation.[4] The project awards various grants and helped distribute the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth.[11] It also provided initial operating budget for the nonprofit news organization Climate Central.[12][13]

ReMain Nantucket, formed in 2007, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the foundation, dedicated to the economic, social, and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket, Massachusetts.[14][15][16]

The Schmidt Ocean Institute founded in 2009, is a separate private foundation[17] established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that has received grants from the Schmidt Family Foundation for acquiring and operating the Institute’s oceanographic research vessels, including the Falkor.

The Foundation has provided support for the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge. a challenge award offered by the X Prize Foundation for efficient capturing of crude oil from ocean water, inspired by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It was announced in July 2010, and $1.3 million in prizes, were awarded in October 2011.[18][19] It also supports the $1.5 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize for work on ocean acidification.[20][21]

In March 2013, the Foundation and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, a global fellowship program for developing the skills and innovative mindset needed for the circular economy.[22]


  1. ^ a b "The Schmidt Family Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Schmidt Family Foundation". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Schmidt Family Foundation 2006 IRS Form 990-PF" (PDF). Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Schmidt Family Foundation and Subsidiaries Consolidated Financial Statements Years Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010" (PDF). Schmidt Family Foundation website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "About". Schmidt Family Foundation website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Grants". Schmidt Family Foundation website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "New Media Makers – Foundations". Knight Community News Network. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Lindsay Riddell (January 13, 2009). "Stanford plans $100M energy institute". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "Marine Science and Technology Foundation". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Home Page". Marine Science and Technology Foundation website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "11th Hour Project case study". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Curtis Brainard (December 8, 2008). "A One-Stop Shop for Climate Information?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  13. ^ "Grantees". 11th Hour Project website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  14. ^ Dan Fost (April–May 2008). "The Philanthropy of Wendy Schmidt". Nantucket Today. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  15. ^ Laura M. Holson (August 28, 2012). "You Could Google Her". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  16. ^ "Home Page". ReMain Nantucket website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  17. ^ "FAQ". 11th Hour Project website. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  18. ^ "And the Winners are…". October 11, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  19. ^ Rebecca Boyle; Clay Dillow (October 11, 2011). "Winner of Million-Dollar X Challenge Cleans Up Oil Spills Three Times Better Than Existing Tech". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  20. ^ Robert K. Weiss (January 25, 2013). "Unleashing Innovation to Save Our Oceans". X PRIZE blog. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  21. ^ Lori Kozlowski (April 23, 2012). "Attention Heroes: Who Will Save The World's Oceans?". Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  22. ^ Chris Parr (March 10, 2013). "Schmidt-MacArthur fellowships launched". Times Higher Education. Retrieved April 27, 2013.

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