Marc and Laura Andreessen’s philanthropy has supported innovative nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
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VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES
In early 2016, Marc and Laura Andreessen funded four nonprofits working to increase veteran participation, success and inclusion in the tech sector, helping veterans, their families and the companies they work for achieve their full potential.
The COMMIT Foundation enables meaningful career transitions for veterans through corporate education programming. Marc and Laura Andreessen funded a new position to work with their corporate partners, including their newest partner, Facebook, to improve veteran hiring, success and inclusion as well as share best practices around building a scalable model for corporate education.
The Honor Foundation provides executive education, professional development, career coaching and transition management to US Special Operations Forces. Marc and Laura Andreessen provided support for building out their online learning technology, data warehousing, visualization and analytical capabilities, as well as funding assessments to measure the effectiveness of their interventions.
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) —housed at Syracuse University—is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education providing research, analysis and community building focused on veterans and their families. Marc and Laura Andreessen provided IVMF with funding to launch an integrated alumni network across IVMF’s seven programs.
VetsinTech supports veterans through reintegration services that connect them to the national technology ecosystem. They utilize a data-driven approach by monitoring veteran success through pre-screening for technical aptitude and tracking course progress as well as employment obtained upon program completion. Marc and Laura Andreessen’s funding will allow them to increase their staff in order to scale programming and operational excellence.
THE LGBT COMMUNITY
In 2015, Marc and Laura Andreessen funded two organizations working towards greater LGBT inclusion, empowerment and representation in the tech sector.
Lesbians Who Tech builds a community of queer women through creating a support system, increasing visibility and developing mentorship opportunities. Marc and Laura Andreessen provided funds to help launch two high-potential pilots—Bring a Lesbian to Work Day and the Coding Scholarship Fund.
Trans*H4CK tackles social problems by developing new and useful open source tech products that benefit the trans* and gender non-conforming communities while bringing visibility to trans* tech innovators and entrepreneurs. Marc and Laura Andreessen supported the creation of a virtual hackathon center, four Social Impact App Design Sessions to improve, develop, and launch hackathon ideas as well as the salary of their part-time technology director.
DIVERSITY IN STEM FIELDS
In 2015, Marc and Laura Andreessen committed to funding underrepresented groups in technology, investing in computer science education and employment opportunities.
CODE2040 provides pathways to educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a particular focus on African-Americans and Latino/as. Funding from Marc and Laura Andreessen helped create and implement an alumni program for students who have completed the CODE2040 Summer Fellows Program.
Girls Who Code programs, which include a network of student clubs as well as a computer science summer immersion course, work to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Marc and Laura Andreessen provided funding to help support a Solutions Architect over two years.
Hack the Hood provides technical training in in-demand multimedia and tech skills to youth who will then apply their learning through real-world consulting projects with locally-owned businesses and nonprofits. Marc and Laura Andreessen provided support for the design and development of an evaluation system as well as training the staff on how to use the system.
College Track empowers students to transcend the limits of their circumstance by providing the support that helps them to build their academic skills, discover their dreams, secure financial aid, and persist on the path to and through college. Their four core service areas (Academic Affairs, College Affairs, Student Life and College Success) are structured to prepare students for the academic and social demands of college.
Marc and Laura Andreessen’s gift—made through HP’s Executive Product Giving Program—was a response to the extraordinary acts of personal philanthropy in Ferguson and Baltimore, when libraries stayed open during their cities’ respective times of protest to support the community. These libraries play a critical role in increasing access to technology and information–creating inclusive opportunities to learn, collaborate, better oneself and participate in the economy.
Enoch Pratt Public Library's namesake provided funding in the 1880s to establish a library in Baltimore, hoping his gift would create the “people’s university”–a place where the general public could get access to educational and informational resources regardless of their economic status. The gift from Laura and Marc will take this legacy into the 21st century.
The Ferguson Public Library serves a community where 25% of the population lives under the poverty level and 76% of Ferguson elementary school students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. In 2015, Ferguson Public Library was recognized as “Library of the Year” by the Library Journal for its commitment to education and access during crisis. Read an update.
Marc and Laura Andreessen are deeply committed to “protecting the protectors”—supporting the individuals who every day risk their lives to provide their communities with emergency services.
In 2007, Marc and Laura Andreessen gave a $27.5 million grant to build a new emergency care center and research department at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department has served 470,000 patients since 2006 and reports patient satisfaction scores above the 90th percentile in the nation. In addition to meeting the immediate needs of people who have emergency medical needs, Marc and Laura Andreessen’s gift provided the infrastructure for crucial pre-hospital training and disaster training.
ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ GIVING COMMITMENT
In 2012, the six general partners at Andreessen Horowitz committed to donate half of their earnings from venture capital to philanthropic causes. To kick off the campaign, each partner’s family made a gift to a local Silicon Valley nonprofit.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) works to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. Funding from Marc and Laura Andreessen supported the infrastructure needs of FLY’s expansion to San Mateo County as well as the recruitment and retention of FLY’s executive leadership.
CareMessage empowers healthcare organizations with mobile technologies to improve health literacy and self-health management while fostering more efficient care delivery. CareMessage’s team of medical doctors and public health professionals is constantly creating new cutting-edge programs designed to help patients manage a wide range of chronic conditions.