Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a US-based foundation established by Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel, and his wife Betty I. Moore in 2000. Driven by the founders’ vision, the foundation works to create positive outcomes for future generations through scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation focuses on local and international causes. Development-related grantmaking is primarily administered through its Environmental Conservation Program.

The Moore Foundation provided USD 60.1 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents an increase of 23% in real terms.

In 2020, the Moore Foundation channelled its grants mostly through non-governmental organisations and universities, research institutes and think tanks. No finance was extended to the multilateral system.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions.

In 2020, the Moore Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on America (USD 26.4 million), accounting for 44%, noting that 53% was unspecified by region in 2020.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Moore Foundation’s grants included countries in the Amazon basis, such as Brazil, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Peru.

Forty-seven per cent of the Moore Foundation’s development finance was allocated to middle-income countries in 2020. The remaining 53% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 93% of the Moore Foundation’s contributions were allocated to multi-sector and cross-cutting issues, particularly general environmental protection, and 7% was allocated to production sectors.

In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Moore Foundation committed most of its contributions to SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 14 (life below water) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Official website: www.moore.org

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