at Rambus. Founded in 1990, the Los Altos-based corporationis one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializingin the invention and design of high-speed chip interface.The philanthropic values of this company can be traced toits early corporate management team dedicated to meeting community needs.Today, every employee is empowered to take charge of charitableprograms in the areas that interest them. Rambus will matchemployee gifts up to $1,000 per year. With increasedinternal communications about its commitment to giving, Rambus has seena dramatic increase in the number of employees who give.In addition to monetary gifts, the company encourages volunteer opportunitiesfor its employees. For the past two years, Rambus hasmade grants in excess of $200,000 to local non-profits. The company has deepened its partnerships with groups suchas Community Services Agency, the Computer History Museum, Resource Areafor Teachers, Rebuilding Together, and the Krause Center for Innovation,among others, to achieve its mission. In 2003, Rambus approachedthe Second Harvest Food Bank about becoming a sponsor ofits Holiday Food Drive. Backing the successful drive with $15,000, volunteers and its reputation in the corporate community, Rambushelped raise 35 percent of the 27 million pounds offood distributed that year. In 2004, Rambus doubled its financialsupport and employees contributed over $1,600 and 1,557 poundsof food. Rambus? relationship with Sunnyvale-based Pathways Hospice isa very personal one. The end-of-life care organizationsupported Rambus employee John Dillon during his terminal illness. In2003, Rambus became a Pathways Corporate Angel with a contributionof $25,000 and provided $30,000 in unrestricted fundsin 2004. Rambus has balanced cash gifts with the giftof employee time and resources to create a robust corporatephilanthropy program, a shining example of an Outstanding Corporate GrantMaker. Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: This award recognizes a volunteer whohas demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating and motivating groupsof volunteers for a major fundraising project(s) for thebenefit of a charitable institution( s). Fran Codispoti Nominated byAvenidas & Palo Alto Unified School District Where others seedesert, Fran Codispoti envisions lush greenery and abundance. The dynamicand effective volunteer leader works tirelessly to make her visionsa reality and to convince others to join her. Asa member of the Board of Directors at Avenidas, asenior services organization in Palo Alto, Fran infused the groupwith her irrepressible enthusiasm, can-do attitude and drive toexceed every goal. Since she joined the Avenidas Board in1998, Fran has served as Board Chair, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Fund Development Committee Chair and twiceas Chair for Lifetimes of Achievement, the agency? annual event.Never content with the status quo, Fran consistently raises andexceeds funding goals. By training a small, but effective teamto approach local businesses for event sponsorships, Fran helped morethan double event proceeds. When Avenidas considered its first capitalcampaign in 25 years, Fran confidently urged others to acceptthe challenge and recruited most of the volunteers. She andher husband made a lead gift of $250,000. Thecampaign calls for raising $5 million in three years;but after only 18 months, $4.75 million had alreadybeen pledged. In addition to her leadership at Avenidas, Franco-chairs Housing Options for Teachers, a cooperative effort thatcreates partnerships between philanthropists and investors to assist Palo AltoSchool District personnel in purchasing homes. She has also workedtirelessly to raise funds to renovate the aging pool atGunn High School and has mentored other volunteer fundraisers. Franunderstands the discipline required for effective fundraising. She understands thepower of leverage and seeks opportunities to ask others tomatch her gifts. Her efforts have brought in 20 newmajor donors for Avenidas. Sincere and heartfelt, Fran Codispoti ispassionate about causes that move her and her efforts makeher an Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker: Thisaward recognizes a private foundation that demonstrates an outstanding commitmentto philanthropy through financial support and encourages and motivates othersto take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. MorganFamily Foundation Nominated by Foothill-De Anza Foundation Their grantlist reads like a Who? Who of Nonprofits. Last yearalone, over 100 museums, schools, colleges, hospitals, public broadcasting stations,environmental groups and other organizations benefited from the generosity ofJim and Becky Morgan. Born children of small town farmers,the Morgans moved to Silicon Valley in 1968. The couplefounded The Morgan Family Foundation in 1993 and today donates$5 million annually to worthwhile charities focusing on youth,education, environment and stewardship. ?t is important to helpothers and to do our part to leave some partof the world better than we found it,? says BeckyMorgan. A true family endeavor, the Foundation Board includes Jimand Becky, their two adult children and their spouses. TheMorgans helped Foothill-De Anza College District launch new programsunparalleled in California? community college system, creating a Chair anda department in Environmental Studies at DeAnza College. The Morgansprovided funding to open the Krause Center NOVEMBER 2005 SANJOSE MAGAZINE 169