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(
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
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
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.
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
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