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The Lawrence Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Foundation initially funded largely by proceeds received from the acquisition of Trillium Digital Systems by Intel.


education, environment, human services


Giving limited to the U.S., including international organizations that have a U.S.-based office.

No support for voter registration, music, gardening, recreational, religious programs, or theater or performance arts programs, hospices or home programs for the elderly, or for international organizations that do not have a qualified domestic 501(c)(3) representative.

No grants to individuals or for program related investments, computers or software, audio or video equipment or designing and producing videos, kiosks or promotional material, or dinners, balls or other ticketed events.


Assets: $4,242,166 (market value)

Expenditures: $295,862

Total giving: $205,542

Qualifying distributions: $276,818

Giving activities include:

$205,542 for 40 grants (high: $20,000; low: $542)


  • $30,000 to Orangutan Foundation International, Los Angeles, CA, in 2012. To Protect Animal and Rainforest Habitat
  • $5,000 to Pacific Environment, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. To Promote Environmental Activism
  • $5,000 to Feeding America, Chicago, IL, in 2012. For domestic hunger relief
  • $5,000 to Living with Wolves, Sun Valley, ID, in 2012. To Educate Public About Wolves
  • $5,000 to Forest Ethics, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. To Protect Endangered Forests and Wild Places, Wildlife, and Human Well-Being
  • $5,000 to Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY, in 2012. To Safeguard the Earth: Its People, Its Plants and Animals and the Natural Systems on Which All Life Depends
  • $5,000 to World Vision, Federal Way, WA, in 2012. For World Vision Is a Christian Humanitarian Organization Dedicated to Working with Children, Families, and Their Communities Worldwide to Reach Their Full Potential By Tackling the Causes of Poverty and Injustice
  • $5,000 to Meals on Wheels West, Santa Monica, CA, in 2012. To Nourish and Enrich the Lives of the Home-Bound By Delivering Healthy Meals and Services That Promote Self-Respect and Independent Living