In 1992 John and Tashia Morgridge formed the Tosa Foundation, a family foundation that was named after their shared Wisconsin high school, fulfilling their early interest in giving anonymously. The Morgridges have given back to their home state by taking the lead on a long list of large initiatives, such as a $175 million gift to create the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, which will give college tuition grants for low-income students attending Wisconsin’s public universities. Also on the list is the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, which provides 21st-century instructional technology—using Cisco gear—to forward-thinking school districts. And beyond that, John was instrumental in creating the Discovery Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a public-private partnership for collaborative research among a range of disciplines.
The only concern in signing The Giving Pledge for John and Tashia Morgridge was breaking their anonymity. But, Tashia says, “slowly we began to realize that we were the only ones who thought we were anonymous.”
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