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The Noyce Foundation was established in 1990 by the family of the late physicist, inventor, and computer industry pioneer Dr. Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, better known as the microchip. For the past quarter-century, the Noyce Foundation has been devoted to helping the nation’s students become “curious, thoughtful, and engaged” learners in the fields of mathematics and science.
The Noyce Foundation Story, 1990–2015: Achieving high impact with low overhead, tells the story of the Noyce Foundation and describes the strategies and lessons learned during its 25 year history, concluding with its spend down in November 2015.
Over its quarter century of existence, the Noyce Foundation’s approach to grant making evolved reflecting what the trustees have learned from their cumulative experiences as well as the institutional knowledge the foundation has gained about the fields it in which it works. The foundation shared ten core principles that characterize it’s approach.
Read the full article about principles for hands-on philanthropy by The Noyce Foundation at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.