Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations. The private foundation focuses upon portfolios of large-scale initiatives and encourages collaboration so as to achieve the most significant and enduring outcomes possible. The foundation is established by Gordon E. Moore and his wife Betty I. Moore.
Funding is concentrated on: environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Within these three program areas, distinct initiatives--grounded in a "theory of change" (a rationale for selecting strategies and activities and a detailed explanation of how they yield positive transformations)--employ a portfolio of grants expected to help achieve large-scale outcomes in a set time frame. The Foundation also awards some grants for unique and opportunistic projects within its focus areas when the expected outcome is high-impact, long-term, and measurable.