The Foundation


A Vision for California

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund (“the Foundation”) envision a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California that is a model of success and a source of innovation.

The Foundation’s vision for California is pursued through two programs.

The Education Program focuses on helping young people develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to become productive, engaged citizens. The Foundation supports students and educators in STEM education and character development, and encourages effective education policy.

The Environment Program concentrates on the management, stewardship, and conservation of the state’s natural resources by supporting organizations and partnerships that inform, demonstrate, implement, and advocate for improvements in water management and land stewardship.

Both programs work to strengthen the link between policy and practice, which is critical to achieving the Foundation’s vision.

An Organizational Effectiveness team supports grantmaking in both programs, with a special emphasis on evaluation and learning as well as strengthening the capacity of grantees. This team also works to advance knowledge in the field of philanthropy, especially on exits and spend downs, and to communicate lessons learned from the Foundation’s experience.

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Foundation Overview (PDF)

Foundation Perspective (video)

Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Board Chair, and Lauren B. Dachs, President, share the Foundation’s vision to build a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California. Watch video.