Who We Are

The Alliance

The primary activity of the Alliance is advising new, emerging and current philanthropists on how to most effectively support basic research.

With more than 250 years of combined experience supporting science, the Alliance is uniquely capable to advise philanthropists and their foundation staffs on the most effective ways to advance basic science while also deriving the maximum personal satisfaction from doing so.

Board of Directors


David Baltimore, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Caltech

Robert Tjian, Ph.D.
Former President, HHMI; Biochemist, UC Berkeley


Valerie Conn
Executive Director

Julie S. Kohrt
Director of Events

Ruby Barcklay
Director of Communications

Elenoa Fuka
Operations Manager

Hannah Miller
Executive Assistant


The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work. The Foundation’s support of science is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics, as well as prizes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Learn more at www.kavlifoundation.org.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supports the Science Philanthropy Alliance because of its passion for discovery and the inherent value of science. Investment in basic science can lead to unpredictable results—and is yet the surest path to progress in society. The lives and work of our founders, Gordon and Betty Moore, exemplify a commitment to discovery-driven research and the realization of unforeseen societal benefits. Today, the Moore Foundation supports advances in science, environmental conservation, and patient care. Through the Science Philanthropy Alliance, we invite others to consider how investment in basic science can fulfill their own aspirations to create a better future. Learn more at www.moore.org.

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is a foundation for the advancement of science that provides catalytic and opportunistic funding for innovative scientific research and the development of academic scientists, which will have a lasting impact on science and society. RCSA funds basic research in the physical sciences and areas cognate to the physical sciences (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, etc.) and serves as an advocate for science and science education where and when appropriate. Learn more at www.rescorp.org.

Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of basic research in mathematics, physical science, and life science. This is accomplished through support of research universities and institutes, outstanding individual investigators, and large-scale, goal-driven collaborative projects. Additionally, the Simons Foundation engages in STEM education and outreach through its sponsorship of Math for America and the online publication Quanta Magazine. Learn more at www.simonsfoundation.org.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. The Foundation makes grants in support of original research and broad-based education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economic performance. Learn more at www.sloan.org.

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. Our investment portfolio gives us the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, our free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art. Learn more at www.wellcome.ac.uk.


Associate Members


Research Partners