Our Work and History

Founded by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation initially invested in community needs across the Pacific Northwest with a focus on regional arts, under-served populations, and the environment.

‚ÄčToday, the foundation supports a global portfolio of frontline partners working to preserve ocean health, protect wildlife, combat climate change, and strengthen communities. The foundation invests in grantees to leverage technology, fill data and science gaps, and drive positive public policy to advance knowledge and enable lasting change.

Our Founders

Jody Allen

Jody is co-founder, board chair, and president of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. She is chair of Vulcan Inc., which she co-founded with brother Paul G. Allen in 1986, founding director of MoPOP, and chair of the board of the Allen Institute. As trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust, Jody works to ensure Paul’s vision is realized for generations to come. She also serves as chair of the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises, recognizing the role of both teams as catalysts for civic pride. 

Jody is a philanthropist passionate about conservation, fighting wildlife trafficking, and saving Africa’s elephants from extinction. In 2016 she founded Wild Lives Foundation, and she serves on the board of Sealife Response, Rehab and Research (SR3), an organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. 

Deeply committed to education and the arts, Jody is a board member of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, and previously served on the boards of ArtsFund, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Paul Allen

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen worked to save endangered species, slow climate change, improve ocean health, share art, history and film, develop new technology, tackle epidemics, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asked “What if…?” and pushed people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible. Learn more at PaulAllen.com

Grantee Code of Conduct

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has high ethical standards governing our work, standards we also apply to our grantees, funding partners, vendors and contractors through our Grantee Code of Conduct. Our business practices and standards reflect our commitment to make and leave the world a better place.

Because our funding vision and priorities are carefully curated, at this time we do not accept unsolicited proposals. Existing grantees may contact their program officer if they have questions. 

In addition, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation does not typically provide funding for the following:

  • Loans or debt retirement
  • Annual appeals, federated campaigns, general fund drives, special events, or sponsorships
  • Projects of organizations whose policies or practices discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Sectarian or religious organizations whose principal activity is for the benefit of their own members or adherents
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation does not accept donations.