The Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons.

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. We sponsor a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.

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Recent News from Simons Foundation

10 Steps To Effective Philanthropy During A Crisis: What Five Great Funders Can Teach Us
Foundation: Hewlett Foundation, Simons Foundation

... seven years at Carnegie Corporation, a national philanthropy. I now run a nonprofit and support a funders' collaborative of almost 40...more

Foundation moves quickly to help during pandemic
Foundation: Morgan Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Los Altos Community Foundation, Simons Foundation

Back in January, Adin Miller was settling into his role as the new executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation. But just a few months into...more

Heising-Simons Foundation supports exoplanet imaging projects at UC Santa Cruz
Foundation: Simons Foundation

UC Santa Cruz astronomers have received three major grants from the Heising-Simons Foundation for projects related to direct imaging of...more

Astronomy funder finds that gender diversity takes more than good intentions
Foundation: Simons Foundation

Two years ago, the Heising-Simons Foundation launched a grants program designed to attract and retain more women in the...more

Amid growing income disparities, Silicon Valley nonprofit aims to redirect donors to their own ...
Foundation: Sobrato Family Foundation, Packard Foundation, Simons Foundation

But local philanthropy is lagging, nonprofit leaders say. “Silicon Valley is home to more than 86,000 millionaires and billionaires – and many...more

Faculty and Staff Briefs: September 2019
Foundation: Simons Foundation

Paolo Aluffi, Ph.D. (Mathematics) won a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for his proposal “Characteristic Classes and...more

A Look at how one Mega-donor Chooses to be Actively Involved in his Giving
Foundation: Simons Foundation

This article originally appeared in Philanthropy Daily on July 29, 2019. Of all the projects philanthropists fund, perhaps the least controversial...more

Marilyn Simons takes a solo turn in philanthropy
Foundation: Simons Foundation

Together the couple oversees their philanthropic Simons Foundation dispensing hundreds of millions of dollars each year to “advance the frontiers...more

Stony Brook University Gets Historic $25 Million Gift
Foundation: Simons Foundation

The annual event honored Simons for her leadership as president of one of the nation's premier philanthropic institutions devoted to driving...more

Gala Honoring Dr. Marilyn Hawrys Simons Raises Record $28.2 Million
Foundation: Rauch Foundation, Simons Foundation

... recognized Dr. Simons for her leadership as president of one of the nation's premier philanthropic institutions devoted to driving progress in...more

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Village Capital announced the winners of the $50,000 prize awarded to social entrepreneurs who don’t “self-define as social  entrepreneurs”. The winners didn’t start out thinking of themselves as social enterprises.

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