The Gianforte Family Foundation was established in 2006 by Greg and Susan Gianforte, in response to God’s great goodness to them. The foundation makes financial grants that equip people with the knowledge and means to improve their lives and circumstances for the long term, as well as creating lasting change in their communities.
Since it’s creation the foundation has become one of the top giving foundations in the state of Montana. Foundation grants focus on improving education, lifting people out of poverty, protecting the unborn, and Christian outreach, as well as enhancing the family’s hometown community of Bozeman, Montana.
The primary mission of the Gianforte Family Foundation is to support the work of Christian organizations engaged in education, poverty, and outreach work. There is a predisposition toward organizations serving people in Montana, and those organizations with which the Gianforte family has personal relationships. Smaller gifts are made to non-Christian organizations that enhance the local community of Bozeman, Montana and other causes of particular interest to the family.
Board of Trustees
Greg's stewardship passions include K-12 education reform and classical Christian education. He serves on the Milton Friedman Foundation national board, the ACE Scholarships national board, and the Association of Classical Christian Schools national board, and has been Chairman of the Petra Academy board in Bozeman since 2003. Greg is an electrical engineer and computer scientist by trade. He has started five software companies, including RightNow Technologies, which grew to more than 1,100 employees. RightNow was one of Montana's largest employers and the only publicly traded technology firm in the state before being sold to Oracle in 2012.
Susan Gianforte grew up in Queens, New York City and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University’s College of Engineering. She then earned her MS in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, followed by an MBA from NYU, while working for Bell Laboratories, AT&T. She next worked as a senior consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick's technology consulting practice and their subsidiary, Nolan Norton & Co., transitioning to part time after her first two children were born. In 1991 Susan accepted Christ as her Savior. She resigned from NNC/KPMG in 1993 after her third child was born and started helping Greg in his new entrepreneurial efforts following the sale of his first start-up, Brightwork. Greg and Susan moved their family to Bozeman, Montana in 1995 and had their fourth child. After running operations in a number of Greg's smaller startups, she was controller for the first two years of RightNow Technologies. Currently, Susan manages the finances of their family foundation and other family entities, in addition to sitting on a number of non-profit boards, including chairing the Montana Family Foundation, a Family Policy Council affiliate of Focus on the Family.
Richard Gianforte grew up in Bozeman, MT as the oldest child of Susan and Greg. Richard enjoys a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities including skiing, backpacking, and ultimate frisbee. After graduating high school at Petra Academy, he went to Caltech in Pasadena, CA for undergraduate studies. He received a double major in Computer Science and Business/Economics/Management. While there he played Frisbee on the Caltech club team and was a team manager for the women’s basketball team. Richard currently works in Seattle at Microsoft as a Program Manager. His team makes anti-virus and anti-malware software including Microsoft Security Essentials.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11253, Bozeman, Montana 59719