Staff Demographics

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The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos and San Francisco, California, with a three-person Board—all members of the same family—and a 52-person staff. The Foundation has a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and to transparency. We believe it is important to collect, understand, and post the demographics of our staff on our website. Each year, we will continue to update and post these data as a best practice.

The following data were gathered by an anonymous survey, completed by members of our staff in 2022. The race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation categories used in the survey were taken from those employed by Guidestar in its collection of nonprofit information. Staff also entered their own answers when the categories did not represent the way they self-identify. We recognize these categories are imperfect and portray a limited picture of our staff’s racial and ethnic identities and are also limited in that they fail to capture intersections of identity. We have much to learn about the ways in which we collect, categorize, and report these data, and we anticipate that our reporting will evolve over time. We also hope that the ongoing collection of these data will help us build and sustain a culture and workplace that recognizes these identities and experiences, and values voices from across the Foundation.

Race/ Ethnicity

All Staff


Note: Staff identifying as 2+ races/ ethnicities includes Asian/White (50%). Staff identifying as other includes Jewish (33.3%), Pakistani American (33.3%), and Southeast Asian (33.3%).

Leadership Team


Note: The Leadership Team is made up of nine members of the staff and oversees departments and staff at the Foundation. Leadership Team Members identifying as 2+ races/ ethnicities includes Asian/White (50%) and Multiracial/ Multiethnic Unspecified (50%).

Glossary of Terms:

– AAPI includes Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander

– Black includes Black, African American, and African

– Latinx includes Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx

– White includes White, Caucasian, and European

– Other includes Middle Eastern

– Categories are consistent with GuideStar by Candid demographic data and reporting.


All Staff


All Staff by LGBTQ+ Membership

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