Maynard and Irene

Letter from the Founders

We began the Webb Family Foundation in 2004 to give back to the world. Since that time, we have supported educational organizations that encourage young people, especially those who have encountered obstacles, to dream big and achieve more than they ever thought possible.

In recent years, we realized we had an opportunity to grow our foundation in terms of asset size and impact. This, within the context of a global pandemic, an unexpected health diagnosis in our family, and a series of heightened climate events in our region and worldwide, drove us to want to do more and expand our family foundation. While we’ve been doing good work for two decades, we realized the time is right to evolve our philanthropy.

To that end, we spent 2022 revising our collective strategy. Our two-generation board worked collaboratively to identify our collective core values, a vision for the world we want to live in and how our family will work together, and a mission that elevates our reach and our potential impact.

Today, the Foundation has broadened its mission to work across education, sustainability, and health. We are excited about these new areas of work, and we’ll continue to iterate over time. As philanthropists, as investors, and as community leaders, we hope to do our part in making sure people persevere and the planet thrives—for today, and for future generations.

About Maynard and Irene Webb

Maynard Webb

Maynard is a 40-year veteran of the technology industry. An active leader in the technology and business community, Maynard serves as a board member, investor, philanthropist, and mentor to young entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of the Webb Investment Network, a seed investment firm dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurs. Maynard currently serves on the boards of Salesforce and Visa. He is the former chairman of the board at Yahoo. Previously, he was the chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a cloud-based call center, and the COO of eBay. Maynard is the author of two books, the New York Times bestseller Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and the national bestseller Dear Founder:Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business (St. Martin’s Press, 2018).

Irene Webb

Irene began her career in IT and Finance with IBM and Quantum Corporation. She chose to stay home when their children reached elementary school in order to be a more active participant in their daily lives. She continues to work in active roles in the Webb Investment Network and the Foundation, and also runs the family office.

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