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The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (“the Foundation”) envisions a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California that is a model of success and a source of innovation.


The Foundation invests in preparing California’s children and youth to contribute to the state’s economy and communities, and in advancing management of California’s water and land resources.


The Foundation has a long history of supporting innovative, vital organizations and programs that demonstrate success in California. Grantmaking also focuses on the link between policy and practice to achieve statewide impact.

The Foundation’s grantees continually strive for impact: enabling thousands of children to reach their full potential as well-educated, responsible citizens, as well as facilitating the conservation of California’s water and land for years to come.

In 2016, the Foundation made program investments totaling $119 million. In 2017, program investments are projected to total $152 million. For more information, see the Financials page.

Spend Down

In 2009, the Foundation decided to invest all its assets by 2020. By making the decision to spend down in this time frame, the Foundation has committed to supporting key organizations and initiatives that can continue to advance a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California well into the future.

The Bechtel Name

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation 

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation created by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. to better California through philanthropic investments in education and the environment.

Bechtel Corporation

The Bechtel Corporation is a worldwide engineering and construction company. Founded in 1898 as a railroad-grading operation in the Oklahoma Territory, today the Bechtel Corporation is a global leader in its industry.

Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. is the former Chairman and CEO of the corporation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has no institutional relationship with the Bechtel Corporation.

Bechtel Group Foundation

Founded by the Bechtel Corporation, the Bechtel Group Foundation responds to need in communities around the world in which the Corporation has offices or major projects. All grants are initiated internally by Bechtel Corporation office and project managers. The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is legally and operationally independent from the Bechtel Group Foundation.

Media Assets

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