The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation believes in bold ideas that create enduring impact in the areas of environmental conservation, patient care and science. Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create this change around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The environmental conservation efforts promote sustainability, protect critical ecological systems and align conservation needs with human development. Patient care focuses on eliminating preventable harms and unnecessary health care costs through meaningful engagement of patients and their families in a supportive, redesigned health-care system. Science looks for opportunities to transform — or even create — entire fields by investing in early-stage research, emerging fields and top research scientists. In addition, the foundation supports conservation and science and technology museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has provided for the quality of life that Gordon and Betty Moore have enjoyed with their family.

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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis proudly bears the name of a passionate woman dedicated to improving the quality of health care. Betty Irene Moore is the co-founder of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which committed $100 million in 2007 to launch the School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Mrs. Moore’s commitment to improving health care stemmed from her personal experiences when in the hospital and in caring for others who had been hospitalized. She saw how nurses play a critical role in the delivery of safe, quality health care and set out to improve it by investing in the very people who deliver 95 percent of the care we receive. This vision is further amplified by the school’s approach to nursing education, where nurses are prepared to lead the changes necessary in health care.

Gordon Moore is most widely recognized for co-founding Intel Corporation in 1968 and for his theory, known as Moore’s Law, which drives the semi-conductor industry. The couple established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000 to create positive outcomes for future generations.