“It’s not how much we
give, but how much love
we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

2003 Adult Caring Award Winner

Steven & Michelle Kirsch

Los Altos, California
United States
"We want a safe and peaceful world, one without the threat of destruction. We want a healthy world, one without disease and without pollution of our air, water , and land, and one in which all specis have the ability to survive and flourish."-Steven Kirsch

Steven and Michele Kirsch have a passionate mission to make the world a better place and to create opportunities for others. Much of their philanthropy comes through the Kirsch Foundation, which they established in 1999. An initial endowment of $50 million supports 130 grants per year. Michele is an attorney who is using her degree to serve the public interest. Steven is an entrepreneur and inventor, and a recognized figure in the field of telecommunications. Founder of the search engine Infoseek, Kirsch sold his company and funded the Kirsch Foundation. Cancer research, clean water, education and the well-being of children are close to the Kirschs' hearts. In 1999, when the United Way of Silicon Valley was millions short of its goal, the Kirschs pledged $1 million and then called friends and acquaintances until the balance had been raised. They have elevated community service to a high art.

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