Non-profit

Bia-Echo Foundation

Website:

biaecho.org

Location:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tax ID:

83-3983572

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Founded:

2019

Type:

Left-leaning Grantmaking Organization

President:

Nicole Shanahan

The Bia-Echo Foundation is a left-leaning foundation run by Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Russian-American billionaire and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. [1]

The Foundation was started in 2019 with $23,148,744 in contributions from Brin. [2] [3] Its grantmaking work focuses on the “feminist cause”  of extending female reproductive longevity; [4]  left-progressive criminal justice policy to “end the era of mass incarceration, eradicate gender, race, or socio-economic class discrimination, bring greater equity to the criminal justice system;”[5] and addressing climate change and “global climate equality”[6] with regenerative agriculture. [7]

Foundation president Nicole Shanahan has committed $100 million to funding these issues in the future[8] and in 2019, the Foundation made a $5,000,000 grant to the left-of-center Silicon Valley Community Foundation. [9]

History and Leadership

The Bia-Echo Foundation is the private foundation of Nicole Shanahan, who sits as its president. [10] She is the wife of Russian-American billionaire and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. [11] Shanahan supports left-of-center causes and was a major donor supporting Measure J in Los Angeles, California, which partially defunded the police[12] in favor of mental health and social services. [13]

Founded in 2019 with a contribution from Brin worth $23,148,744,[14] the Foundation continues Shanahan’s previous investment work at the Sergey Brin Family Foundation. [15]

Chloe Cockburn is the director of the Bia-Echo Foundation. Previously she was the criminal justice program officer at the Open Philanthropy Project and the founder of the left-of-center Accountable Justice Action Fund. [16]

Activities and Funding

The Bia-Echo Foundation’s grantmaking activities focus on three different issues: the “feminist cause”[17]  of increasing female reproductive longevity; left-progressive criminal justice policy to “end the era of mass incarceration, eradicate gender, race, or socio-economic class discrimination, and bring greater equity to the criminal justice system;”[18] and addressing climate change and “global climate equality”[19] with regenerative agriculture. [20]

Shanahan has likened the research of extending a woman’s reproductive lifetime to “the next generation’s birth control” because women would get to choose when to have children with such breakthroughs. [21]

Grantmaking and Partnerships

Shanahan has committed the Bia-Echo Foundation to investing $100 million on these issues within the next five years[22] and in 2019, it distributed grants of $5 million to the left-of-center Silicon Valley Community Foundation, $1 million to the Full Circle Fund, $500,000 to the Edward Charles Foundation, $500,000 to Good Films Impact, and $400,000 to Planet Labs. [23]

The Bia-Echo Foundation underwrites the Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (GCRLE) at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging’s work on the female reproductive lifecycle and female fertility with a $7.4 million-dollar grant[24] and offers grants to nonprofits working on this issue through the Buck Institute. [25] It is also in partnership with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab for Criminal Justice to offer grants to organizations advancing the foundation’s view of criminal justice reform. [26]

Funding

The Foundation was started when Shanahan’s husband, Sergey Brin, contributed $23,148,744 of noncash assets to the organization in 2019. [27] [28]

References

  1. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  2. “Bia-Echo Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/833/983/2019-833983572-18064319-F.pdf. ^
  3. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  4. Rochman, Bonnie. “What If Fertility Didn’t Have a Shelf Life?” Marie Claire. June 24, 2020. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a32378247/female-reproductive-longevity-buck-institute/. ^
  5. “Criminal Justice Reform.” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/. ^
  6. “Healthy and Livable Planet.” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/ ^
  7. Jones, Laura Eckstein. “Nicole Shanahan Is Fighting The Good Fight.” San Francisco Magazine. May 19, 2021. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://sanfran.com/nicole-shanahan-interview-cover-story. ^
  8. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  9. “Bia-Echo Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/833/983/2019-833983572-18064319-F.pdf. ^
  10. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  11. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  12. Karma, Roge. “Los Angeles voters just delivered a huge win for the defund the police movement.” Vox. November 4, 2020. Accessed Augsut 11, 2021. https://www.vox.com/2020/11/4/21549019/measure-j-police-abolition-defund-reform-black-lives-matter-protest-2020-election-george-floyd. ^
  13. Jones, Laura Eckstein. “Nicole Shanahan Is Fighting The Good Fight.” San Franscisco Magazine. May 19, 2021. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://sanfran.com/nicole-shanahan-interview-cover-story. ^
  14. “Bia-Echo Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/833/983/2019-833983572-18064319-F.pdf. ^
  15. “Nicole Shanahan.” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/project/nicole-shanahan/. ^
  16. “Chloe Cockburn” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/project/cloe-cockburn/. ^
  17. Rochman, Bonnie. “What If Fertility Didn’t Have a Shelf Life?” Marie Claire. June 24, 2020. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a32378247/female-reproductive-longevity-buck-institute/. ^
  18. “Criminal Justice Reform.” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/. ^
  19. “Healthy and Livable Planet.” Bia-Echo Foundation. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/ ^
  20. Jones, Laura Eckstein. “Nicole Shanahan Is Fighting The Good Fight.” San Francisco Magazine. May 19, 2021. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://sanfran.com/nicole-shanahan-interview-cover-story. ^
  21. Leuty, Ron. “How Nicole Shanahan tackles equality through fertility.” Bizwomen, The Business Journals. November 15, 2018. https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/profiles-strategies/2018/11/how-nicole-shanahan-tackles-equality-through.html?page=all. ^
  22. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^
  23. “Bia-Echo Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/833/983/2019-833983572-18064319-F.pdf. ^
  24. “Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity & Equality Announces First Grant Recipients.” Bia-Echo Foundation. August 10, 2020. Accessed August 11, 2021. https://biaecho.org/global-consortium-for-reproductive-longevity-equality-announces-first-grant-recipients/. ^
  25. Di Mento, Maria. “Nicole Shanahan Gives $100 Million for Reproductive Research and Other Causes. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. September 27, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. August 11, 2021. https://archive.is/oWlmx. ^
  26. Di Mento, Maria. “Nicole Shanahan Gives $100 Million for Reproductive Research and Other Causes. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. September 27, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. August 11, 2021. https://archive.is/oWlmx. ^
  27. “Bia-Echo Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/833/983/2019-833983572-18064319-F.pdf. ^
  28. Adeniji, Ade. “Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equality.” Inside Philanthropy. December 23, 2019. Accessed via Web Archive. January 28, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128045227/https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/10/17/tapping-billions-a-young-donor-and-her-new-foundation-focus-on-reproductive-rights-and-more. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Chloe Cockburn
    Officer/Board Member
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  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 2019

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