The Noyce Foundation in Palo Alto, California, has announced that it will close its doors in 2015, a quarter-century after it was established to help young people become "curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners."
For the past twenty-four years, the foundation, which was established to honor the memory and legacy of Intel co-founder Dr. Robert N. Noyce, has focused on improving the teaching of math and science, developing leadership to improve student achievement, and creating opportunities for students to engage in science directly. During 2015, the foundation will finalize those grants still in progress and stop awarding new ones. In the meantime, it plans to spin off a number of its science programs, including Inside Mathematics and the alumni programs of the Noyce Leadership Institute. The foundation also plans to publish an evaluation of its work, which is expected to be available at the end of 2015.
Executive director Ron Ottinger will continue the foundation's informal science work at the Center for Education Policy and Law at the University of San Diego, while the foundation's director of administration, Sara Spiegel, will head up Inside Mathematics at its new home at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas and NLI director Geno Schnell will coordinate the NLI Alumni effort.
"It has always been our intention to spend the foundation's resources in a timely way to address today's issues rather than to worry about preserving our resources in perpetuity," the foundation announced in a statement. "After these many years of partnering with innovative organizations to design and support field-building initiatives that address our mission, the trustees of the Noyce Foundation have decided to sunset the foundation at the end of 2015."