Designed to Learn,
Evaluating Impact

About the Sooch Foundation

Sooch Foundation is a private independent foundation supporting educational opportunities for the underserved in Austin, Texas. With an asset base of $15 million, the Foundation grants approximately $700K to $1 million per year in grants. The Foundation is approaching its third decade of grantmaking, with a mission that became more focused in 2013 to make a positive and permanent change in the lives of economically disadvantaged people in Austin through increased education opportunities.

Navdeep (Nav) Sooch founded the Sooch Foundation ( in 2004. A tech entrepreneur who co-founded Silicon Laboratories, Sooch credits his personal success to the educational opportunities afforded him, and believes that education can be the single biggest factor in an individual reaching self-sufficiency.

For this reason, the Foundation supports organizations offering educational opportunities to the poorest of the poor, with a focus on older students (adolescents and adults) to gain the skills and credentialing they need to exit out of poverty and become self-sustaining citizens.

The board takes an entrepreneurial, logic-driven approach to its grantmaking, and embraces education as a trajectory for making positive, lasting change for individuals, families, and the community-at-large.

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