The Westly Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 2000 by Steve Westly and Anita Yu. The foundation supports programs that improve the trajectory of underserved and at-risk children and youth in California. Initially known as the Steve and Anita Westly Foundation, for simplicity, the foundation was renamed the Westly Foundation in 2015.
Since its inception, the foundation has provided support for children in the areas of education, youth development, health care, and the ecosystems in which California children grow. Now in its second decade, the foundation seeks to broaden its impact by investing in innovation in its core funding areas, and by recognizing the state’s young social entrepreneurs through the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California, which awarded its first prizes in 2012. Starting locally and thinking globally, the foundation also seeks to take what it learns from its programs and share and collaborate with others to benefit children and youth everywhere.