OUR MISSION & GOALS
To advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.
Broadcom Foundation partners with non-profit organizations, NGOs and community stakeholders to advance STEM education from early grades through university post-graduate levels, advocates project-based learning and initiates programs to inspire and motivate young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Foundation seeks to enhance corporate social responsibility through support of philanthropic initiatives worldwide.
- Increasing the number of engineers who enter the workforce by supporting academic inquiry and fostering programs to inspire youth to pursue a career in engineering;
- Closing STEM education gap for women and minorities and supporting diversity through creation of opportunities for students to pursue STEM careers;
- Inspiring philanthropic and civic engagement by Broadcom employees in their communities through awareness, volunteerism, and direct participation in the mission and goals of Broadcom Foundation;
- Improving community vitality where Broadcom employees live and work around the globe;
- Aligning the values and culture of the Broadcom Foundation and Broadcom Corporation to strengthen social responsibility and global citizenship.
POWER of STEM
The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are collectively considered the core foundation of an advanced society and an indicator of a society's ability to sustain itself and prosper.
Broadcom Foundation supports project-based STEM initiatives that enable students and teachers to acquire 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity that result in confident problem solving, independent thinking, leadership and innovation. Project-based learning is a critical component of the Next Generation Science Standards that incorporate engineering, science and mathematics throughout the curriculum.
IGNITING THE SPIRIT TO INNOVATE
Broadcom Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer Dr. Henry Samueli takes Broadcom’s commitment to inspiring middle-schoolers to pursue their passions for science and engineering very personally. His own inspiration to become an electrical engineer came from his seventh-grade teacher giving him the green light to tackle an ambitious project of building a vacuum-tube short-wave radio that he spotted in a Heathkit catalog.
The son of immigrants, Samueli attended public school in Los Angeles, where he first encountered electrical engineering in his school’s shop class. Tackling the engineering of a short-wave radio, he went beyond his grade level to garner information and skills that allowed him to meet an exciting challenge on a project he was passionate about, as he assembled and soldered the radio in his living room. Samueli has said one of his most powerful memories is expression on his teacher’s face when he brought the radio to class and turned it on. “Nobody ever gets it to work the first time!” the teacher exclaimed.
From that moment on, Samueli was hooked. "That became my mission in life — to find out how radios work," he said. Samueli has gone on to become a preeminent electrical engineer, academic, inventor and widely acclaimed innovator. Broadcom, which he co-founded, is a Fortune 500® company that transforms how the world connects and communicates. A global innovation leader, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®. Consumers might never see Broadcom's products, but they rely on its technology every day when using a smartphone, a wireless network at home or at work, streaming music or movies, or connecting to content that has passed through a data center in the cloud.
As part of his commitment to inspiring young scientists and engineers, Samueli and his wife Susan fund the Samueli Foundation Prize and the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the top awards for the Broadcom MASTERS®.
Samueli's youthful inspiration is one of the cornerstones of the Broadcom MASTERS programs, which give middle-school students an international platform to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through project-based learning in science fair competitions. Students at this age are open to new ideas and experiences that will help shape their high school, college and career aspirations. The Broadcom MASTERS provides a young person with an opportunity to explore a passion like Samueli did and set a course for a lifetime of achievement.
The need to inspire students at this age is critical: The dropoff for interest in STEM courses during freshman year of high school is significant, especially among young women and students without family support for STEM learning. A primary goal of the Broadcom MASTERS and other STEM programs supported by the Broadcom Foundation is to enable young people to stay with the requisite algebra and higher mathematics courses that they need to continue on a trajectory like that of Samueli's, whose discipline drawn from his early passion earned him academic scholarships from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Scott A. McGregor
President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors,
Henry Samueli, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary,
Karen H. Kahn
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications,
Director, Community Affairs,
Gregg S. Morrison
Vice President, Tax,
Broadcom Foundation files an annual Form 990-PF with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to provide financial information and lists funds awarded during the fiscal year. These forms, as well as other public documents, are accessible through the links below.
President and Executive Director, Paula Golden
5300 California Avenue
Irvine, California 92617
Broadcom Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization formed by Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company. Broadcom is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®.