About the Shavlik Family Foundation

Focus on Technology

The Shavlik Family Foundation is a private family charitable trust located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota exclusively serving Minnesota based nonprofits. The foundation was created by Rebecca and Mark Shavlik with part of the proceeds from the acquisition of their company Shavlik Technologies in 2011. The foundation chose to focus on investing in technology for the nonprofit community to align with the expertise of its founders. Grants are accepted once a year and are reviewed by family members and outside consultants to choose the technology projects that the Foundation believes will provide the best investment that can be made to bridge the digital divide and take individual organizations to the next level.  

Rebecca Shavlik, Founder and Executive Director

Rebecca has been active in the nonprofit community for decades. She worked in nonprofits early in her career and more recently has served on several nonprofit boards. In addition, she has overseen operations in two entrepreneurial organizations taking them from early growth stages to becoming recognized corporations in their sectors.

Mark Shavlik, Founder and Trustee

Mark Shavlik as over 30 years of technical and business leadership experience starting his career at Microsoft, working for several Fortune 500 companies before founding his own company. As CEO Mark Shavlik made his company, Shavlik Technologies, into one of the most trusted and respected names in IT security and Redmond magazine named him a Windows Guru in 2007. Mark also served as a VP and General Manager at VMware after they acquired Shavlik Technologies. Mark currently serves on the board of another IT security company, and is an early stage investor in select startup companies. He also has experience serving on nonprofit boards.

Grant Timelines

Shavlik Family Foundation accepts initial grant proposals from November 1st through Dec 1st for the following year. To learn more about our timeline click on the link below.

Preparing to Submit a Grant

With over 150 applications submitted each year Shavlik Family Foundation grants are very competitive. To make sure you have considered every aspect of your project check out our Grant Resources.