The Kavli Foundation was established exclusively to advance science for the benefit of humanity. In fulfilling this vision, our board of directors and employees work to ensure the activities of the foundation comply with the laws and regulations which govern us, and that we operate to the highest ethical, moral and legal conduct. As ambassadors of the foundation, and stewards of our founder’s legacy, we are guided by the foundation’s mission and values, our code of conduct and the operational practices shared here.


The Kavli Foundation is a nonprofit, exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3), and is classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Operational Policies and Practices

Annual Reports

  • 2021 Annual Report

Code of Conduct

How we operate and conduct ourselves matters. We adhere to our Code of Conduct when carrying out the work and affairs of the foundation.

  • Be Guided by Our Mission and Values
    We are committed to the foundation values and use them as a guide in our decision-making and approaches to our work. We uphold the mission of the foundation and the vision of our founder, and endeavor to make them a reality.
  • Be Respectful and Professional
    We are mindful of our interactions, appreciate and listen to differing points of view, respect confidentiality and the values and ideas of others. We act in a courteous, professional, and equitable manner, and hold ourselves to the same standards we ask of others. We are conscious ambassadors of the foundation.
  • Be Accountable
    We operate with integrity, honesty, and a commitment to the highest standards of ethical, moral, and legal conduct in accordance with state and federal law. We strive to be good stewards of our founder’s legacy and use the resources he entrusted to us wisely.
  • Be Empowered to Report Misconduct
    We are attuned to our individual and collective conduct and speak up when we have concerns. We report conduct or activities that violate the law, foundation policy and our Code of Conduct. We provide procedures for investigation and prohibit retaliation against those who raise issues and hold us accountable.


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