The Sobrato Family Philanthropic Society

John Albert Sobrato is a prominent Bay Area real estate developer and founder of The Sobrato Organization, a Cupertino-based Silicon Valley development firm specializing in commercial and residential real estate. He and his wife, Susan, and his family have been listed as one of the most philanthropic families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Notre Dame de Namur University is grateful to the Sobrato Family for their in-kind gift of office space within the Sobrato Center for Non-Profits in Redwood Shores after the closure of Ralston Hall Mansion. The Sobrato Family’s impact at the University is immeasurable. Their transformational gift of $2.7M in 2015 to name a new Student Learning Commons on the third floor of Ralston Hall, allowed the University to complete the $6 Million Taube Challenge.

This Society honors donors who reached a cumulative of outright gifts of cash, securities, gifts in-kind of a pledge totaling $2,500,000 and above.

Recognition is also given to those donors who have formally notified the University that they have included a $7,500,000 bequest to NDNU in their will and to those who have established a planned gift to benefit the University, such as a non-term life insurance policy; or a charitable remainder trust with a value of $7,500,000.

Donors in the Sobrato Society will receive naming opportunities as appropriate, be recognized at the Donor Recognition event and in the University’s Honor Roll and will receive a commemorative gift.