Our History

The Moxie Foundation was founded in 2011 by Irwin Zahn. Irwin began his storied career in 1954 in the garment district of New York City. A young entrepreneur filled with grit, vigor and a dream, Irwin grew his one-man business, the General Staple Company, into a global enterprise, Autosplice, Inc.

After 57 years, Irwin sold his company and launched the Moxie Foundation with a vision to infuse entrepreneurial “moxie” into the greatest challenges facing society. Over the past nine years, Moxie partnered with leaders and organizations in San Diego and around the world who advanced social change through innovation and bold risk-taking.

As of August 2020, Moxie is sunsetting and is no longer making grants.

Learn more about some of Moxie’s past grantees here.


Irwin Zahn

Irwin Zahn