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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


    The Hewlett Foundation has identified the following as priorities:
    1. Education: The program makes grants to improve education by expanding the reach of openly available educational resources, improving California education policies, and supporting œdeeper learning”a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students will need to succeed. The foundation is now building on this pioneering work by broadening its focus to include deeper learning, to help schools nationwide prepare a new generation of students to respond to the ever-increasing demands of a rapidly changing world. With these grants, the foundation hopes to improve education for all students, with a particular focus on those from disadvantaged areas. The main goals of the program are to: (1) increase economic opportunity and civic engagement by educating students to succeed in a changing world through deeper learning; (2) improve the conditions for education reform in California; (3) equalize access to knowledge for teachers and students around the globe through Open Educational Resources; and (4) raise educational achievement in disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program pursues these goals by investing in organizations that develop and advocate for innovation in ideas, practices, and tools, as well as those that participate in the public policy debate on these issues.
    2. Environment: The program pursues four goals designed to protect the environment for future generations: 1) Conserve the ecological integrity of the western United States and Canada for people and wildlife; 2) Avoid the worst effects of global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; 3) Ensure clean and efficient supplies of energy, while protecting human health and the environment; and 4) Reduce environmental problems that disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    3. Global Development and Population: The program seeks to help people around the world develop their capabilities as individuals, citizens, workers, and parents. It makes grants to expand womens choices about whether to have children, how to raise their family, and how they earn a living. It works to amplify the voices of people calling for government officials to deliver better results, so citizens are more likely to get a quality education, receive adequate health care, obtain needed services, and earn a decent living. It also makes grants to help citizen groups get information about what their governments do, helping them take action to improve the quality of schools, health clinics, and other services in their communities.
    4. International Women's Economic Empowerment: As part of the global development and population program, the ultimate goal for international women's economic empowerment emphasizes greater agency, opportunities, and control over resources for women. To advance this goal, over the next five years the foundation will seek three mutually reinforcing outcomes at both the global and national levels: Outcome 1: Womens work is included in measures of labor force participation and economic productivity. Outcome 2: The gender-specific implications of economic policies are understood and taken into consideration when creating policy. Outcome 3: Advocacy organizations are better able to inform and influence policies that affect economic opportunities for women.
    5. International Women's Reproductive Health: As part of the global development and population program, the strategy of international women's reproductive health will focus on three outcomes: 1) To ensure that no woman has an unwanted pregnancy. The particular focus will be on Francophone West Africa and East Africa, where progress on family planning and reproductive health has been slow or stalled; 2) To ensure that no woman dies from an unsafe abortion; and 3) To make family planning and reproductive health an integral part of broader development goals.
    6. Organizational Effectiveness: Grants through this category of the Effective Philanthropy Group provides targeted support to help strengthen existing grantees strategies, leadership and organizational systems, better enabling them to do their work and enhance their impact.
    7. Performing Arts: The program makes grants to sustain artistic expression and encourage public engagement in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grantmaking in this area is divided into three parts: 1) Continuity and Engagement. These grants help the Bay Area public to engage in a variety of arts experiences; 2) Arts Education. Funding in this part is designed to give California students equal access to an education rich in the arts; and 3) Infrastructure. Funding in this part provides necessary resources to help organizations and artists to be effective in their work.
    8. Philanthropy Grantmaking: This program makes grants to build a stronger philanthropic sector and support effective philanthropic practice so that all foundations are better equipped to make social and environmental change. There are two main strategies: (1) Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, and (2) Increasing Two-Way Openness in Foundations.
    9. Program-Related Investment: The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to an organization for product development to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions.
    10. Serving Bay Area Communities: William and Flora Hewlett had a deep and abiding commitment to the community in which they lived. Today, their foundation provides support to a range of vital nonprofit organizations that offer services to disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Drawing from the expertise of its Education, Performing Arts, Environment, and Population programs, the foundation makes grants directly and through intermediaries to address some of the region's most pressing social problems.
    11. Special Projects: The foundation recognizes that sometimes unanticipated problems and opportunities arise that require flexibility in how it responds. The foundation reserves funding each year to support special projects that do not necessarily align with its primary strategies.

    History of Funding

    Previously awarded programs can be found online here:

    Additional Information

    The Foundation does not fund individuals and generally does not fund:
    • Scholarships
    • Endowments
    • Capital campaigns
    • Building construction
    • For-profit organizations
    • Unincorporated associations or groups
    In addition, the Foundations funds can be used only for purposes that are consistent with its status as a charitable organization.The foundation matches gifts from officers, directors, and staff to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations. The maximum staff gift matched per year is $10,000. The gifts are matched on a two-to-one basis.


    Foundation Staff

    Foundation Staff
    2121 Sand Hill Road
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    (650) 234-4500
    (650) 234-4501

  • Eligibility Details

    While there are no geographic restrictions, the Foundation does place emphasis on San Francisco Bay Area initiatives.

    Deadline Details

    The various priorities of the Foundation have different deadlines.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary, and have ranged from under $8,000 to more than $2,000,000.

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