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David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    David and Lucile Packard Foundation


    The Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential. The foundation works on the issues our founders cared about most. They also invest in efforts to learn from our work and increase the impact of our investments through targeted evaluation and communications grants.

    The foundation is currently funding programs under the following categories:

    1. Conservation and Science - The Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being. The foundation will support public policy reforms, changes in private sector practices, and scientific activities to develop essential knowledge and tools for addressing current and future priorities.
    2. Population and Reproductive Health - The Population and Reproductive Health program funds innovative work that addresses population growth and promotes positive reproductive health. The foundations goals are to slow population growth rates in high-fertility areas, and to ensure individual reproductive health and rights in order to improve the quality of life for more people.
    3. Children, Families, and Communities - The Children, Families, and Communities Program strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The foundation's grantmaking strategies address two interrelated and fundamental needs that must be met for children to thrive: health and education.
    4. Local Grantmaking - For more than 40 years, the Packard Foundation has supported an array of nonprofit organizations in geographic areas that are significant to the Packard family. These include the five California counties that surround the Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California— San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito—as well as Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard. The foundation's goal in supporting these communities is to help make them stronger and more vibrant places where all families can thrive and reach their potential.
    5. Organizational Effectiveness (OE) - OE program funding helps organizations strengthen their fundamentals so they can focus on achieving their missions. The program funds grantees to help them build core strengths in areas like strategic and business planning, financial management, board and executive leadership, and communications.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    While David and Lucile Packard played important roles in founding Hewlett-Packard (now known as HP) and establishing the success of the technology company, they created the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a completely separate entity to help direct their family's philanthropic activities.  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation remains unaffiliated with HP, the technology company. 


    David and Lucile Packard Foundation Staff

    David and Lucile Packard Foundation Staff
    343 Second St.
    Los Altos, CA 94022
    (650) 948-7658

  • Eligibility Details

    The Foundation accepts grant proposals only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. It does not provide funding for projects that benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.

    Deadline Details

    There are no deadlines. While the Foundation operates on a calendar-year budget, Local Grantmaking accepts LOIs and proposals on an ongoing basis.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on program area. 

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