The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation. The foundation works on the issues its founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems. The foundation invests in effective organizations and leaders, collaborates with them to identify strategic solutions, and supports them over time to reach its common goals. The foundation committed $100 million over the next five years to support justice and equity.


Incorporated in 1964 in CA - Founded by the late David and Lucile Packard, co-founders of Hewlett-Packard (HP). HP is a global corporation developing and manufacturing information technology such as data storage, networking hardware and a variety of other technological products. The Packards formalized their passion for philanthropy in 1964 when they established the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. They believed America to be the home of a unique type of organization—foundations—that constitute a great American tradition and complement government efforts to focus on society’s needs. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the Foundation’s work.

Grantmaking Programs

Children, Families, and Communities (CFC)

The program works to ensure opportunities for all children to reach their potential by addressing two interrelated and fundamental needs that must be met for children to thrive: health and education. The focus areas are: 1) Early Learning. This program seeks to improve the quality of early learning and developmental experiences, in both formal and informal settings, for all children in California from birth through age five; 2) Children's Health Insurance. This program works to ensure that all children receive appropriate health care by creating nationwide systems that provide access to health insurance for all children; and 3) After-School and Summer Enrichment. This program aims to strengthen California’s public commitment to school-based, after-school programs and to ensure that after-school and summer learning opportunities are fully integrated in to the education system

Conservation and Science

The program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being. It supports public policy reforms, changes in private sector practices, and scientific activities to develop essential knowledge and tools for addressing current and future priorities. Focus areas include: 1) Climate: Reducing emissions that contribute to environment-damaging climate change; 2) Oceans: Working toward healthy oceans that support a diversity and abundance of marine life which can withstand pressures over time, providing people and communities with food, stable livelihoods and economic, social and cultural benefits; 3) Land: Working to protect some of the continent’s iconic natural treasures and remaining wilderness areas; 4) Science: Supporting efforts to gather fresh knowledge about the Earth’s ecosystems and use these findings to generate creative solutions

Matching Gifts

All foundation employees are eligible to have their gifts to public charities, schools, colleges and other 501(c)(3) organizations matched by the foundation. The gifts may range from $35 to $10,000 per calendar year.

Reproductive Health

The program seeks to promote women’s reproductive health and rights. The program supports efforts to expand access to and improve the quality of essential services, including comprehensive sexuality education, voluntary family planning/contraception, and safe abortion. It focuses its efforts in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. In each region, it makes grants to strengthen service delivery, build leadership and advocacy capacity, and shift social and cultural norms that prevent women and youth from seeking the services they need to make healthy reproductive decisions. The foundation uses the evidence and experience it collects to forge partnerships with global research and advocacy organizations, especially youth-led networks, and to shape the discourse at the regional and global levels.


Local Grantmaking

The program supports 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 goal in supporting these communities is to help make them stronger and more vibrant places where all families can thrive and reach their potential. To achieve this goal, the Local Grantmaking program focuses its resources on addressing six fundamental issue areas: 1) Arts; 2) Children and Youth; 3) Conservation and Science; 4) Food and Shelter; 5) Population and Reproductive Health; 6) Beyond the Check

Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Funds

The program supports grantees to help them build core strengths in areas like strategic and business planning, financial management, board and executive leadership, and communications. It also makes grants to build these capacities among groups of leaders and cohorts of grantees, through initiatives called Partnership Projects —so that nonprofit leaders can share knowledge, learn from their peers, and grow their networks. Partnership Projects are grants focused on groups of leaders and cohorts of grantees. They are developed as a collaboration between Organizational Effectiveness and programs at the foundation, grantees and, when possible, other funders, and are designed to allow grantees to strengthen organizational capacity and learn from and connect with their peers.

Scholarship Program: The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

In 1988, the Packard Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements. The program arose out of David Packard’s commitment to strengthening university-based science and engineering programs in recognition that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company, which he cofounded, derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories.

Average Scholarship: $875,000
What Scholarship Covers: Research-related expenses
Degree Program: Post-graduate research
Geographic Scope of Student: Must be a professor at one of 50 selected universities (
Host Countries: USA
Population Served: Promising early-career professors in science and engineering
Program Model: Project-based
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Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans, guarantees and equity within its program areas when organizations can demonstrate that repayment will be forthcoming. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs to support a range of activities including acquisition of land for environmental conservation purposes, acquisition and/or construction of grantee and nonprofit facilities, and implementation of grantee program- and mission-driven ventures.