Can the Packard Foundation Help Small Businesses Thrive in the Bay Area?

Small Businesses provide over 55% of the total jobs in America and constitute over two-thirds of the country's job growth. With the Packard Foundation's help, the Opportunity Fund has a goal of providing 100 loans to local small businesses over the next two years.
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How Packard is Helping Monarch Butterflies in California

The monarch butterfly used to travel in droves from the upper reaches of the US and Canada down to Mexico. Every year, millions of butterflies would travel over 2000 miles to avoid the harsh northern winters. In recent years however, monarch populations have plummeted. In order to help these ailing creatures, the Packard Foundation is funding a Monarch Sanctuary at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in California.
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Engaging Future NPO Leaders

The word retirement might conjure up scenes of beach vacations or sleeping in late. But for many retirees, those golden years after finishing a long career get rather busy, and retirement isn't just about relaxation. Instead, many devote their increased leisure time to volunteer work and helping out nonprofit organizations in their communities; whether churches, museums, or schools.

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Students Become Wetlands Researchers in Packard-Sponsored Program

Project Tierra — a program initiated by Watsonville Wetlands Watch of Watsonville, California — offers students in Santa Cruz County a unique opportunity. They spend a day in the nearby West Struve Slough, taking on the roles of wildlife researchers; counting species, testing water quality, and collecting specimens.

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Packard Giving Students a Spark Outside of the Classroom

It's a question teachers across the country hear every day. "What's the point? When am I going to use this in real life?" That's a question Redwood City-based nonprofit Spark is trying to help students answer. But instead of providing classroom instruction, the nonprofit places at-risk students in real-world work environments, giving them a chance to apprentice at local businesses.  

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