David and Lucile Packard Foundation

OVERVIEW: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation focuses its grantmaking on arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, population and reproductive health, and organizational capacity-building. It focuses a portion of its grantmaking on the five counties that surround the Los Altos, California company headquarters.

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, population and reproductive health, organizational capacity-building

IP TAKE: Bay Area nonprofits only need to share the local spotlight with Pueblo, Colorado, David Packard's birthplace. Health and early education have been big priorities lately.

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a well-established funder in the San Francisco Bay Area region and a huge supporter of local nonprofit organizations here. David Packard co-founded the successful Hewlett-Packard computer empire. Packard's wife, Lucile, who spent much of her life volunteering for children's medical causes, is an integral part of the family philanthropy as well. Currently, the foundation's local funding is focused on the following issue areas: the arts, children and youth, science and conservation, food and shelter, population and reproductive health, and organizational capacity-building.

Arts grants are focused on visual and performing arts experiences and arts education for children. Children and youth grants are focused on programs that serve children in their first three years of life and during adolescence. The funder also supports environmental education and environmental stewardship opportunities for children and families. Food and shelter grants go to food banks, as well as domestic violence and emergency aid shelters. Population grants go towards preventing teen pregnancy, and organizational capacity grants come from the Nonprofit Breakthrough Fund.

Grants that are part of Packard's Local Grantmaking in the Bay Area typically range from $10,000 to $150,000. Browse through the Grants Database to learn about the types of causes that Packard supports. Geographically, the foundation's local giving is bound by the five counties that surround its headquarters in Los Altos. More specifically, the foundation funds organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties. Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard, is also a geographic site of funding.

The foundation accepts letters of inquiry from local nonprofits throughout the year. Submit these requests online via the funder’s website. The foundation invites selected applicants to submit full proposals. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 650-948-7658 or via online form.

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