OVERVIEW: The Packard Foundation makes dozens of global health grants per year (most between $100,000 and $500,000), predominantly to organizations that work to improve reproductive health services, access, and policy.
IP TAKE: This foundation is refreshingly approachable toward grant seekers.
PROFILE: Established in 1964, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's work in global health promotes the health and well-being of women, youth and their families. It seeks to solve problems that “are complex, requiring long-term commitment to create lasting change.” In this area, the foundation believes that women and children's health improves when they have access to reproductive health information and services. When women and their families are healthy, the foundation believes economic opportunities improve and communities become stronger. David Packard, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Stanford University board trustee, and his wife Lucile both worked closely to build and operate Hewlett-Packard, and later founded the Packard Foundation, which reflects their longtime passion for philanthropy. Grantmaking programs include Climate, Ocean, Science, Population and Reproductive Health, Children, Families and Communities, Local Grantmaking and Agriculture, Livelihoods and Conservation.
The Packard Foundation's global health funding is highly targeted. Through its Population and Reproductive Health initiative, the foundation is "[c]ommitted to promoting reproductive health and rights with a focus on high-quality information and services." In the global health field, the foundation supports projects that connect reproductive health rights with women's economic and political freedom.
The Packard Foundation funds dozens of projects per year, usually between $100,000 and $500,000, but grants range in size. Grant seekers who would like a better idea of what the foundation funds and at what level should examine its exceptional grant database.
For nonprofits whose work aligns with Packard's policies and geographic priorities, applying for funding is relatively straightforward. According to the foundation's site, interested grant seekers may "[s]ubmit an email inquiry, not to exceed one page, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only inquiries that clearly support a particular subprogram strategy and fall within the subprogram’s geographic priorities will be considered." The foundation does its best to review and respond to inquiries within four to six weeks.
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