William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation invests in organizations and projects that benefit girls and women, advocate for improved policymaking, ensure women have the right to earn a living and plan a family, and grow civic participation.

IP TAKE: The vast majority of the Hewlett Foundation’s grants support previous grantees.

PROFILE: William and Flora Hewlett established the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 1996 with a “loose charter mandating perpetual existence...as a charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational foundation for the purpose of promoting the well-being of mankind.” The foundation’s current grantmaking programs support Education, Environment, Global Development and Population, Performing Arts, Cyber, Madison Initiative, Effective Philanthropy, San Francisco Bay Area, and Special Projects.

The foundation conducts a majority of grantmaking related to girls and women through its Global Development and Population program, which seeks to “expand women’s reproductive and economic choices, amplify citizen participation, and improve policymaking through evidence.” Hewlett awards its reproductive health and rights grants to organizations in the United States and around the world. In contrast, its economic opportunity grants focus on countries in East and West Africa.

Hewlett Foundation are often rather substantial and typically range from $100,000 to $2 million. Recent grantees include the International Women’s Coalition, Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Hewlett supports and at what level, explore its grants database.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding for its Global Development and Population program.