OVERVIEW: The Packard Foundation predominately invests in marine wildlife; however, it also funds protection towards biodiversity in the American West.
IP TAKE: This foundation is a strong funder for marine life; however, in order for grant seekers to secure funding for land-based wildlife protection, they must be able to relate their proposal to the core goals of Packard's environmental programs.
PROFILE: Established in 1964, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation seeks to improve "the lives of children, families, and communities—and restoring and protecting our planet." 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. It invests in young people, reproductive health, conservation, and the environment, among several other concerns.
The foundation conducts animal and wildlife grantmaking through its The Conservation and Science Program, which funds grants worldwide. However, the foundation appears to prioritize grantmaking in North America, particularly the American West. Projects based along California’s coast, the Gulf of California, northwestern Mexico, and the Colorado Plateau tend to attract larger grants. Wildlife-related grants tend to support efforts to protect marine life. Past grantees include the American Bird Conservancy and Birdlife International.
Packard does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, grantseekers may contact a program officer and submit a letter of inquiry. More details on the process are here.
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