Flora Family Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Flora Family Foundation is a family philanthropic enterprise endowed by the family of the late William and Flora Hewlett. It provides support for a wide variety of causes, including education in the U.S. and abroad.

IP TAKE: The Flora Family Foundation prioritizes funding a broad range of interests and initiatives at various stages of development. While many K-12 projects have been funded in recent years, the application process is strictly invitational.

PROFILE: The Flora Family Foundation was established in 1998 by the family of William R. Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company, and his wife, Flora. The children and grandchildren of the Hewletts continue to serve on the foundation’s board of directors as well as a family council. Based in Menlo Park, California, the organization’s founding principle is the belief that “each individual has an obligation to go beyond the narrow confines of his or her personal interests and be mindful of the broader concerns of humanity.”  The foundation also seeks to address a broad variety of funding needs through a “conscious rejection of all boundaries on grantmaking.” Three separate funding initiatives address climate change, marine ecology, and improving the lives of the poor in selected developing countries.

In 2017, the Flora Family Foundation awarded over 100 grants ranging in size from $2,500 to $500,000. Past K-12 grantees include the Orion Academy, a private special education secondary school in Moraga, California; the Youth Community Service program of Palo Alto, California; and numerous arts and cultural programs for students in the U.S. and abroad. While this foundation supports many education programs in California, it does not set geographic limits to its grantmaking. A list of projects funded in recent years is available at their grants page. Both the board of directors and the family council award grants to this end, imposing few restrictions on types of projects or use of monies, although grantees are required to file regular reports about spending with the foundation

This foundation’s application process is strictly invitational.

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