The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, commonly known as the Hewlett Foundation, is a private foundation, established by Hewlett-Packard cofounder William Redington Hewlett and his wife Flora Lamson Hewlett in 1966.[3] The Hewlett Foundation awards grants to a variety of liberal and progressive causes, as well as conservative organizations. [4][5]

With assets of approximately $9 billion, Hewlett is one of the wealthiest grant makers in the United States.[2][6] The Foundation has grantmaking programs in education, the environment, global development and population, the performing arts, and philanthropy. The Hewlett Foundation is based in Menlo Park, California.

Programs and grants

The Hewlett Foundation's office building in Menlo Park
Interior of the Hewlett Foundation's headquarters


In 2001, the foundation gave $400 million to Stanford University for humanities, sciences, and undergraduate education. At the time, the gift was the largest on record to a university.[7] In 2007, the Hewlett Foundation made a $113 million donation to the University of California at Berkeley to create 100 new endowed professorships and provide financial help for graduate students.[8]

In May 2010, the Hewlett Foundation announced its strategy of "Deeper Learning", which is a set of student educational outcomes including acquisition of robust core academic content, higher-order thinking skills, and learning dispositions.

Hewlett and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped to develop the field of OpenCourseWare.[9] Hewlett seeded the Creative Commons project with $1 million.[10]


In 2008, the foundation awarded the Climate Works Foundation approximately $460,800,000.[11] Hewlett funded restoration of the Bay Area Salt Ponds[12] and conservation of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada.[13]

Hewlett's Environment Program makes grants to support conservation in the North American West, reduce global warming and conventional pollution resulting from the use of fossil fuels, and promote environmental protection efforts in California. The Hewlett Foundation opposes coal and natural gas development.[5]


Hewlett collaborated with the Center for Investigative Reporting to create California Watch, an investigative reporting project focused on California news.[14]

Reproductive health

The Hewlett Foundation make grants in developing countries and in the United States to provide and advocate for family planning and reproductive health services.[15] The Hewlett Foundation has given major financial support to Planned Parenthood and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.[16][17][18]

International grants tables

The following table lists the top sectors to which the Hewlett Foundation has committed funding within its Global Development and Population Program. Data are taken from the International Aid Transparency Initiative activities publication, and is expected to cover 21% of the foundation's overall grantmaking; this does not include international grantmaking in Environment, Education, and other program areas, although those total a significant proportion of grants. The Foundation's Climate Initiative, in particular, is oriented toward international as well as U.S.-focused work.[19] The sector names use the DAC 3 Digit Sector names.[20]

Committed funding (US$ millions)
Sector 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Sum
Population policies/programmes and reproductive health 46.6 48.9 53.4 39.0 28.3 30.3 33.3 34.3 38.2 39.3 28.9 420.5
Government and civil society, general 21.8 5.3 7.0 13.4 13.1 44.3 37.9 33.7 51.7 54.8 26.6 309.5
Education, level unspecified 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 16.3 12.1 11.6 11.0 0.8 0.0 52.0
Emergency Response 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 5.0 0.0 10.0
Other 40.6 87.9 53.9 47.3 54.8 0.8 1.1 5.7 9.7 8.9 5.5 316.1
Total 109.0 142.1 114.5 99.7 96.1 91.7 84.4 85.3 115.6 108.7 61.1 1,108.1

The following table lists the all-time top 30 grantees, as recorded in the IATI activities publication.

Organization Amount (US$ millions)
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy 60.2
International Development Research Centre 57.1
Stichting Hivos 28.8
International Planned Parenthood Federation Worldwide Inc. 28.8
Center for Global Development 26.0
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. 21.4
Natural Resource Governance Institute 21.0
Ipas 20.4
Regents of the University of California 17.8
Pratham USA 17.4
Brookings Institution 16.9
MSI-US 16.7
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 16.5
Population Reference Bureau, Inc. 16.4
African Population and Health Research Center Inc 15.1
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Inc. 15.0
Guttmacher Institute Inc. 14.9
Bread for the World Institute, Inc. 13.8
Population Council, Inc. 13.0
United Nations Foundation Inc 13.0
Oxfam-America, Inc. 12.7
German Marshall Fund of the US 11.6
Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, A.C. 11.5
African Center for Economic Transformation 11.2
Tides Foundation 11.1
Population Action International 10.7
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9.1
Tides Center 8.6
Center for Reproductive Rights Inc. 8.6
Independent Television Service, Inc. 8.0

See also


  1. ^ a b "The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Smerconish, Michael (March 9, 2015). "Hewlett Foundation seeks spirit of cooperation in Congress". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ William and Flora Hewlett and the Hewlett Foundation Archived 2010-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation website)
  4. ^ Callahan, David (2010). Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470606541. 
  5. ^ a b Coggin, Will (11 October 2014). "EPA water rule pits billionaires against rural farmers". The Hill. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Donovan, Doug; Frostenson, Sarah (March 23, 2014). "FoundationAssets Reach Highest Level Since Downturn". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Hira, Nadira (May 3, 2001). "Hewlett Foundation gives unprecedented gift". Stanford Daily (49). p. 1. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hewlett Foundation Gives $113-Million to U. of California's Berkeley Campus (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 10, 2007)
  9. ^ Mellon, Hewlett Foundations grant $11M to launch free MIT course materials on web (MITnews, June 18, 2001)
  10. ^ Lawrence Lessig on the History of Creative Commons Archived 2013-04-18 at Archive.is (A video of Lessig's speech at the iCommons Summit, July 30, 2008, in Sapporo, Japan.)
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2012-06-01.  (Top 50 International Grants Awarded by Foundations for Climate Change)
  12. ^ Historic Agreement Reached to Purchase San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds
  13. ^ Conservation Groups Announce $96 Million Fund to Protect Great Bear Rainforest
  14. ^ Building a new model for investigative reporting (California Watch. Retrieved 2012-05-18)
  15. ^ "Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Sexual and Reproductive Health". Inside Philanthropy. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Evans, Will (4 August 2008). "Profile: Planned Parenthood". NPR. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Westen, John-Henry; Gilbert, Kathleen (10 December 2008). "Hewlett Foundation Giving Millions to Planned Parenthood". LifeSite News. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Hewlett Foundation Awards $1 Million to Planned Parenthood for Katrina Evacuees". Philanthropy News Digest. Foundation Center. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "About - The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation". Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ "DAC 3 Digit Sector". IATI Standard. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 

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