09 February 2013

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, mission


  • Conservation and Science
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Marine Fisheries
      • California Coast
      • Gulf of California
      • Western Pacific
      • Marine Birds
      • Science
      • Climate
      • Agriculture
      • Western Conservation
      • Packard Fellowships
    • Support:
      • Harness market forces to drive changes in the management of the world’s fisheries. 
      • Pioneer new approaches to the conservation of coastal ecosystems in California, the Gulf of California, and the Western Pacific Ocean.
      • Reverse the decline of marine bird populations.
      • Enable the creative pursuit of scientific research.
      • Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
      • Improve the environmental performance of agriculture and biofuels production.
      • Protect and restore biologically important and iconic regions of western North America.
  • Population and Reproductive Health
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Global
      • United States
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
      • South Asia
    • Support:
      • Mobilizing policies, resources, and political will at the global, regional, and country levels to cultivate a climate that advances and protects family planning and reproductive health and rights.
      • Expanding access to quality services by training providers in quality care, introducing new family planning methods, informing communities about reproductive health information (with an emphasis on young people), and expanding access to safe abortion and post-abortion care.
      • Empowering women and girls to increase their ability to make informed family planning and reproductive health decisions. This includes selective efforts within the foundation's geographic focus that improve educational attainment for vulnerable girls, expand leadership and economic opportunities for women, and redefine community priorities to support the ability to make positive reproductive health choices.
  • Children, Families and Communities
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Preschool for California's Children
      • Children's Health Insurance
      • After-school and Summer Enrichment
    • Support:
      • Public policy reforms
      • Systems improvements
      • Research (very selectively)
      • Communications and advocacy, and
      • Constituency development
  • Local Grant-making
    • Areas of Focus and Support:
      • Arts
      • Children and Youth
      • Conservation and Science
      • Food and Shelter
      • Population and Reproductive Health
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy
    • Support:
      • Organization or network assessment, which may include social network analysis or mapping
      • Strategic planning, business, or operational planning
      • Financial and executive coaching
      • Mergers or other restructuring efforts
      • Fund development planning and feasibility studies
      • Executive search services during senior leadership transitions
      • Cultural competence or diversity initiatives
      • Board development and governance
      • Training for network coordinators (e.g., facilitation skills)
      • Strategic communications planning, including planning for use of social media
      • Building the organization or network’s capacity to evaluate its work 

In addition to grants, the Packard Foundation makes a variety of Program-Related Investments (PRI), alternatives to outright grants primarily issued as low-interest loans. They also provide Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering, to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.

The foundation's long-term funding commitments include:

  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

For more information please visit the foundation's website.

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