William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Hewlett Foundation Logo
Founded 1966
Founder William Redington Hewlett and Flora Lamson Hewlett
Type Private foundation
Method Endowment
Endowment $9 billion[1]
Website www.hewlett.org

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a private foundation, established by Hewlett-Packard cofounder William Redington Hewlett and his wife Flora Lamson Hewlett in 1966.[2] The Hewlett Foundation awards grants to a variety of liberal and progressive causes.[3][4]

With assets of approximately $9 billion, Hewlett is the fourth-wealthiest grant maker in the United States.[1][5] 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.


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.[6]

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.[7]

In 2008, the foundation awarded the Climate Works Foundation approximately $460,800,000.[8]

Hewlett collaborated with the Center for Investigative Reporting to create California Watch, an investigative reporting project focused on California news.[9]

Hewlett and the Mellon Foundation helped to develop the field of OpenCourseWare.[10]

Hewlett funded restoration of the Bay Area Salt Ponds[11] and conservation of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada.[12]

Hewlett seeded the Creative Commons project with $1,000,000.[13]


In May 2010, the Hewlett Foundation announced its strategy of Deeper Learning.[14] Deeper Learning brings together five elements: mastering core academic content, critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, working in collaboration, and learning how to monitor and direct one’s own learning.[7]

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.[4]

Hewlett's Global Development and Population Program makes grants to promote "equitable" growth in the developing world. The program seeks to improve U.S. foreign assistance policies and encourage the use of evaluations that measure the impact of these policies. Additionally, the program supports organizations that monitor government budgets and expenditure and addresses issues including transparency and accountability in the use of public and private funds for development. It also make grants in developing countries to provide education, family planning, and reproductive health.

In the United States, the program supports access to 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]

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  1. ^ a b Smerconish, Michael (March 9, 2015). "Hewlett Foundation seeks spirit of cooperation in Congress". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ William and Flora Hewlett and the Hewlett Foundation (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation website)
  3. ^ Callahan, David (2010). Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470606541. 
  4. ^ a b Coggin, Will (11 October 2014). "EPA water rule pits billionaires against rural farmers". The Hill. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Donovan, Doug; Frostenson, Sarah (March 23, 2014). "FoundationAssets Reach Highest Level Since Downturn". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Hewlett Foundation gives unprecedented gift (The Stanford Daily, May 3, 2001)
  7. ^ a b Hewlett Foundation Gives $113-Million to U. of California's Berkeley Campus (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 10, 2007)
  8. ^ [1] (Top 50 International Grants Awarded by Foundations for Climate Change)
  9. ^ Building a new model for investigative reporting (California Watch. Retrieved 2012-05-18)
  10. ^ Mellon, Hewlett Foundations grant $11M to launch free MIT course materials on web (MITnews, June 18, 2001)
  11. ^ Historic Agreement Reached to Purchase San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds
  12. ^ Conservation Groups Announce $96 Million Fund to Protect Great Bear Rainforest
  13. ^ Lawrence Lessig on the History of Creative Commons (A video of Lessig's speech at the iCommons Summit, July 30, 2008, in Sapporo, Japan.)
  14. ^ A Twenty-First Century Education: Hewlett Foundation Adopts "Deeper Learning" Strategy (Hewlett Foundation website, May 2010)
  15. ^ Global Development and Population Program – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation website
  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. 

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