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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1964 in CA.

Founded by the late David and Lucile Packard, co-founders of Hewlett-Packard (HP). HP is a global corporation developing and manufacturing information technology such as data storage, networking hardware and a variety of other technological products. The Packards formalized their passion for philanthropy in 1964 when they established the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. They believed America to be the home of a unique type of organization-foundations-that constitute a great American tradition and complement government efforts to focus on society's needs. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the Foundation's work.


agriculture, arts, civil liberties, education, environment, engineering, population studies, science, reproductive health


Giving for national and international grants, with a special focus on the Northern CA counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito; giving also in Pueblo, Colorado.


Total giving: $295,015,267

Qualifying distributions: $339,184,829

Giving activities include:

$293,438,407 for 987 grants (high: $66,100,000; low: $5,000)

$1,576,860 employee matching gifts

$3,506,376 for foundation-administered programs

$17,915,951 for 11 loans/program-related investments


  • $66,100,000 to ClimateWorks Foundation, San Francisco, CA, in 2013. For general support of the ClimateWorks Foundation's work to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and avert climate change
  • $38,209,855 to Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, in 2013. For operating support, research projects, and ordinary capital support
  • $10,000,000 to Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, Monterey, CA, in 2013. For general support
  • $2,100,000 to Institute of International Education, New York, NY, in 2013. For the Technical Assistance Program in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • $2,100,000 to Resources Legacy Fund, Sacramento, CA, in 2013. For the sixth and final year of grantmaking activities under the Northwest Mexico Land Conservation Program of Resources Legacy Fund
  • $1,000,000 to Tides Center, San Francisco, CA, in 2013. For Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS)
  • $875,000 to University of California, Berkeley, CA, in 2013. For 2013 Packard Fellowship for Felix Fischer, Department of Chemistry
  • $170,000 to Planned Parenthood Education Fund, California, Sacramento, CA, in 2013. For general support
  • $110,220 to BirdLife International, Cambridge, England, in 2013. For Indian Ocean Tuna Commission seabird bycatch workshop and a study of gillnet bycatch mitigation methods
  • $100,000 to ONeill Sea Odyssey, Santa Cruz, CA, in 2013. For environmental education classes over two years through 5/31/15