Hewlett Foundation

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]

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
FounderWilliam Redington Hewlett and Flora Lamson Hewlett
TypePrivate foundation
Key people
Larry Kramer, president
Revenue (2018)
Expenses (2018)US$471,437,419[1]
Endowment$10 billion[2]

With assets of approximately $10 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


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]. However, the Hewlett Foundation is a donor to the Breakthrough Institute,[14]


Hewlett collaborated with the Center for Investigative Reporting to create California Watch, an investigative reporting project focused on California news.[15]

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.[16] The Hewlett Foundation has given major financial support to Planned Parenthood and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.[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)
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.

OrganizationAmount (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


Members of the board

Officers of the board

  • Larry D. Kramer, President
  • Ana Marshall, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Suresh Bhat, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Elizabeth Peters, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Advisor to the Investment Committee

  • Scott Simon

See also


  1. "The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  2. 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. 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. "Berkeley gets $113 million from Hewlett Foundation for 100 new campus chairs". The Mercury News. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  9. "Mellon, Hewlett Foundations grant $11M to launch free MIT course materials on web". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 18 June 2001. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  10. "Lawrence Lessig on the History of Creative Commons". 30 July 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  11. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2012-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Top 50 International Grants Awarded by Foundations for Climate Change)
  12. "Historic Agreement Reached to Purchase San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds". South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  13. "Conservation Groups Announce $96 Million Fund to Protect Great Bear Rainforest". Foundation Center. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  14. "Who We Are". The Breakthrough Institute. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  15. Farnsworth, Meghann (29 October 2010). "Center for Investigative Reporting joins Public Insight Network". The Center for Investigative Reporting. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  16. "Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Sexual and Reproductive Health". Inside Philanthropy. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  17. Evans, Will (4 August 2008). "Profile: Planned Parenthood". NPR. 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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