The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996) and Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987). David and Lucile Packard shared a deep and abiding interest in philanthropy.

 

The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation and Science; Population; and Children, Families, and Communities. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. We do not accept proposals to benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.

 

The Foundation’s assets were approximately $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2004. General program grant awards totaled approximately $217 million in 2004. The Foundation has a grant making budget of approximately $200 million in 2005.

 

Program areas and grant making

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works to ensure opportunities for all children to reach their potential, to protect reproductive rights and stabilize world population, to conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems, and to encourage the creative pursuit of science. We work to achieve our mission through support of programs in selected issue areas, through support for Special Opportunities and Capacity-Building that is flexible and responsive to the institutional needs of organizations, and through targeted support in Local Areas of historical importance to the Packard family.

 

Programs

 

The Foundation focuses in three key program areas:

The Conservation and Science Program seeks to protect and restore our oceans, coasts, and atmosphere and to enable the creative pursuit of scientific research toward this goal. The Program makes grants to nonprofit organizations, supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and manages the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.

 

The Population Program seeks to slow the rate of growth of the world’s population, to expand reproductive health options among the world’s poor, and to support reproductive rights. The Program makes grants to nonprofit organizations.

 

The Children, Families, and Communities Program seeks to provide access to publicly funded, high-quality preschool programs for all three- and four-year olds; to provide access to health insurance for all children that ensures them appropriate health care; and to provide access to after-school programs that promote positive youth development for all elementary and middle school-aged children in California. The program makes grants to nonprofit organizations and supports the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.

 

Special Opportunities and Organizational Effectiveness Funds

 

In addition to advancing Foundation goals in our three program areas by supporting nonprofit organizations and key institutions, we also believe in the importance of flexible funding to address emerging opportunities as identified by our Board of Trustees and seek to strengthen the organizational effectiveness of grantee organizations and the philanthropic sector through grant making.

 

Local Area Funds

The Foundation has a long commitment to local areas of historical importance to the Packard family. These include Pueblo, Colorado; Los Altos, California; and the broader four-county area of California encompassing San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. We make grants in these local counties that advance the goals of our three programs and support various local arts and community organizations which offer important cultural and social services.

 

In 1998, our Trustees adopted a goal for the Population Program to slow the rate of growth of the world’s population and to expand reproductive health options among the world’s poor.

 

We are working toward a future where women and couples can fully exercise their reproductive rights; where government provides a supportive climate for reproductive health and family planning services, including a safety net for those who cannot afford to pay; and where a flourishing private and nongovernmental sector provides a diverse range of choices for those who can.

 

Our grant making emphases are global institutions/global solutions (GI/GS) in the field of population, mobilization, reproductive rights, and future leaders.

 

We concentrate our geographic grant making in five countries of the developing world (Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines) and the United States.

 

India

Our India subprogram supports the policy of the government of India to slow population growth and achieve population stability by providing information and extending access to quality family planning and reproductive health services to underserved populations in Bihar and Jharkhand. The subprogram also supports the government’s policy to delay marriage and childbearing among young people and to enable them to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

 

What We Fund

Population Program activities in India are limited to the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, as they present the greatest need/resource imbalance. Together these states comprise the poorest region in India and have the lowest indicators of women’s status in India, a large unmet need for family planning and reproductive health services, and a high proportion of young people.

 

We support projects that will contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives under the following two strategic emphases:

  1. To expand people’s access to a wide range of modern contraceptives and related reproductive health services, to increase contraceptive prevalence, and to increase the proportion of couples using modern methods of contraception.
  2. To make modern family planning and reproductive health information and services available to young people and to strengthen their ability to make informed decisions about when to marry; when to have their first and subsequent children; and how to prevent unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

 

What We Do Not Fund

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for project activities in India outside of Bihar and Jharkhand.

For information on how to apply for a grant in this area, please click at http://www.packard.org/

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How to apply

Step 1: Does Your Project Fit with Our Guidelines?

Step 2: Submit Your Online Letter of Inquiry

Step 3: The Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

Step 4: Proposal Review and the Funding Decision

 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private foundation. We accept grant proposals only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. We do not provide funding for projects that benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.

 

Step 1: Does Your Project Fit with Our Guidelines?

Our funding priorities are global institutions/global solutions (GI/GS) in the field of population, mobilization, reproductive rights, and future leaders. We concentrate our geographic grant making in five countries of the developing world (Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines) and the United States.

 

Please read the guidelines completely and carefully. Your project may fit the general goals of our program, but it is important to read further to find out if your project:

  1. Addresses a program area for which we accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. Currently, the Population Program accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals for Mobilization, Reproductive Rights, and country programs in Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria.
  2. Falls within our geographic boundaries
  3. Appears to fit within the particular strategies we have adopted to advance program goals.

 

Step 2: Submit Your Online Letter of Inquiry

If your work meets the criteria described above, we encourage you to submit a letter of inquiry online. To submit your letter of inquiry using our online application form, please click on the following link: Population Program online letter of inquiry form. If you need assistance at anytime during the online application process, please call our Population Program at 001 (650) 917-4777.

 

Staff members review letters of inquiry year-round and there are no submission deadlines.

 

If you are unable to access the online application, you may submit your letter of inquiry by email to population@packard.org , by fax to 001 (650) 948-1361, or by regular mail to Population Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 300 Second Street, Los Altos, California, 94022, U.S.A. The letter should provide a descriptive title and should explain your project’s objectives, funding needs, and relationship to our specific grant making priorities.

 

Letters of inquiry submitted online receive immediate confirmation that we have received the request. We will acknowledge receipt of letters of inquiry received by email, fax, or regular mail within three weeks.

 

Step 3: The Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

If your request fits within our program guidelines and priorities, you will be asked to submit a full proposal. You will be provided with the necessary information for completing the process at that time.

 

Step 4: Proposal Review and the Funding Decision

Staff members review each proposal carefully, and we generally meet with the applicant prior to making a recommendation. Foundation staff members will seek to coordinate the timing of the review process with grant applicants. The application, due diligence, and funding decision process normally takes three to six months for most applicants.

 

For more details please contact or see the web site-

 

population Program

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

300 Second Street, Los Altos,

California 94022, U.S.A.

Phone: 001(650) 917-4777,

Email: population@packard.org

Website: http://www.packard.org

 

India Office

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

B-5, 2nd floor

Greater Kailash Enclave II

New Delhi 100 048

Tel: 011-51 43 54 68, Telefax : 51 43 54 67

Email: njha@packard.org

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