Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 234-4500

Foundation Guide - Hewlett Foundation


The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, known as the Hewlett Foundation works in several key areas with grantmaking programs in education, the environment, global development and population, the performing arts as well as a few special projects. The foundation operates under a few core guiding principles that focus on outcomes to maximize the value of grants as well as working collaboratively with grantees to tackle challenges and solve problems.

The Hewlett Foundation started by supporting programs and awarding grants to projects in the Hewlett’s immediate proximity: the San Francisco Bay Area. Today the foundation operates globally, although their focus is on awarding grants to organizations in the United States and Canada.

Supported Causes

The foundation supports specific projects within a diverse range of support areas:
Education: the foundation helps make grants to students to help ensure success in college as well as several K-12 programs based on building academic knowledge.
Environment: specific to the United States and Canada, many of the causes supported by the foundation are based in north America and include the protection of both fauna, flora and indigenous peoples as well as addressing climate change globally.
Global Development and Population: the foundation supports different programs that focus on women’s reproductive and economic choices and well as promoting evidence-based policymaking.
SF Bay Area: the Hewlett Foundation support several initiatives in the San Francisco region that support diverse communities and disadvantaged youth.
The Madison Initiative is a Hewlett Foundation grant program that awards grants to individuals and groups who seek to work in government, specifically Congress, to improve the political system and improve partisanship.

One of the main criteria for awarding grants is that the grantee be able to demonstrate that the project will ensure “long-term meaningful social change”. Most of the grants awarded by the Hewlett Foundation focus on outcomes as well as addressing issues in a pragmatic and nonpartisan manner.
The foundation accepts unsolicited inquiries for performing arts grants, however, is not accepting unsolicited applications in any other area. Most of the grants are to organizations and programs identified by the foundation. No individuals are funded, nor does the foundation fund any scholarships.


ith $9 billion in assets, the Hewlett Foundation is one of the wealthiest grantmaking foundations in the United States. Grantees include:

  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: $60million
  • International Development Research Centre: $57million
  • Stichting Hivos: $28million
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation Worldwide Inc.: $28million
  • Center for Global Development $26million
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.: $21million

The Foundation's History

The Hewlett Foundation was established in 1996 by William R. Hewlett and his wife Flora Lamson Hewlett together with their son Walter Hewlett. William Hewlett was an engineer, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). The foundation is completely independent of HP and the Hewlett-Packard Foundation.

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