Our philanthropic approach flows directly from the ethos and values of our founders.

We are committed to acting honestly and with integrity, in accordance with the law and the highest standards of practice, and to treating all those with whom we deal fairly and respectfully. Undertaking to act ethically, however, is only part of what we must do to fulfill the aims of our founders, which include their desire that we use the foundation’s resources effectively for the betterment of society.

Philanthropy is a distinctive enterprise, with unique challenges and opportunities. The Hewletts approached it with a humanistic philosophy based on faith in the capacity of people to do good and belief in the importance of healthy institutions as a means for doing so.  Accordingly, we pursue our charitable goals through adherence to the following additional commitments and guiding principles: