In 2016, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation marked its 50th anniversary by reflecting on the past so as to inform the future. We invited former staff and leaders to share their memories of Bill Hewlett and the early days of the organization. We commissioned two reports – one that comprehensively examines the history of U.S. philanthropy and the other takes the pulse of how foundation CEOs see the future of philanthropy. We hosted a symposium that brought together experts from nonprofits, business, academia and government to discuss ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems. And we made several large grants to create new works of performing arts in the Bay Area and protect the environment for communities across America. Here, read our stories and reflections to learn about our values, commitments and hopes in making the world a better place.