Ten dimensions of powerful arts education

What is powerful teaching and learning in arts education—and how do you know it’s happening? Arts educators and researchers know these questions can be curiously difficult to answer. Part of the reason they’re difficult is because arts education takes place in a variety of learning environments (in school, after school, out of school, summer camps,…

Reflecting on five years of funding in international reproductive health

In anticipation of the release of our refreshed strategy in the coming weeks, we are excited to share the comprehensive evaluation of our International Reproductive Health (IRH) grantmaking from 2014–2020 (full report available here). We kicked off our evaluation and strategy refresh process last year, centering our guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration…

Partnering with intermediary organizations to support artistic and cultural vibrancy in the Bay Area

Earlier this year, the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program commissioned Informing Change and Open Mind Consulting to undertake a study of the program’s intermediary partners—a group of nonprofit organizations who receive large grants from the Hewlett Foundation to both provide technical assistance for the San Francisco Bay Area arts sector and to “re-grant” the foundation’s…

Some possible new directions for Hewlett Foundation’s TPA grantmaking

Guided by our commitment to outcome-focused philanthropy, we take stock every five or so years of what happened over the previous strategy cycle, how the current landscape looks—and how it is changing—to learn, adapt, and respond to this new context in a meaningful way. Kicking off a strategy refresh during a global pandemic presents opportunities, constraints,…

Evaluating our Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy

In 2015, the Hewlett Foundation launched its first strategy on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). The goal of that strategy was to support women in achieving greater agency, opportunities, and control over resources. To do so, we focused on three areas of grantmaking: data, research, and advocacy. We worked under the premise that improved data, macro-level…

Building a demographic data platform for openness, learning and transparency: Q&A with Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Hewlett Foundation is publicly releasing a new data platform that describes the racial, ethnic, and gender makeup of its U.S. grantees—a platform developed in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). In this interview, Kevin Bolduc, Vice President of Assessment and Advisory Services, and Della Menhaj, Associate Manager of Assessment and Advisory Services,…

Evaluating our Aid Transparency Grants Cluster: Takeaways and Reflections

The Hewlett Foundation updates our grantmaking strategies every five years to facilitate ongoing learning and adaptation, consistent with our commitment to outcome-focused philanthropy. The foundation’s transparency, participation, and accountability (TPA) strategy reached the five-year mark in 2020 and we kicked off the strategy refresh in late 2020. We are now at the stage of making…

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