Greater understanding of wildfires leads to better solutions

As a lifelong Californian, I’m no stranger to wildfire season. But these days, the season begins earlier in the summer, stretches later into winter, and contains record-breaking wildfire events year after year. This season, the Dixie Fire has already grown to be the second-largest wildfire in California’s history, and the Caldor Fire is threatening South…

Pressure testing our ideas: A challenge to funders

This is the fifth in a series on shifting power in international giving and what INGOs, NGOs, and funders can do differently to support and sustain more equitable partnerships. In the introductory piece, Pat Scheid frames the issue of shifting power, and in the second, Joe Asunka shares strategies for funders to foster equitable partnerships.…

Ensuring US elections are accessible, secure, and trustworthy

When I joined the Hewlett Foundation in early March 2020, I inherited our strategies to combat digital disinformation and to support campaigns and elections. One of my first tasks was to make sense of how to integrate and refresh these lines of work. But the wave of events that followed—the emergence of the pandemic, the…

Toward a New Common Sense for the Economy

The Hewlett Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative launched in December 2020 with an initial five-year, $50 million commitment to replace the dominant economic paradigm of the last half-century: neoliberalism. Our aim is to help create a new “common sense” about how the economy works, the aims it should serve, and how it should be structured…

Introducing our new program name: Gender Equity and Governance

Today we are launching a new program name, “Gender Equity and Governance,” to replace “Global Development and Population.” The new name does not signal any dramatic shifts in what fields we support. However, it is more than just an aesthetic change. For several years, we have increasingly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our…

Althea Anderson and Joseph Asunka: Reflections on power, equity and race in international giving

Althea Anderson, a program officer focused on international reproductive health and women’s economic empowerment, and Joseph Asunka, a former program officer on our global transparency team, discuss their work to build equitable partnerships and shift power to African institutions in grantmaking and their experiences as Black funders. This conversation is part of a new series…

Jasmine Sudarkasa and Fay Twersky: A lesson in race, leadership and sharing power

This conversation is part of a new series featuring Hewlett Foundation staff discussing race in our work and lives. It features Jasmine Sudarkasa, a program fellow in our Effective Philanthropy Group, and Fay Twersky, then-vice president of the Hewlett Foundation and director of the Effective Philanthropy Group, discussing the process and experience behind the anti-racism…

Reflecting on my first year as a grantmaker

When I started working as a Program Officer on the Hewlett Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy a year ago, I shifted from being a grantee to becoming a grantmaker—and the difference in perspective was stark. I began thinking about what it means to give money away, and how different it is from raising money. Especially…

Data Equity: Six steps beyond data disaggregation

We’ve just wrapped up Women’s History Month. This year’s celebration stood out as having an exciting focus on data. Whether taking stock of “what we know and don’t know about women” globally or asking why sex-disaggregated data aren’t sexy—data were front and center. When the pursuit of equity touches on data—for women or other groups…

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