Why the United States should build back better: A call for post-COVID, climate-forward policy

This post originally appeared in Alliance. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a gut punch to the world. Millions of people infected. Hundreds of thousands dead. Hospitals (again) overflowing. And the effects disproportionately falling on BIPOC communities facing systemic racism and structural inequality. While this may be a once-in-a-century crisis, it does not stand alone. It…

Q&A with Leticia Corona: Learning with funders about diversity, equity, and inclusion in international grantmaking

Leticia Corona is a fellow with the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program. Last fall, Leticia shared Hewlett’s expanded grantmaking to support youth-led organizing, engagement, and leadership in U.S. reproductive health, rights, and justice. As she comes to the end of her three-year term this week, she reflects on her work with Hewlett colleagues…

We can rise to today’s challenges

On this 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, we are all in an unsettled place. Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken tens of thousands of lives and containment measures have caused unprecedented economic disruption. Our world has turned upside down. Beyond the pandemic disaster, other dangers — most notably the very real threat and current…

An update on our COVID-19 response

The following is a message sent by Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer to the foundation’s grantees and nonprofit partners. We are sharing it as a matter of transparency:    Dear grantees and partners: I’m writing to update you about some decisions the foundation has made concerning grantmaking during this difficult time. I do so while…

We depend on well-led and well-managed grantees

The foundation’s Madison Initiative is addressing three big challenges facing U.S. democracy. We seek to strengthen Congress, improve campaigns and elections, and combat digital disinformation. While these are distinct objectives, they all depend on our having well-led and well-managed grantee organizations to take full advantage of our funding. Leadership is typically not a problem for…

Philanthropy must stop fiddling while the world burns

Writing in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer makes an urgent call to action to philanthropic organizations to increase climate giving: What should grantmakers do when the social and political and environmental circumstances that have made our work and progress possible begin falling apart? Because, make no mistake, that is what’s happening…

Seven habits of excellent work with grantees: Practical tips for program staff

There are many important elements to effective philanthropy, but a critical – and sometimes overlooked – element is the human one: the relationships that program staff forge with grantee partners. At the Hewlett Foundation, one of our guiding principles is a commitment to working collaboratively and with mutual respect. But how do you put that…

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