Reflections on creating a philanthropic wildfire strategy

In 2020, the Hewlett Foundation embarked on a three-year wildfire initiative that was developed and led by Environment Program Fellow Jennee Kuang. As the fellowship draws to a close, Jennee shares her reflections as someone who came to Hewlett new to philanthropy and relatively new to the wildfire field. The Hewlett Foundation’s Environment team plans…

Three takeaways from Verify 2022

The third edition of the Hewlett Foundation’s Verify media roundtable — which brings together leading journalists with top national security officials, tech industry leaders, and experts from civil society to discuss critical issues in cybersecurity and tech policy more broadly — was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020. After several pandemic-related delays, it…

Strengthening U.S. democracy: Q&A with Jean Bordewich

Jean Parvin Bordewich is a program officer in the U.S. Democracy Program at the Hewlett Foundation, overseeing grantmaking for the National Governing Institutions strategy. Earlier she spent more than 20 years on congressional staffs, including senior positions in both the Senate and House of Representatives. She also has been a local elected official in New…

The Hewlett Foundation as a formative institution

We are used to thinking of foundations as instrumentalities or conduits endowed by donors (living or deceased) to change the world, hopefully for the better, via their grantmaking. As I prepare to wrap up my eight-year term as director of the foundation’s grantmaking in support of U.S. democracy, I am struck by how much the…

Reflections on the first eight years of our U.S. democracy grantmaking

In March of 2014, the Hewlett Foundation launched the Madison Initiative, the precursor to what is now our U.S. Democracy Program. It has been my privilege to lead the grantmaking and field building that the foundation has undertaken to strengthen democracy in America in the years since. We embarked with a clear eye on the…

Our commitment to racial justice starts with learning

I’ve dedicated most my life to education and equity — whether as a program officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program, as a leader at two education nonprofits that were also funded by Hewlett, or as a Congressional staffer. I’ve done this because I believe deeply in the power of learning to change lives and…

A burgeoning new economy movement in Europe

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  As readers of this newsletter know well, the neoliberal project has been a truly global effort. And as recent developments in Chile remind us, it’s path has not always been straight, with advances and…

Future directions for evidence-informed policy

Dear Partners, As I wrap up an incredible five years at the Hewlett Foundation and gear up for a new job at the Open Philanthropy Project, I’ve been reflecting on which developments in the evidence-informed policy field I’m most excited about. Top of mind is your work on responsive, decision-focused evidence. To celebrate and spread…

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