New directions for our Performing Arts grantmaking

The who, how, and where of the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area is changing. And we need to change with it. As the grantees of the Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program well know, the Bay Area arts community is at an inflection point. Artists, arts organizations and the people who lead them are…

Q&A with Leticia Corona: Youth engagement in U.S. reproductive health, rights, and justice

The Hewlett Foundation has long supported U.S. reproductive health and rights, and recently expanded grantmaking to support youth-led organizing, engagement, and leadership. Hewlett program fellow Leticia Corona explains what the grants support and why it matters. What do these new grants aim to do? This three-year, $2.5 million grantmaking portfolio focuses on youth-led, multi-issue organizations…

Climate Finance Strategy 2018-2023

The Hewlett Foundation has been actively working to reduce GHG emissions for more than a decade. Our grants have focused on cleaning up electric power production, using less oil, using energy more efficiently, preserving forests, addressing non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and financing climate-friendly investments. Thus far, our grantmaking has mainly targeted countries and regions with high 

A year in review and what’s ahead for our climate finance strategy

2018 marks the Hewlett Foundation’s first year with a stand-alone grantmaking portfolio for climate and clean energy finance within our environment program. The long-term (2050) ambition for this grantmaking portfolio is to mobilize at least $1 trillion annually to support interventions that further the goals of the Paris Agreement. We hope to make substantial progress…

Cyber Initiative Grantmaking Strategy

In November 2017—a year earlier than originally planned due to the increased salience of cybersecurity issues after many high-profile breaches and growing threats to democratic institutions in a number of Western countries—the Hewlett Foundation’s board approved a renewal of our Cyber Initiative, budgeting $10 million per year for grantmaking through 2023. Along with the renewal, 

Western Conservation Strategy 2018-2023

Every five years, as a part of outcome-focused philanthropy, Hewlett Foundation programs undertake a thorough review of our grantmaking strategies. This deeper and comprehensive look at grantmaking results in a revised approach for the next five years. As a part of this process, the Western Conservation team drew on a retrospective evaluation of its grantmaking program; a 

Organizational Effectiveness Program

Launched in 2004, the Hewlett Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program helps the foundation’s grantees build the internal capacity and resiliency needed to navigate challenges, growth, and other opportunities to sustain and thrive in our ever-changing world. The OE program provides relatively small grants of targeted support to grantees across all the foundation’s core programs to 

The Madison Initiative Strategy

The Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative focuses on strengthening U.S. democracy and its institutions—especially Congress—in a time of political polarization. Launched in 2014, the initiative is nonpartisan and supports nonprofit organizations across the ideological spectrum—academic researchers, advocacy groups, think tanks, and civic leadership organizations—who seek to understand and improve the political system so that elected representatives 

Responding to your feedback on how we support active citizens and accountable government

Last year we asked for feedback on three draft substrategies to guide our transparency, participation, and accountability grantmaking. We received feedback from 17 organizations. Their comments prompted valuable discussions among our team and helped refine our substrategies, which are available below in English, Spanish and French. What follows is a brief summary of how each program officer responded to…

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