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…

Renewing our commitment to the Cyber Initiative

I’d love to say we saw what was coming when we launched the Cyber Initiative in 2014. But no one could have guessed how quickly cybersecurity would become what Berkeley’s Steve Weber calls “the master problem of the Internet era.” Yet the relentless stream of cybersecurity crises only highlights the gap we noticed four years 

Climate Initiative strategy 2018-2023

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been investing for a number of years in various strategies to avoid the worst effects of climate change and spare human suffering by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Those grants have aimed at cleaning up power production, using less oil, using energy more efficiently, preserving forests, addressing non-CO2 

Learn with us about transparency, participation, and accountability

Organizations working to increase government transparency, citizen participation, and public sector accountability know they have a lot to learn – and a lot to share with others. They have an appetite for inquiry and reflection that pushes us all to be smarter and more effective. We’re trying to make the most of this intellectual energy 

Help us learn about active citizens and accountable government

How can citizens around the world hold their governments accountable for high-quality public services like education, health care, and water?  There are no perfect answers to that complex question, but we have a hunch:  Our hypothesis is that, in combination, more information about how governments raise and spend money, active participation by people in the…

A practical guide to outcome-focused philanthropy

Outcome-focused philanthropy is the Hewlett Foundation’s approach to how we practice strategic philanthropy. It guides how we do our work, from start to finish. We’ve been practicing strategic philanthropy for more than a decade—focusing on what problem or opportunity we’re trying to address, whether we’re achieving our outcomes and why (or why not), and how…

Open Educational Resources December 2015

The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program makes grants to improve education by expanding the reach of openly available educational resources, improving California education policies, and by supporting “deeper learning”—a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students will need to succeed.

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