Learn About the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a far reach, providing funding and oversight to multiple projects and organizations across the globe. With the goal of contributing to a sustainable world where children can reach their full potential, the organization focuses the majority of its work in conservation and science, families and communities and reproductive health. Through an annual grant budget of around $235 million, the foundation strives to support schools, healthcare facilities and other businesses and organizations with parallel goals and values.

History of the Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was established in 1964, although their passion for philanthropy dates back much further. Before marrying David, Lucile Packard volunteered at the Stanford Convalescent Home, helping to care for children with tuberculosis. David Packard was a student at Stanford at the time; after graduation, Packard started his own business with partner and college friend William R. Hewlett.

The foundation was formally established under a core set of values that began with respect for all people and integrity. The foundation also has a firm belief in individual leadership, meaning it provides funding to organizations and businesses with the principles and direction to make significant contributions on their own. Because the leaders of the foundation recognize that resources are limited, they strive to select the organizations that are primed to have the greatest impact on their communities and the world at large. The goal of the foundation is to make a lasting contribution in the areas where they choose to focus.

Although the founding members are both gone today, the philosophy and values of the foundation continue to be carried out through family members. Children and grandchildren continue to work for the foundation, with daughters Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard both serving in official capacities on the foundation’s board. The foundation currently operates with a staff of around 100, which is overseen by the Board of Trustees.

Foundation Projects and Partners
The foundation offers local, national and international grants, with particular focus in the California locations of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey and San Mateo. The foundation supports direct services as well as organizations committed to research and education, such as colleges and universities. The organization is also a partner with the United Nations Foundation.

The foundation is a proud supporter of many projects, organizations and services around the globe. In 1988, the foundation donated $40 million for the construction of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which began as the Stanford Convalescent Home that Lucile had volunteered at so many years prior. The hospital opened in 1991; unfortunately, Lucile’s death in 1987 left the hospital without the physical presence of their founder at the grand opening of the facility.

The foundation has also provided funding for Climate Works, an organization dedicated to supporting public policies that promote global health through the prevention of the dangerous effects of climate change. The Climate Works Foundation was established in 2008 through the generous support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in collaboration with the

The foundation also supports programs at colleges and universities that follow the values held by the organization. For example, in 1995, the foundation provided endowed a post-doctoral fellowship Environmental Engineering to the University of California. The funding is used by the college for research in the area of preventing and controlling air pollution.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a legacy left by its founding members that continues the work of those individuals today. Through the careful oversight of children and grandchildren left to carry on the work, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation continues to make an impact in its local community, nation and across the globe.

Resources:

  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Website for the foundation that provides funding for organizations, services, research and education worldwide.
  • United Nations Foundation. Partner of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and organization committed to the issues currently facing the United Nations.
  • Climate Works. Funded in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, this organization supports public policy that improves global health through the prevention of climate change.
  • Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health. Organization funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation that works to improve family planning and reproductive health to needy countries around the world.
  • University of California. University receiving endowment from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for research involving the prevention and management of air pollution in California.
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Hospital found in 1988 by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.