In 1964, David and Lucile Packard established this Foundation to promote positive, lasting change in the areas they cared most about—the environment, science, children, reproductive health and their local community. Fifty years later and many long-term partnerships forged with our grantees and collaborating donors, we’ve made significant progress toward their vision.

Over the course of this year, we’d like to celebrate that progress by sharing stories from our grantees and the work supported by the Foundation, memorable moments from our history, important upcoming events and other updates and news related to our 50th Anniversary. We invite you to join us in this celebration and on our journey to advance positive change over the next 50 years.

For ongoing updates, visit this page often or follow us on Twitter: @PackardFdn.

View our timeline, Fifty Years of Lasting Change.

December 10, 2014: Celebrate Youth

  • Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event highlighting the work and accomplishments of 19 young leaders from Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, and the U.S. South.
  • Learn more about the Youth Champions Initiative and the emerging leaders addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in their communities.

November 12, 2014: Climate Innovation Forum

  • Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the Innovation Forum.
  • Learn more about the work the Foundation and our partners are doing to halt climate change.

October 22, 2014: Celebrating 50 Years in the Local Community

September 16, 2014: Carol Larson, Packard’s president and CEO, notes the Packard family’s commitment to Science and Engineering

  • Watch three new videos highlighting the range of work supported by the program over the years.
  • Visit our Packard Fellows online directory to learn more about the research from over 500 scientists and engineers from 52 universities.
  • View pictures of our classes of Fellows over the years.

July 28, 2014: Children, Families, and Communities Program Introduces Starting Smart Strategy

  • Watch our new video focused on giving every child a strong start by empowering the adults in children’s lives to provide health care and quality early learning opportunities.
  • Read about our new strategy and approach to ensuring that all of California’s children are ready to succeed in school by age five—with good health, self-confidence, social skills, and a love of learning.

June 26, 2014: What does “commitment to effectiveness” mean to us?

  • Learn about our Five Guiding Principles for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
  • Read how sharing learning to amplify impact has been central to our children’s health grantmaking and what we learned from our experiences intentionally integrating evaluation, strategy and communications in order to contribute to better health outcomes for kids.

April 28, 2014: Carol Larson, Packard’s president and CEO, looks back in celebration on the anniversary of the first-ever Board meeting.

  • Learn about the Foundation’s 50 years of lasting change through ourdigital timeline.
  • Explore our Review of 2013 Funding Data, where we reflect on our past year of grantmaking – including a special 50-year data highlight.

March 19, 2014: Our Commitment to Nonprofit Effectiveness

March 3, 2014: The Ocean, the Economy and Our Well-being