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.

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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. 

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May 30, 2014: Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers Launch Activating Empathy Competition

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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 our digital timeline.
  • Explore our Review of 2013 Funding Data, where we reflect on our past year of grantmaking – including a special 50-year data highlight.

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March 19, 2014: Our Commitment to Nonprofit Effectiveness

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

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February 18, 2014 : Susan Orr, Packard’s Board Chair, remembers the legacy of her parents, David and Lucile.

February 18, 2014 : Carol Larson, Packard’s president and CEO, reflects on five decades of grantmaking.