Our grantees lie at the center of our work to improve the lives of children, families, and communities, and to restore and protect the planet. In recognition of the critical role that grantee organizations play in creating lasting change, we have collected the following real stories from the field. These stories are just a small sampling of the many that illustrate how the Foundation collaborates with leaders and organizations to find the most effective answers to the challenges we seek to solve together. In future improvements to this website, we hope to feature more vehicles in which grantees can share their stories with the people who want and need to hear them.

Conservation and Science


Protecting the Colorado Plateau (Video)

The Colorado Plateau is under tremendous stress because of development that is straining natural resources and endangering biodiversity. Jim Enote, director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation is engaging with tribal communities around shared sustainability priorities to sustain Colorado Plateau lands, waters, and culture for generations to come.


Protecting Fijian Coral Reefs and Fish with Locally Managed Marine Protected Areas (Video)

Coral reefs are the fabric of daily life in Fiji. Stacy Jupiter works closely with local communities to protect the reefs and the fish that inhabit them. Locally designed and managed, the marine protected areas are increase the number and size of fish, which has a direct impact on the livelihoods of people on the Fijian coast.


Fighting to Protect Fiji’s Coastal Waters (Video)

Kasia works with the World Wildlife Federation’s South Pacific Program in Fiji to oversee locally protected marine areas — engaging local communities in efforts to protect the natural resources that support their livelihood.


Deep Sea Exploration Along the West Coast (Video)

Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (www.mbari.org) senior scientist, studies how climate change and ocean acidification affects life in the oceans. Scientific information about our oceans, like the research conducted by MBARI, can help us make more informed decisions to support the sustainability of ocean ecosystems.


Managing Invasive Species in the Cook Islands (Video)

The Birdlife Invasive Species Programme works with local partners in over 120 countries to remove invasive species that threaten native bird populations. This video follows a team lead by Birdlife Technical Advisor Steve Cranwell as they spread bait to remove the rat populations that threaten seabirds in the Cook Islands.


Bringing the ‘Kuita’ Back in Fiji

Engaging inhabitants of the islands of the Western Pacific is key to effectively managing natural resources. Creating small-scale, marine-protected areas for local communities to manage has improved conditions in and around their fishing grounds, as well as brought back species that were thought to have been extinct.


Packard Fellowships Celebrate 25 Years (Video)

The Packard Fellowship program was established in 1988 to allow the nation’s most promising scientists to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements. The program arose out of David Packard’s commitment to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs in recognition that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories. By supporting highly innovative professors early in their careers, the Foundation hopes to support scientific leaders, helping to further their promising work in science and engineering and encourage their efforts to train the next generation of scientists.


Packard Fellows Spotlight (Video)

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering supports some of our nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers. Here we highlight three fellows, Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Dr. Erich Jarvis, eand Dr. Michael Dickinson, and the groundbreaking contributions they are making to their respective fields.


Connecting Scientists and Policymakers

Getting policymakers to pay attention to complex scientific issues can be difficult. COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) trains scientists to effectively inform policymakers and understand the world of journalism to present their science in a compelling manner.

Population and Reproductive Health

Children, Families, and Communities


Transitional Kindergarten is All About Sharing

We support the adults caring for children so more infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are on track for success and ready for a classroom by age five.


Summer Matters in Glenn County, CA

We invest in projects that promote high-quality after-school and summer learning opportunities that support year-round development and well-being for all California’s children.


Fixing the System

We support strong implementation of the Affordable Care Act that secures health insurance coverage for children and families in ways that expand families’ access to quality health care and develops strong linkages between health and early learning.

Local Grantmaking


Bringing a Traditional Museum to the Present

When Nina Simon started her first day at The Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (MAH) in the summer of 2011, the museum was financially on the brink and extremely close to closure.


Sparking Potential Through Apprenticeship

Spark, connects community members in the workforce to students in the classroom through an innovative apprenticeship program. They are reaching more middle school students than ever in more cities across the country.


From City Hall to Science Workshop

How do you turn an old City Hall building into a lively and energetic science workshop for kids and families? With tables and electrical outlets, the Greenfield City Hall building was transformed.


The Wonder in Wetlands

Through Project Tierra, students in Watsonville, California have the opportunity to learn about their local wetlands and the ecosystems it supports.


Food for Local Families

The recession hit Monterey hard, causing the low-paying agriculture and hospitality industries to struggle, and forcing some local plants to close. The high cost of living and slow recovery have made putting food on the table a challenge for many local families.


Teens Leading Change

Hearken back to your teenage years. You’re learning how to drive, how to balance friendship and schoolwork – and your body is full of hormones. Curiosity about love, relationships, and sex is at the forefront of your mind.


Water and A Way of Life

Just as water flows around and over fences, the issues facing land and water in the arid west impact farmers, ranchers, and whole communities.

Organizational Effectiveness


Navigating Organizational Change for Impactful Scientific Communications

Since COMPASS began their organizational transformation, the nonprofit has grown by about 50%, operates as its own entity, has new fund development tools, and developed an expanded programmatic scope.


Planning for a Healthy Young America

A new strategic plan enabled Young Invincibles to become a convener of existing youth experts, organizations, and networks to change policies that impact youth and enroll more people youth in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.


Building Better Grantmaking

The idea is fairly simple: if foundations can define and measure their own effectiveness, they can use that information to improve their work for the beneficiary. And with that, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) was born.

Program-Related Investments