For more than 40 years, the Packard Foundation has supported an array of nonprofit organizations in geographic areas that are significant to the Packard family. These include the five California counties that surround the Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California— San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito*—as well as Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard.
Our goal in supporting these communities is to help make them stronger and more vibrant places where all families can thrive and reach their potential. To achieve this goal, the Local Grantmaking program focuses its resources on addressing five fundamental issue areas that reflect the priorities of the Foundation and the interests of our founders:
- Children and Youth
- Conservation and Science
- Food and Shelter
- Population and Reproductive Health.
Annually, we provide up to $14 million to support organizations that offer direct services in our issue areas. Current grant recipients may also receive additional support to help strengthen their organization’s effectiveness through our “Beyond the Check” program. This includes support for focused trainings on topics such as strategic planning, board governance, nonprofit leadership, strategic communications, and other key topics.
*Most of the Foundation’s support for nonprofit organizations in San Benito County is provided through a re-granting partnership with the Community Foundation for San Benito County.