Our Values

Our Values

David and Lucile Packard imparted the following core set of values to our Board and staff.


We are open and honest with one another, the community, and the Foundation’s grantees. We will encourage the highest possible standards of conduct and ethics.

Belief in Individual Leadership

We promote an environment of trust and flexibility that fosters and rewards the best in ideas and efforts.

Capacity to Think Big

We initiate and receive ideas in which a large commitment of funds and/or time can make a unique and lasting contribution.

Respect for All People

We show graciousness and respect for all people. The success of the Foundation depends on seeking out and listening to ideas and advice of others.

Commitment to Effectiveness

We identify unique and strategic opportunities to make a difference and evaluate their effectiveness and change as necessary.