Both David and Lucile Packard felt a special connection and commitment to the communities in which they lived. David grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, but as an adult, he and Lucile called the greater Silicon Valley home. From the earliest days of the Foundation, we have provided support to organizations serving vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in both communities.
In 2007, our Board voted to commit five percent of the Foundation’s total grants budget (approximately $14 million in 2012) each year to support organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties, with a particular focus on reaching disadvantaged children and youth. These counties comprise one of the most diverse regions in the country, with high levels of racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, a large immigrant population, and disadvantaged groups living in highly urbanized areas as well as in more isolated rural settings.
Within our Local Grantmaking program, we support such activities as environmental education activities for disadvantaged children of color and their families, teen pregnancy prevention programs specifically targeting youth of color, and local after-school programs working with students from low-income communities.