What We Fund

Local Grantmaking

The Challenge

The five counties that comprise the Packard Foundation’s Local Grantmaking region are home to breathtaking landscapes and rich agricultural land, top universities and world-renowned technology companies, and diverse communities that produce exceptional art, cuisine and cultural assets. Despite the economic prosperity, community strengths and opportunities that exist, many children and families in the community face challenges that prohibit them from thriving and fully realizing their potential.

Our Work

The Local Grantmaking Program builds on the longstanding commitment made by David and Lucile Packard to invest in the region where they started their company and raised their family. Dedicated to achieving deep and meaningful impact in local communities, the Local Grantmaking Program makes investments in the five contiguous counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey —as well as Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard.

The Change We Seek

Throughout their lifetimes, David and Lucile Packard invested in their local community and in issues about which they were passionate. They believed that their local investments could drive deep impact and bring meaningful change. Today, we make investments in focus areas in which the Packard family and the Foundation have longstanding commitments—the arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, population and reproductive health, as well as organizational capacity-building for grantee nonprofits that provide the programs and services.

We want our local communities to continue to be strong and vibrant places where people can reach their full potential. We work to ensure that people have access to the resources and services they need for their well-being, as well as opportunities that enable them to explore and grow.

Focus Areas

Our Geographies

Our grantmaking provides focused support within the five counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties, and in Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard.


We invest in local cultural organizations that provide visual or performing arts experiences for the community, or arts education programming for children and youth.

Children and Youth

We fund programs that create positive learning experiences that foster intellectual, social, and emotional development, and lay a foundation for future success at two critical points in a child’s development: the first three years of life and adolescence.

Conservation and Science

We support environmental education programs for children and families that offer hands-on learning opportunities and promote environmental stewardship.

Food and Shelter

We invest in major food banks, housing and shelter providers for homeless families, and emergency assistance and shelter providers for victims of domestic violence.

Population and Reproductive Health

We fund efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in our local communities and ensure that youth and adults are educated about and have ample access to multiple methods of family planning.

Organizational Capacity-Building: Nonprofit Breakthrough Fund

We support projects and organizations that work to strengthen the capacity of individual grantees, groups of grantees and the local social sector.

Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo, Colorado is the birthplace of David Packard and the city where he spent a significant portion of his childhood. Once home to a thriving steel industry, Pueblo struggles to overcome challenges of generational poverty, high unemployment and a much higher poverty rate in comparison to other areas of Colorado.