Since its founding in 1964, The Packard Foundation has been a place-based funder, investing in the local communities that surrounded the Packard family home and business. The Local Grantmaking Program, formalized into a single department in 2008, continues to build upon the legacy of David and Lucile’s local philanthropy. Today, the Local Grantmaking Program provides support for programs in the five California counties of Santa Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey as well as the community of Pueblo, Colorado, where David Packard was born.
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 in each of the five counties have access to the resources and services they need for their well-being, as well as opportunities that enable them to explore and grow.
What We Fund
We invest in organizations and programs that offer critical services or learning opportunities in our region. Across the five counties, the Local Grantmaking Program provides support in five primary focus areas: the arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, and population and reproductive health. Organizations may receive multi-year general support or specific project support to help fulfill their community-based missions. Support for capacity-building efforts that advance the work of current grantees is provided through the Local Grantmaking Program’s “Nonprofit Breakthrough Fund” investments.