- Assets: $5,699,231,606 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $282,825,448 (2009)
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996), co founder of Hewlett-Packard, and his wife, Lucile (1914-1987). At his death, Mr. Packard, who also served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1972, endowed his Foundation with the assets of most of his estate, thereby making it one of America's largest and wealthiest grantmaking entities. Today Mr. Packard's three daughters are actively involved in overseeing the Foundation's activities: Nancy Packard Burnett is the Chairman; Susan Packard Orr sits on the Board of Trustees; and Julie E. Packard is Vice Chairman.
The Packard Foundation states that its manifold mission is "to improve the lives of children, enable creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth's natural systems." Toward these ends, the Foundation has established three distinct program areas:
(a) The objective of its Population Program is "to slow the rate of growth of the world's population, to expand reproductive health options among the world's poor, and to support reproductive rights." Through this program, the Foundation supports many leftist feminist organizations that share its endorsement of unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
(b) The Packard Foundation also runs a Children, Families, and Communities Program (CFCP) that works to provide children in the U.S. with access to publicly funded pre-school and after-school programs, as well as free (i.e., taxpayer-funded) health insurance. The CFCP contends that free healthcare should be made available for all children whose family incomes are up to three times the poverty level (three times $22,030, or $66,090, for a family of three in 2004.).
(c) The Foundation's Conservation and Science Program (CSP) focuses on protecting and restoring the world's oceans, coasts, and atmosphere. In practice, the CSP funds a wide array of organizations committed to the anti-capitalist agendas of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is "not clean air and clean water, [but] rather . . . the demolition of technological/industrial civilization."
Among the many leftist beneficiaries of Packard Foundation grants are: Alliance for Justice; the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education; the American Civil Liberties Union; the Aspen Institute; the Brookings Institution; the Center for Community Change; the Center for Reproductive Rights; Changemakers; the Children's Defense Fund; Choice USA; the Council on Foundations; Defenders of Wildlife; the Earth Action Network; the Earth Day Network; the Earth Island Institute; the EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund; EcoTrust; the Energy Foundation; the Environmental Defense Fund; Environmental Media Services; the Environmental Working Group; the Feminist Majority Foundation; Friends of the Earth; Global Green USA; Greenpeace; the Institute for Social Justice; the Institute for Women's Policy Research; the Izaak Walton League of America; Human Rights Watch; the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the National Abortion Federation; National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Foundation (NARAL); the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; the National Council of La Raza; the National Immigration Law Center; the National Partnership for Women and Families, Inc.; the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; the National Wildlife Federation; the National Women's Law Center; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Nature Conservancy; the New America Foundation; Nine to Five -- National Association of Working Women; Planned Parenthood; Population Connection (formerly known as Zero Population Growth); the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center; the Trust for Public Land; the Union of Concerned Scientists; the United Nations Foundation; the United Nations Population Fund; the Waterkeeper Alliance; the Wilderness Society; the World Resources Institute; and the World Wildlife Fund.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)