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A practical guide to outcome-focused philanthropy 

Outcome-focused philanthropy is the Hewlett Foundation’s approach to how we practice strategic philanthropy. It guides how we do our work, from start to finish. We’ve been practicing strategic philanthropy for more than a decade—focusing on what problem or opportunity we’re trying to address, whether we’re achieving our outcomes and why (or why not), and how…

From promise to progress: Takeaways from Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary symposium 

How is the social sector adapting to solve the world’s most pressing problems? That’s the theme of a two-day symposium the Hewlett Foundation hosted at Stanford University recently to mark our 50th anniversary. Over 300 philanthropy professionals and nonprofit leaders from large and small organizations gathered to discuss the history and future of philanthropy, how to work ...

New Bears Ears Community Engagement Fund to Support Cultural Resource Protection and Community Partnerships 

Menlo Park, Calif. ― Recognizing the world-class cultural and natural resources of the newly established Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, a group of philanthropic foundations are committing $1.5 million to strengthen collaborative management of the area and ensure inclusion of local community voices. President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument on December 28, 2016 to safeguard one of ...

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions 

In celebration of the Hewlett Foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, we are pleased to announce a new five- year, $8 million commissioning initiative that will be one of the largest of its kind in the United States: the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions. The initiative will support the creation of 50 exceptional works of performing arts and their ...

How to apply for a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission 

Nonprofit organizations based in the eleven-county Bay Area are invited to submit a short letter of inquiry as a first step in being considered for an award. Letters of inquiry are due by April 14. To submit a letter of inquiry: 1. Ensure your project meets our eligibility guidelines The lead applicant must have 501c3 ...
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