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In a polarized era, efforts to boost bipartisanship in Congress 

Dysfunctional. Hyper-partisan. Unproductive. Those are among the words now most commonly used to describe Congress. What was once considered a revered branch of the federal government has become a place of enormous bitterness and friction. Public approval of Congress now hovers just above 10 percent, a huge drop from nearly 50 percent less than 20…

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 ...

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions FAQ 

The Hewlett Foundation will host an introductory webinar about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions on Thursday, January 26, at 10am. This introductory webinar will provide information about eligibility requirements and selection criteria, and give prospective applicants time to ask questions about the application process. Staff at Bay Area nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about ...

Veteran Diplomat and Climate Expert Jonathan Pershing Joins William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as Director of Environment Program 

Menlo Park, Calif. ― Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will join the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as director of its Environment Program on January 17, 2017. In his role as Special Envoy, Pershing directed international climate policy ...
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