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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…

Philanthropic Community Applauds Montreal Protocol Amendment to Phase Out Potent Greenhouse Gas, Prepares to Distribute $53 Million for Energy Efficiency in Cooling 

Kigali, Rwanda—Philanthropic fund of $53 million will help fast-start developing countries expand energy efficiency while phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as coolants, doubling the climate benefit. A group of philanthropic donors applauds an historic amendment to the Montreal Protocol, under which the nations of the world agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a climate-harming greenhouse gas. ...

New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms 

Teens are often cautioned about what they post online because their digital profile will follow them well beyond their youth. Students at Del Lago Academy, a public high school in Escondido, Calif., are counting on it. Their teachers are embracing an innovative approach to assessment using digital badges. Similar to scout merit badges, these online…

Bears Ears, a land of culture and mystery 

In southeast Utah, five sovereign Native American nations have come together as the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition to ask President Obama to protect 1.9 million acres of public land as the new Bears Ears National Monument. Their proposal is unique — it’s the first time tribes have petitioned a U.S. president to preserve their ancestral…

Seven California foundations to fund effort to build trust between law enforcement, communities of color 

In response to incidents of violence between police and communities of color across the country, seven California foundations are committing more than $1.3 million to an initiative that aims to improve public safety by building trust between law enforcement and communities of color. Participants in the funding effort include The California Endowment, The California Wellness…

Video: Making women’s work visible 

Photography is a powerful medium for telling stories — but not all stories are equally visible. That’s why the Hewlett Foundation, Getty Images Reportage and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WEIGO) partnered to create a collection of high-quality photographs to show the ways that women around the world work, often in informal and…

Q&A with Lori Grange: Are organizational effectiveness grants … effective? 

The Hewlett Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program, created in 2004, seeks to help the foundation’s grantees be high-performing organizations, making their work – and ours – more likely to succeed. OE provides small grants to build grantees’ internal capacity in areas like strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and communications. In 2014, the foundation commissioned Social ...

The biggest climate moment since the Paris accord 

UPDATE: On October 12, parties to the Montreal Protocol reached an agreement to phase out use of climate-changing hydrofluorocarbons. “This is a historic moment in the fight to mitigate global warming, as well as a unique opportunity to improve quality of life in developing nations,” said Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which ...

Philanthropic Community Answers Call from Developing Nations to Create Fund to Help Expand Energy Efficiency Programs 

New York, NY — A group of philanthropic donors today announced a new fund to help expand energy efficiency efforts in developing countries. The new fund will help support government-funded work expected as the result of a Montreal Protocol amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potentially doubling climate benefits compared to only reducing HFCs. Studies ...

Education Program grantmaking 

The Education Program does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry. Our approach We support organizations that develop and advocate for innovative ideas, practices, and tools, as well as those that participate in the public policy debate on the issues of deeper learning and open educational resources. We view our education grantmaking through an equity lens ...
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