copy the linklink copied!David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a US-based family foundation established in 1964 and guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies.

The foundation invests in effective organisations and leaders, collaborates with them to identify strategic solutions, and supports them over time to reach their common goals. It funds work domestically and around the world on the issues its founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the Earth’s natural systems.

The Packard Foundation has been sharing its commitment data with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018. For charts and trends using disbursement data, commitments are used as a proxy for disbursements.

copy the linklink copied!Private development finance

In 2017, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided USD 118.6 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. However, 0.3% of the total was implemented by multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 98.6 million (83.1%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 14.8 million (12.5%) to/through universities, colleges or other teaching institutions, research institutes or think tanks. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s financing was primarily focused on Asia and Africa. USD 20.5 million (17.2%) was allocated to Far East Asia, USD 14.8 million (12.5%) to south of Sahara Africa, and USD 12.7 million (10.7%) to South and Central Asia.

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In 2017, 42.4% of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s activities was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 15.3 million in 2017 (12.9%).

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In 2017, 11.7% of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s funding (USD 13.8 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs). Lower middle-income countries received the highest share in 2017 (20.0%), followed by upper middle-income countries (12.8%), noting that 54.2% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 38.4% of the foundation’s activities was allocated to general environmental protection (in multi-sector/cross-cutting sectors), for a total of USD 45.6 million, and 24.5% (USD 29.1 million) to production sectors, and agriculture in particular. An additional USD 22.7 million (19.1%) was allocated to social infrastructure and services, predominantly to health and population policies.

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USD 22.9 million of the foundation’s activities supported gender equality. In 2017, 21% of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s sector-allocable financing had gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal or significant objective. Support to population and reproductive health, water and sanitation, and government and civil society also focused on gender equality.

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USD 86.4 million of the foundation’s activities supported the environment. In 2017, 79.3% of its sector-allocable aid supported the environment, USD 45.1 million of which had climate change mitigation and/or adaptation as a principal or significant objective.

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copy the linklink copied!Additional resources

David and Lucile Packard Foundation: https://www.packard.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

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