David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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 David and Lucile Packard 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 provided USD 145.1 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents an increase of 20% in real terms.

In 2020, the Packard Foundation provided USD 8.5 million of its total contributions for the COVID-19 response, representing 6% of its total gross bilateral development finance. Furthermore, 4% of total gross development finance was provided as health expenditure within the COVID-19 response.

In 2020, the Packard Foundation channelled its grants mostly through non-governmental organisations and universities, research institutes and think tanks. No finance was extended to the multilateral system.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions and technical assistance such as capacity building, organisational effectiveness and research grants, while 40% was extended as core support.

In 2020, the Packard Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on Asia (USD 37.3 million) and Africa (USD 21.4 million), accounting respectively for 26% and 15% of gross bilateral contributions. Fifty-three per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2020, mainly including multi-regional programmes and core support.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Packard Foundation’s grants included Indonesia, Ethiopia and India.

Least developed countries received USD 22.6 million (16%) of the Packard Foundation’s gross disbursements in 2020. Still, the Packard Foundation allocated the highest share of its development finance (26%) to middle-income countries in 2020, noting that 59% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 29% of the Packard Foundation’s contributions were allocated to social infrastructure and services, 14% to production sectors, and 51% to multi-sector and cross-cutting issues such as general environmental protection. In terms of sectors, the Packard Foundation’s largest allocations went to general environmental protection, health and population policies as well as agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Official website: www.packard.org

The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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