David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a U.S.-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 works with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. It funds work domestically and around the world to build just societies, invest in families and communities, and protect and restore our natural world.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided USD 202.9 million for development in 2021. Compared to 2020, this amount represents an increase of 33.8% in real terms. Grants represented 98.4% of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance, while 1.6% was extended as standard loans and equity investments.

In 2021, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided USD 21.5 million as its COVID-19 response, representing 10.6% of its development finance. Almost all this finance was provided for COVID-19 control and other health-related activities.

In 2021, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided USD 1.9 million to the multilateral system, representing 0.9% of its development finance, all of which was earmarked for specific countries, regions, themes or purposes.

All of this financing was provided to the United Nations system, notably UNDP (USD 1.5 million) and WHO (USD 0.4 million).

See the section on geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2021, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation channelled its contributions mostly through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society (USD 179.4 million) and universities, research institutes or think tanks (USD 13.1 million).

In 2021, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 179.4 million (88.4%) of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance. A share of 36.6% of the foundation’s development finance was allocated to CSOs as core support, while 51.8% was earmarked to specific projects. Over half of this financing was provided to donor country-based CSOs.

In 2021, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance was mostly focused on Asia and Africa. USD 62.7 million was allocated to Asia (excluding the Middle East) and USD 25.6 million to America, accounting respectively for 30.9% and 12.6% of development finance. East Asia alone received USD 45.5 million (22.4%) of the foundation’s development finance. A sum of USD 105.2 million (51.8%) was unspecified by region in 2021, mainly including multi-regional programmes, core support and research grants.

In 2021, 41.7% of development finance went to the top 10 recipients. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s most significant recipients included Indonesia (USD 24.2 million), China (People’s Republic of) (USD 18.6 million) and India (USD 14.8 million). Moreover, 53.7% of development finance was not allocated by country.

Least developed countries (LDCs) received USD 19.7 million (9.7%) of David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance in 2021. Still, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation allocated the highest share of its development finance (21.8%) to lower middle-income countries in 2021, followed by upper middle-income countries (14.8%) in 2021, noting that USD 109 million (53.7%) was unallocated by income group.

Support to fragile contexts reached USD 22 million in 2021, representing 10.8% of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance. Of this, extremely fragile contexts were provided USD 4.5 million.

Learn more about support to fragile contexts on the States of Fragility platform.

In 2021, more than half of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s development finance was allocated to multi-sector. Investments for this area accounted for 55.4% of commitments (USD 112.3 million), almost entirely focused on support to general environment protection (USD 111.6 million). Contributions to social infrastructure and services totalled USD 53.9 million (26.6%), mostly focusing on health and population (USD 49.7 million).

Official website: https://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 Sustainable Development Goal focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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