William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Introduction

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a US-based private foundation established in 1966, whose approach flows directly from the ethos and values of its founders William R. Hewlett and Flora Lamson Hewlett and their family. The foundation provides grants to a broad range of institutions – from research institutes and multilateral actors to grassroots organisations working on development.

The foundation’s programmes focus on domestic and international issues. Programmes with an international scope include: Global Development and Population, Education, Environment, Cyber and Effective Philanthropy.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been sharing both commitment and disbursement data with the OECD since 2018.

Private development finance

In 2017, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided USD 185.2 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. However, 2.3% of the total was implemented by multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 126.4 million (68.3%) of the foundation’s financing was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 44.7 million (24.1%) 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 activities were primarily focused on Africa and Asia. USD 36.4 million (19.7%) was allocated to south of Sahara Africa, USD 19.4 million (10.5%) to Far East Asia, and USD 13.5 million (7.3%) to South and Central Asia.

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In 2017, 27.3% of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s activities was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 13.5 million in 2017 (7.3%).

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In 2017, 7.4% of William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s funding (USD 13.7 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs). Upper middle-income countries received the highest share of the foundation’s funding in 2017 (14.2%), noting that 69.7% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 48.7% of the foundation’s financing was allocated to social infrastructure and services, for a total of USD 88.9 million, with a strong focus on government and civil society and health and population policies. Further, 18.1% (USD 33.0 million) was allocated to economic infrastructure and services, particularly the energy and transport sectors.

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USD 42.7 million of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s total funding targeted gender equality. Moreover, its activities in support of population and reproductive health and other social infrastructure and services had a strong focus on gender equality.

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Note: The gender focus of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s grant making was estimated based on sectoral allocation and activity descriptions.

USD 57.8 million of the foundation’s activities supported the environment. In 2017, 38.8% of its sector-allocable financing supported the environment, USD 55.2 million of which had climate change mitigation and/or adaptation as a principal or significant objective.

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Additional resources

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: hewlett.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

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation