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Willam and Flora Hewlett Foundation


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. The foundation was established in 1966 by engineer and entrepreneur William R. Hewlett and his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett, with their eldest son, Walter Hewlett.

Today, it is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the United States, awarding roughly $400 million in grants in 2016 to organizations across the globe to help people build better lives. They have long-standing programs that focus on education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and effective philanthropy, as well as support for disadvantaged communities.

For 50 years, they have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is one of the largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries.

MacArthur’s work is aligned with the objectives laid out by key global policy frameworks, including those of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative, the UN Special Envoy on Global Education, and the Global Partnership for Education. The Foundation’s work responds to a particular challenge expressed by governments in countries where they work: high youth populations, dynamic labor markets, and youth leaving secondary school without acquiring relevant livelihood skills needed for success in formal and non-formal labor markets.