The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that it will boost its annual grantmaking by up to $22 million in 2017.
In a letter posted on the foundation's website, Packard Foundation president Carol S. Larson notes that "scientific research is being defunded and scientific knowledge discounted; commitments to halt dangerous climate change and increase the productivity of our oceans are being abandoned; and the fundamental right to quality health care is being undermined. These changes affect us all, and they have a disproportionate impact on the poor and the marginalized."
"In the face of these realities," Larson adds, "we recognize the need to deepen our commitment to our longstanding areas of focus" — which include the climate, the environment, science and engineering, education, and reproductive health. To that end, the foundation will increase its grants budget to provide funds where most needed and has already awarded more than $10 million in additional funds to grantees working in the areas of science, litigation, advocacy, communications, and building organizational capacity.
"These are challenging times, to say the least," writes Larson, "but the Packard Foundation wants its grantees and other important partners to understand how deeply committed we are to working together to achieve our shared goals."