November 4, 2011
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996), co founder of Hewlett-Packard, and his wife, Lucile (1914-1987). At his death, Mr. Packard, who also served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1972, endowed his Foundation with the assets of most of his estate, thereby making it one of America’s largest and wealthiest grantmaking entities. Today Mr. Packard’s three daughters are actively involved in overseeing the Foundation’s activities: Nancy Packard Burnett is the Chairman; Susan Packard Orr sits on the Board of Trustees; and Julie E. Packard is Vice Chairman.
The Packard Foundation states that its manifold mission is “to improve the lives of children, enable creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth’s natural systems.” Toward these ends, the Foundation has established three distinct program areas:
(a) The objective of its Population Program is “to slow the rate of growth of the world’s population, to expand reproductive health options among the world’s poor, and to support reproductive rights.” Through this program, the Foundation supports many leftist feminist organizations that share its endorsement of unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
(b) The Packard Foundation also runs a Children, Families, and Communities Program (CFCP) that works to provide children in the U.S. with access to publicly funded pre-school and after-school programs, as well as free (i.e., taxpayer-funded) health insurance. The CFCP contends that free healthcare should be made available for all children whose family incomes are up to three times the poverty level (three times $22,030, or $66,090, for a family of three in 2004.).
(c) The Foundation’s Conservation and Science Program (CSP) focuses on protecting and restoring the world’s oceans, coasts, and atmosphere. In practice, the CSP funds a wide array of organizations committed to the anti-capitalist agendas of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is “not clean air and clean water, [but] rather . . . the demolition of technological/industrial civilization.”
Among the many leftist beneficiaries of Packard Foundation grants are: the Tides Foundation; the Tides Center; the American Civil Liberties Union; Alliance for Justice; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Changemakers; the Children’s Defense Fund; the Council on Foundations; the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; the Center for Community Change; the Union of Concerned Scientists; the Energy Foundation; the Waterkeeper Alliance; Planned Parenthood; the World Wildlife Fund; the Environmental Defense Fund; the Brookings Institution; the Nature Conservancy; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the National Council of La Raza; the World Resources Institute; the New America Foundation; Environmental Media Services; the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education; the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; the Environmental Working Group; the National Wildlife Federation; the Center for a New American Dream; the Worldwatch Institute; tthe Natural Resources Defense Council; the Earth Island Institute; American Rivers; the Trust for Public Land; the Izaak Walton League of America; the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund; Greenpeace; the Wilderness Society; the Aspen Institute; Global Green USA; the Earth Action Network; Friends of the Earth; the Food Alliance; the EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund; the Womens Intercultural Network; EcoTrust; Ecologic Development Fund; the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy; the Conservation International Foundation; the Center for Population Options; the Earth Day Network; Population Connection (formerly known as Zero Population Growth); the Island Conservation and Ecology Group; the Population Council; the Earthwatch Institute; Defenders of Wildlife; the Center for Policy Alternatives; Sustainable Conservation; Alan Guttmacher Institute; Nine to Five — National Association of Working Women; the National Immigration Law Center; the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; the American Indian College Fund; the Center for Reproductive Rights; the Center for the Study of Social Policy; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; the Center for African Family Studies; the Global Greengrants Fund; Choice USA; Bridging the Gap Foundation; Strategies for the Global Environment; the Funders’ Network for Population; Reproductive Health and Rights, Inc.; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the Global Fund for Women; Wildlife Trust; the Institute for Social Justice; Los Pobres; Medical Students for Choice; the Ms. Foundation for Women; National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Foundation (NARAL); the National Abortion Federation; the National Network of Abortion Funds; the National Partnership for Women and Families, Inc.; he National Women’s Law Center; Human Rights Watch; the Third World Academy of Sciences; the Feminist Majority Foundation; the United Nations Population Fund; the Population Media Center; the United Nations Foundation; the Blue Ocean Institute; the Center for Law and Social Policy; the Women’s Crisis Center; the Women’s Foundation; the Women’s Funding Network; the Women’s Health and Action Research Center; and the World Population Foundation.