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A practical guide to outcome-focused philanthropy 

Outcome-focused philanthropy is the Hewlett Foundation’s approach to how we practice strategic philanthropy. It guides how we do our work, from start to finish. We’ve been practicing strategic philanthropy for more than a decade—focusing on what problem or opportunity we’re trying to address, whether we’re achieving our outcomes and why (or why not), and how…

Information supply and demand in cyber policymaking 

Cybersecurity is a huge and growing concern for industry, civil society, and the government officials who must make decisions about new cyber policies to meet evolving threats. How are those policymakers getting the information and analysis they need to make those decisions? The perspectives of industry and government experts are well-represented in those deliberations, but ...

The moral case for evidence in policymaking 

Editor’s note:  On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted “Evidence Day,” as part of Global Innovation Week.  The Hewlett Foundation was one of several sponsors for the event, which drew approximately 1,700 participants from across government, academia, policy research organizations and social enterprises. Following are remarks offered at the closing session by ...

What is creative youth development? 

When you invite young people to the table, be prepared for some serious truth-telling. This is what happened when I attended the creative youth development national stakeholder meeting in Boston this summer. Shoulder to shoulder with teachers of art, the humanities and science, we gathered to craft a policy agenda for a newly-defined field — ...

Hewlett Foundation names Suresh Bhat chief financial officer 

Suresh Bhat, a senior finance executive with more than two decades of experience in academia and Fortune 500 companies, has been named chief financial officer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the foundation announced today. Bhat will start his new role on Nov. 6. Bhat has most recently served as the chief financial officer ...

Can we learn from Yelp in improving public services? Tell us what you think 

TripAdvisor, Yelp and Amazon have made profitable businesses out of crowdsourcing information and opinions, while FixMyStreet, U-Report and Map Kibera have barely made it out of the starting gate in their efforts to channel citizen pressure to improve public services, like health, education, water and sanitation. Are there lessons that private digital review platforms can teach organizations working to increase social good? That’s what we’re ...

Listening to arts advocates in Los Angeles 

Arts for LA is a leading voice for the arts in greater Los Angeles, working to engage individuals and organizations to advocate for access to the arts across all local communities. Its ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program trains both arts education professionals and committed citizens to become more effective advocates for the arts in Los…

Austin is pioneering a mobility revolution 

In Texas, where “Keep Austin Weird” is still a much-celebrated motto, it’s clear the no-growth mentality that marked the city’s culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s got run over. The laid-back Austin of the cult classic “Dazed and Confused” has become the new Austin where creativity thrives in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the…

Althea Anderson and Leticia Corona join Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program 

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced this week that Althea Anderson and Leticia Corona have joined the foundation’s Global Development and Population Program. From an email to grantees and foundation staff that Global Development and Population Program Director Ruth Levine sent about the new team members: I’m writing to let you know that we ...
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