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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…

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 ...

Fossil fuel subsidies: Can transparency promote reforms? 

Fossil fuel subsidies are “the world’s dumbest policy,” argued the editorial board of Bloomberg Media last September. They persist, despite relatively low oil prices. And while fuel subsidies can take many forms, there is overwhelming consensus among researchers that the estimated $5.3 trillion in fuel subsidies worldwide each year is bad for people and the planet. Although many governments acknowledge these facts and seem ...

Building a thriving arts business coalition in Fresno County 

If you’re applying for a job at Bitwise Industries, one of Fresno’s hottest new tech companies and a key player in the city’s redeveloping downtown, don’t forget to put your artistic background on your resume. Painter? Singer? Actor? Dancer? Writer? Be sure to include that experience. It might push you over the top. That’s how…

Q&A with Jonathan Pershing: Can the U.S. still be a climate leader? 

Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Hewlett Foundation as environment program director in January. Five months into the job, we sat down with him to discuss the impact of U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, climate…

Decoding deeper learning in the classroom 

In May 2017, the Hewlett Foundation published a guide about deeper learning for the Education Writers Association conference. It’s intended to help reporters and parents and anyone else who is trying to understand what 21st century learning looks like, and whether it’s working. If you’ve ever walked into a classroom where the noise levels are…

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 ...
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