William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Location: 2121 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, 94025 CA

EIN: 94-1655673

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Top descriptors for this funder

6Positive leader in the field5Builds relationships5Insightful4"Gets" nonprofits and issues4Gives more than money4Responsive4Worth the time to pitch3Culturally sensitive3Friendly2Likes site visits2Openminded2Risk taker

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William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Aug 29, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Build relationships with Hewlett staff, especially program staff as their contracts with the foundation dictate that they must leave after 7-8 years. For that reason, get to know the administrative staff as well because they hold a lot of organizational memory.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships

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Aug 29, 2017

Reviewer 718 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

They are a progressive funder and their Program Officers are thoughtful, helpful, and trusting.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Get ready for a big dose of rude and condescending. You'll have to play this one right to get the grant. The team is beyond arrogant and immune to curiosity. I was a grant maker at a major national foundation doing more annually than Hewlett in total and tried very hard not to abuse my position. But the Hewlett team spoke constantly about being "laser focused," which it defined as being "we want results that confirm our own attitudes." The foundation's addiction to meandering thought and ridiculous maps of ecosystems and models of democratic renewal that were barely explainable, let alone accurate. No anticipation of what's been happening whatsoever. I'm actually disgusted to tell colleagues that I have funding from Hewlett.

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Aug 17, 2017

Reviewer 985 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

There are very smart people working at this organization who are willing to help. Their channels of communication are open--don't be afraid to ask what you want to know, and be open about the challenges your organization faces.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Jul 20, 2017

Reviewer 379 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They are very thorough and expect you to be as well. Really take the time to thoughtfully craft your goals and anticipated outcomes and be realistic in stating them, because they are carefully compared from year to year (typically multi-year grants).

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jul 20, 2017

Reviewer 904 - Professional in the field

They like to have some bak-and-forth communication, which could take longer than you'd like, but if you're patient, it can improve your chances of getting what you need.

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Gives more than money, Insightful, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Jun 23, 2017

Reviewer 936 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Be clear on your specific outcomes as it relates to your mission. Seek guidance and feedback (and take it).

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Jan 24, 2017

Reviewer 624 - Partner or work closely with this funder

After my program officer left, no one would answer my emails or phone calls for months.

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Difficult to work with

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