The Hewlett Foundation

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a progressive private foundation incorporated by one of the Hewlett-Packard electronics company co-founders in Menlo Park, California on December 15, 1966. With its 2014 assets of $8.6 billion, Hewlett is the fourth-wealthiest grant maker in the United States. It is also one of the major partners of the pass-through Energy Foundation and one of America’s ten largest donors to anti-technology causes.

 

Money

2013 Financials

Tax status: Hewlett Foundation, 501(c)(3) private foundation that generates income by investing its initial endowment and disburses portions of its investment income each year as grants to selected recipients. It can also accept contributions from family, friends and other foundations.

  • Hewlett total assets $8,607,073,096
  • Hewlett total revenue $283,160,186
  • Hewlett investment income $119,913,586.
  • Hewlett capital gain income $216,122,964
  • Hewlett grants given $240,149,631
  • Hewlett officers’ compensation $4,790,639.

Source: IRS Form 990

Power

Paid Congressional Junkets

11 Trips selected, total cost $78,351.

Approved by Republicans 6 trips cost $39,438.

Approved by Democrats 5 trips cost $38,913.

  • Peter Roskam, (R-IL) traveled to Accra, Ghana – Monrovia, Liberia to Attended Wilson Center on the Hill’s “Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity’s 2011 Congressional Study Trip to Ghana and Liberia;” participated in briefings on economic, political and cultural issues; toured various sites, March 19-27 at a cost of $14,046.00 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Bobby Rush, (D-IL) traveled to Accra, Ghana – Monrovia, Liberia, same as above, at a cost of $13,646.00 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Jim Sensenbrenner, (R-WI) traveled to Accra, Ghana – Monrovia, Liberia, same as above, at a cost of $7,623.00 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Adrian Smith, (R-NE) traveled to Accra, Ghana – Monrovia, Liberia, same as above, at a cost of $7,423.00 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Eduardo N. Lerma, Jr., staffer of Rep. Loretta Sanchez, (D-CA) traveled to Zacatecas, Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico on a Site visit to give senior congressional staff an opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of Mexico, the Mexican economy and the U.S.-Mexico relationship, May 30-June 30, 2010, at a cost of $2,642.39 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Ron Kind, (D-WI) traveled to Rome, Italy – Geneva, Switzerland To meet with the officials of the World Trade Organization and U.S. and other country ambassadors to the WTO in order to assess the current status and prospects for the Doha Round of trade negotiations; and to examine issues related to trade, on November 26-December 02, 2006, at a cost of $12,145.42 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Devin Nunes, (R-CA), same as above, at a cost of $6,085.77 paid by the Hewlett Foundation
  • Jim Kolbe, (R-AZ) traveled to Geneva, Switzerland To attend meetings with World Trade Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Health Organization and nongovernmental officials, at a cost of $3,260.23 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Dennis Cardoza, (D-CA)n traveled to Rome, Italy – Geneva, Switzerland
    1.) To meet with officials of the World Trade Organization and U.S. and other country ambassadors to the WTO in order to assess the current status and prospects for the Doha round of trade negotiations; and 2.) examine issues related to trade and the global economy, November 24 – December 02, 2006, at a cost of $6,520.26 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Jim Costa, (D-CA), same as above, at a cost of $3,959.69 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA) staffer Dean Alexis Zerbe traveled to Menlo Park, CA to
    Meet with the foundation and other interested parties on land conservation matters, October 1 – November 1, 2005, at a cost of $1,000.00 paid by the Hewlett Foundation.

Source: Legistorm

Network Interactions

See the Hewlett Foundation Muckety Map for an interactive view of the foundation’s vast social network.

Money In – Grants received by Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation has received 33 grants from 15 foundations totaling $47,148,737 between 1999 and 2015. Each link takes you to the Muckety Map of the Energy Foundation consortium including the Hewlett Foundation and the entire vast social network.

  1. BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION $43,000,000
  2. TOSA FOUNDATION $1,754,411
  3. HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION $600,000
  4. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY $400,000
  5. HUMBOLDT AREA FOUNDATION $390,000
  6. TIDES FOUNDATION $230,959
  7. SPANISH-SPEAKING UNITY COUNCIL OF ALAMEDA COUNTY INC $220,000
  8. EL PASO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION $200,000
  9. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SONOMA COUNTY $120,000
  10. THE SKOLL FUND $90,000
  11. CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE $75,000
  12. CSULA AUXILIARY SERVICES INC $25,367
  13. SURDNA FOUNDATION INC $25,000
  14. JOHN ARRILLAGA FOUNDATION $10,000
  15. THE DAVID & ANITA KELLER FOUNDATION $8,000

Source: IRS Forms 990 and the Foundation Search databank

Money Out – Grants given by Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation has paid 13,252 grants to 3,562 recipients totaling $3,970,782,683 between 2000 and 2015. The top 25 recipients:

  1. CLIMATEWORKS FOUNDATION $301,682,702
  2. ENERGY FOUNDATION $147,248,172
  3. TROUT UNLIMITED $33,592,500
  4. PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS $27,858,000
  5. TIDES FOUNDATION $24,178,370
  6. TIDES CANADA FOUNDATION $14,054,864
  7. OXFAM AMERICA $10,385,400
  8. POPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL $9,587,690
  9. UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION $9,271,225
  10. NATURE CONSERVANCY $8,502,685
  11. AMERICAN RIVERS $7,980,000
  12. PARTNERSHIP PROJECT $7,900,000
  13. WILDERNESS SOCIETY $7,117,000
  14. TIDES CENTER $6,505,278
  15. SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION $4,420,000
  16. GRAND CANYON TRUST $4,395,000
  17. ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP $3,550,035
  18. CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS $2,957,000
  19. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND $2,620,000
  20. ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION $2,590,000
  21. BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION $2,350,000
  22. NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION $1,850,000
  23. NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION $1,575,000
  24. TROUT UNLIMITED – NATIONAL OFFICE $1,372,500
  25. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST $1,250,000

Source: IRS Forms 990 and the Foundation Search databank

Background & History

According to the foundation’s official website, Hewlett-Packard co-founder William Redington Hewlett established the Hewlett Foundation in 1966 with his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett, and their eldest son, Walter B. Hewlett. “Indeed, Bill and Flora believed in charitable giving all their lives. In addition to a lifetime of personal philanthropy, in 1966, the Hewletts committed the vast amount of their wealth to their newly-created foundation. The founding board members were William, Flora, and son Walter, who was twenty one at the time. For the first ten years, the Foundation, then known as the William R. Hewlett Foundation, made approximately $15.3 million in grants.”

The structure of the Foundation’s programs -Environmental Policy, Global Development and Population Control, Education Policy and Performing Arts in San Francisco – took shape early on. The foundation retains these five major focuses today.

In 2001, the Hewlett Foundation joined the consortium behind the Energy Foundation as a partner and became an advocate and funder of progressive activism. Engineering expert Hal Harvey was Hewlett’s Environment Program Director from January 2002 through January 2008 after founding and serving as president of the Energy Foundation from 1991 to 2002. Harvey went on to found and serve as CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation from 2008 to 2011, and has held other influential roles in the environmental movement.

The Hewlett Foundation strictly limits its giving to trusted recipients with proven success in forwarding its social change and political influence agenda. The Hewlett program areas are restricted to influencing “Environmental Policy, Global Development and Population Control, Education Policy and Performing Arts in San Francisco.” Hewlett is one of the most prescriptive grant makers among far left foundations that demand specific performance for their money. Hewlett warns against unsolicited grant seeking requests in blunt terms:

“Almost all grants are awarded to organizations identified by the Foundation. The Foundation does accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry from organizations looking for funding in limited areas. Only on very rare occasions are grants awarded in response to these unsolicited funding inquiries.”

Foundation Directors

Controversies

Rhea Sun Suh’s Formative Employment

Hewlett is known for employing devoted and effective staff members with promising futures as leaders in the foundation’s leftward pressure on American society. Harvard master’s degree holder Rhea Sun Suh, was hired by Hewlett in 1998. In 2005, Suh became Hewlett’s program manager, directing millions of Hewlett dollars to green groups nationwide for projects to stop oil and gas production. Her job included coordinating with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), an exclusive collaborative organization of over 200 foundations that give money to environmental causes, putting her in regular contact with many of the richest people in America.

A California electricity crisis in 2000 had sparked Suh’s hostility to the energy industry, which grew to ferocious enmity, noted in the Foundation’s newsletter in 2007. She wrote, “natural gas development is easily the single greatest threat to the ecological integrity of the West.”

In 2009, the Obama Administration appointed Suh to a position as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget in the Department of the Interior. By 2013, she had become well-known enough within the administration to become its chosen nominee as the Interior Department’s powerful Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

Suh’s appointment was, ultimately, thwarted during confirmation hearings. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso read Suh’s 2007 quote into the Congressional record and displayed the quote on a large placard during her testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Barasso had gotten the quote from a Washington Examiner article by Ron Arnold, which, with deep research into foundation influence, uncovered the details of Suh’s anti-energy career and her loyal membership in the Environmental Grantmakers Association – a group of more than 200 Big Green foundations dedicated to stopping development of America’s abundant natural resources.

“If confirmed,” Sen. Barrasso continued, “it will allow you to essentially stop natural gas production. And even after you joined the Interior Department, you stated to the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s 25th anniversary, ‘I look forward to working with you, my colleagues, mentors and friends, to utilize the skills and talents of the EGA community to advance a more resilient world and a resilient movement.’ So I question whether this is really the right position for you, given your deeply held views.”

President Obama withdrew Suh’s nomination, but Hewlett and its long history of campaigning with activist groups against the energy industry helped her land a leadership position. In 2014 Suh was selected as president of the wealthy and powerful Natural Resources Defense Council, the activist group most deeply infiltrated into federal advisory committees.

Wikipedia Got $1.3 Million From Hewlett That Reinforced its Sharp Turn to the Political Left

In 2010, the Hewlett Foundation granted $1.3 million to Wikimedia Foundation, the fundraiser and manager of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. The “General Operating Support” grant was a blank check to encourage years of left-wing Wikipedia editing and administration to concentrate on sabotaging libertarian and conservative entries. This grant encouraged the corruption of the Wikimedia Foundation’s motto, “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.” In controversial entries, that commitment is not being lived up to and is misleading donors about the nature of their product.

The Foundation, which is the funding source and manager of the Wikipedia, freely allows leftist editors to hijack the Wikipedia profiles of libertarian and conservative organizations with libelous statements and to censor any libertarian or conservative views on controversial issues such as climate change and education. The Foundation’s executive director Lila Tretikov and board members are doing nothing to check hostile Wikipedia editors who engage in editing wars between free-speech and ideology-only editors.