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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's education program will shift much of its focus from higher education to K-12, the foundation's recent annual report says.

Some parts of the foundation's former children, youth, and families program--including school-linked services and school-to-work transition--will be merged into the education program.

Based in Menlo Park, Calif., the foundation was incorporated in 1966 by Mr. Hewlett, one of the founders of the Hewlett-Packard Company, and his late wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett.

With an endowment of approximately $774 million, the foundation awarded $34.4 million in grants last year. In general, its K-12 grantmaking is limited to California programs.

For information, call or write the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 525 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025-3495; (415) 329-1070.

Early-childhood education and development will become the primary focus of another California grantmaker, the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund.

The fund plans to support the development of a strong early-childhood program in the San Francisco public schools and area early-childhood centers serving low-income families.
In its 1993 annual report, the San Francisco-based fund says it will support local, state, and national efforts to inform the public and policymakers "about issues which serve to advance the well-being of children, their families, and their care-givers.''

The fund was incorporated in 1982. It has an endowment of $146 million and awarded $4.5 million in grants last year.

More information is available from the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund, 201 Filbert St., Fifth Floor, San Francisco, Calif. 94133; (415) 296-9249.

In a recent study of 19 major corporate givers, the Atlantic Richfield Company and the Amoco and Exxon corporations were the top grantmakers to support minority-group populations, according to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group.

ARCO ranked the highest, giving 48 percent of its grant dollars--$4.7 million--to minority-group programs in 1988, the grantmaking year analyzed in the report. Amoco gave $4.1 million, and Exxon gave $4 million.

Copies of the report, the first in a seven-part series on this topic, are available for $50 each prepaid from the N.C.R.P., 2001 S St., N.W, #620, Washington, D.C. 20009; (202) 387-9177.

Vol. 13, Issue 40, Page 10

Published in Print: August 3, 1994, as Philanthropy Column
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