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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, incorporated as a private foundation in the State of California in 1966, was established by the late Palo Alto industrialist William R. Hewlett, his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett, and their eldest son, Walter B. Hewlett. The Foundation's broad purpose, as stated in the articles of incorporation, is to promote the well-being of mankind by supporting selected activities of a charitable nature, as well as organizations or institutions engaged in such activities.

The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in the areas of conflict resolution, education, environment, family and community development, performing arts, population, and U.S.-Latin American relations. Although the Hewlett Foundation is an international foundation, with no geographic limit stipulated in its charter, a proportion of disbursable fund has been earmarked for projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Foundation has a strong commitment to the voluntary, nonprofit sector. It therefore assists efforts to improve the financial base and efficiency of organizations and institutions in this category.

In its grantmaking decisions as well as in its interests and activities, the Hewlett Foundation is wholly independent of the Hewlett-Packard Company and the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation.

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