Programs: The foundation maintains the taaffe property in los altos hills. The town of los altos hills has granted a pathway easement across the property and a conservation easement to protect the orchard and riparian areas. The existing residence on the property was remodeled for use by the foundation specifically as a meeting and conference facility. It is appropriately staffed and configured to accommodate meetings and therefore, serves as a conference center for use by staff, grantees, and local community groups. The packard fellowships in science and engineering encourage the nation's most promising young university professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions. Each year, up to 20 fellows are selected, with approximately 120 active fellows at any time. In 2014, 18 fellows received awards. The foundation hopes that these exceptional scientists and engineers will remain within academia to conduct basic research and to teach the next generation of science leaders. Each year, the foundation convenes a national meeting for these exceptional scientists to present the results of their research.
An amazing foundation, a trailblazer in Silicon Valley philanthrophy with huge impact. They've saved huge amounts of California's natural beauty and ecologically sensitive lands from development. They've saved condors and other endangered animals. And they support many worthy community groups. Not sure how they got snookered into funding Working Partnerships though. An inefficient, non-transparent and nakedly political candidate machine that should not qualify for foundation support. Given the amazing amount of good work Packard does, it's understandable how WPUSA fell through the cracks, but hopefully they'll read the recent press coverage and reconsider their bankrolling of WPUSA.