Strategic Assessment and Grant Review: Hewlett’s Three-Year California Drought Initiative

Oct 01, 2017 | by
  • Description

In 2015, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation launched a 3-year, $6-million California Drought Initiative to help ensure that local communities and natural systems both have adequate and sustainable water supplies. This Board-approved action was a response to 1) approval of a $7.5-billion water bond in California, 2) landmark state legislation to create a groundwater management system and 3) a gripping 5-year drought that ended early in 2017. Now in its final year, Hewlett seeks to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of its California Drought Initiative and understand lessons learned that are important for future Californiaspecific and/or other investments associated with the Foundation's broader Western Conservation portfolio.