10 Largest Foundations in the World


The David & Lucile Packard Foundation


­In 1964, David Packard, the other half of the Hewlett-Packard team, and his wife, Lucile Salter Packard, established the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. The foundation's mission is "to improve the lives of children, enable the creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth's natural systems." The foundation's endowment is approximately $6.2 billion, and it awarded $224 million in grants in 2006.

To check out more of our top lists, see the links below.



Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen

Related HowStuffWorks Lists


3 Cool Charities Looking for Knitters

3 Cool Charities Looking for Knitters

HowStuffWorks profiles three charities that need knitted items, including the Snuggles Project, Knitted Knockers and Wildlife Victoria.