What We Fund
The Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo supports agencies, projects and programs that improve the lives of people in Pueblo.
While this fund is responsive to community needs, the Advisory Board prioritizes requests that support issues that David and Lucile Packard cared about most — children, youth and families; the environment; and reproductive health.
We look for evidence of partnership among and between the agencies we fund and seek to support networks of effective collaborations whenever possible. We tailor the kind of support most useful to each grantee, providing primarily program and operational support.
Preference is also given to organizations located in and directly serving the Pueblo community.
The Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo is guided by an Advisory Board comprising Pueblo residents. These members support the development and implementation of the Fund’s values, guiding principles, goals, and strategic grantmaking priorities.
Advisory Board members are selected by Foundation staff through an open application process and serve for a three-year term.
All Advisory Board vacancies will be advertised via the Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo Newsletter.
There are currently no openings on the Advisory Board.
History of the Fund
Pueblo, Colo., is the birthplace of David Packard and where he spent a significant portion of his childhood. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation began funding agencies and projects to benefit Pueblo residents in 1972.
For nearly five decades, the Packard Foundation funded a wide range of agencies, projects, and programs that enhance the lives of Pueblo’s children and families. While funding was not limited to specific priorities, the Foundation funded work that complemented or supported the issues David and Lucile Packard cared most about – the environment, children and family support, and access to reproductive health.
Today, the Packard Foundation no longer carries out direct grantmaking in Pueblo. In April 2019, the Packard Foundation together with Caring for Colorado, launched the new Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo, an endowment established with a $20 million one-time grant to Caring for Colorado’s Centennial Fund.
This fund was created to ensure the needs and priorities of the Pueblo community were carried out by the people closest to the issues. Named after David Packard’s parents, the fund is now managed entirely by Coloradans through Caring for Colorado.