The Hewlett Foundation, named for the late William Hewlett and set-up by his wife Flora, provides grants to address the most serious social and environmental problems facing society. The foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, and population. In addition, the foundation has programs that make grants to advance the field of philanthropy, and to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hewlett Foundation one of the nation s largest, with assets of more than $6.5 billion. Over the past few years, the foundation has been able to steadily increase the total amount of its gifts and grants. In 2001, it distributed more than $119,900,000. In 2002, that total increased to more than $195,000.000, and in 2003, the Hewlett Foundation made gifts and grants totaling $254,00,000 to 707 organizations. The foundation's home in Menlo Park, California.