Cole Wilbur is the former president of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position he held from 1976 to 1999. As president of the Foundation, and as a trusted philanthropic advisor to both David and Lucile Packard and their children, Cole guided the Foundation through periods of unprecedented and sustained growth in assets, grantmaking, and staff. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the executive director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation.


Voices from the Field

Susan Packard Orr on the legacy of her parents, David and Lucile Packard

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Cole Wilbur, Susan Packard Orr

Editor’s note: the following is reprinted from Living the Legacy: The Value of a Family’s Philanthropy Across Generations, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy in 1999. In a family foundation there is no question as to the importance of learning from the donors and carrying out their legacy. David and Lucile Packard left our foundation their estate as… Read More
Voices from the Field

Diversity as a Family Affair

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Cole Wilbur

What value can diversity bring to the work of family foundations? First of all, diversity is now more interwoven into the fabric of our society, including our neighborhoods, education, business and media. Integrating diversity into many aspects of a family foundation’s work can result in more compelling grantmaking, particularly in responding effectively to demographic changes that nonprofit organizations face every… Read More