Where Charity Begins

Those fearless tech leaders are getting less timid

Dave Packard and his friend and partner Bill Hewlett established a standard for philanthropy in Silicon Valley that was truly inspiring. They were not self-aggrandizing givers. They gave hundreds of millions of dollars to Stanford University, for example, but the first building to bear the late Packard's name didn't appear until 1999, after his death. Most important, they never shirked their role as leaders, advocates of community service who set an example by deed and endorsement of all kinds of projects they thought would make the community, and the world, stronger.

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