Hewlett-Packard founder David Packard plans to bequeath his $2 billion fortune to the foundation created by him and his late wife, making the charity one of the nation's 10 wealthiest, its director said.

The Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard foundation, now valued at $145 million, would rank with others such as the Ford Foundation, valued at $4.7 billion, executive director Cole Wilbur said Thursday.The foundation was created by the Packards in 1964 to finance education and health projects throughout the world.

"His feeling is that there is a lot of important concerns in research and education, and he'd like to help develop them and to help really make a difference in this community and the world," said Wilbur.