The Stuart Foundation

Name of Foundation: The Stuart Foundation
Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact Phone: (415) 393-1551
Coverage Area: Focus on California and Washington, limited grants available nationwide
Subject Area: Education, Child Welfare
Assets: 463 million (2010)
Last Year Total Giving: 17.8 million (2010)

In a nutshell: Elbridge A. Stuart, founder of the Carnation Company, established the Elbridge Stuart Foundation in 1937. The foundation is dedicated to the protection, education and development of children and youth.

Today, the foundation focuses on education and child welfare issues, paying particular interest to vulnerable populations such as foster youth and the economically disadvantaged.

The foundation looks for programs to fund that have systemic and sustained change opportunities. Specifically, within education, funding includes programs that develop educational leaders (including district, school board and school site) , provide on-going student assessment,  continued learning for educators and innovations in technology.

Child welfare programs address gaps in services for foster youth, reunification services, utilization of multidisciplinary teams within child welfare, youth permanency, mental health issues among foster youth, youth engagement and educational support for foster youth. The Stuart family is still involved in the foundation’s grant making. Eldridge Stuart’s great-grandsons serve on the board.

Major Programs:

Child Welfare

How to Apply: All interested applicants need to submit a letter of inquiry to the foundation. There are no deadlines, and letters are accepted on a rolling basis. The next step is to submit a proposal by invitation only. Please click here for more information on the Stuart Foundation’s grant making.

Recent News and Grant making:
Grants, Early 2013

Stuart Foundation Exec Leaving for Local Grant Maker

California Foundation Looking to Fund Partner on Foster Youth Engagement

National “Education Champion” Project Chooses Third Pilot Site: Santa Cruz, California

Stuart Foundation Announces New Grants, Spring 2014

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