Stuart Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Stuart Foundation supports creativity and arts education, school finance and accountability, educator leadership in California and Washington.

FUNDING AREAS: Creativity and arts education, school finance and accountability, educator leadership

IP TAKE: This foundation has a very targeted approach to grantmaking so anything outside the realm of public education and the foster care system will not likely be considered.

PROFILE: Established in 1985 upon the merger of three family trusts, the Stuart Foundation is the foundation of Elbridge Stuart. Stuart was an industrialist who co-founded the Carnation Company and created Carnation’s evaporated milk. It is a San Francisco-based private foundation that makes grants in both California and Washington to address issues affecting children, youth, families, the foster care system and public schools. Grantmaking priorities are creativity and arts education, school finance and accountability, and educator leadership.

Stuart's strategies are focused on student-centered learning, professional and social capital, and state level alignment. In the past, the foundation has been particularly interested in funding programs for school leadership development and the use of youth and parent-serving organizations. The foundation looks to support organizations that promote student access to the arts, close achievement gaps, fund whole child education, and improve the quality of teachers and principals. Past support has gone to the Teaching Channel in Alameda, the San Francisco Unified School District, and First Place for Youth.

A majority of Stuart grants are between $50,000 and $100,000. View past grants on the funder’s Current Partners page of its website. Grantmaking is largely focused on the Bay Area of California. The funder has commonly awarded grants with terms ranging from six months to two years.

Although this foundation once accepted unsolicited letters of inquiry, it no longer accepts uninvited proposals. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 415-393-1551 or via online form.


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