W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation funds programs that align early learning with K-3 school systems and those that address the importance of quality early childhood education.

IP TAKE: This funder does not accept unsolicited grant applications. However, it encourages nonprofits to introduce themselves to staff and briefly discuss their work. 

PROFILE: Established in 1958, the Stone Foundation was founded by author and insurance businessman W. Clement Stone and his wife Jessie Stone. With an asset base of over $100 million, it distributes almost $4 million in grants each year primarily in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The foundation supports education, youth development, and early childhood development.

Stone’s early childhood development program is “committed to improving the health development of children ages 0 to 8.” The foundation funds programs that align early learning with K-3 school systems, address the importance of quality early childhood education (ECE), work to raise public awareness of early childhood development programs, and programs that collaborate with other like-minded groups in the interest of evaluation and replication.

Grants range from $100,000 to $525,000. However, most grants range from $50,000 to $75,000. The foundation appears to prioritize organizations in its home city of Chicago; however, it also supports organizations beyond the city.  To get a broader sense of the types of ECE organizations supported by Stone, check out its early childhood development program's grants listing.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Sara Slaughter, Executive Director
  • Brandon Thorne, Senior Program Officer
  • Brian Dixon, Grants Manager and Program Officer

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