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

OVERVIEW: The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation supports education, youth development and early childhood development. Its early childhood program focuses on innovative educational programs and policies that benefit young children and their families.

IP TAKE: The Stone Foundation supports well-established organizations in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area. This funder does not accept unsolicited grant applications, but general inquiries may be made via email.

PROFILE: Established in 1958, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation was founded by author and insurance businessman W. Clement Stone and his wife, Jessie Stone. Based in Chicago, the foundation maintains an asset base of over $100 million and distributes almost $4 million in grants each year. It's main funding initiatives are 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 innovative educational programs and initiatives and policies that benefit young children and their families. Past grantees include the Ounce of Prevention Fund, which established the Educare network of high quality preschools, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which has organized a nation-wide effort "to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation."

The Stone Foundation works predominately in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Grants range from $50,000 to $125,000 and generally support large, well-established organizations. The foundation provides a list of past grantees on its website.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. General inquiries may be made via email.

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