Stoneleigh Supports Individuals, Not Organizations
Unlike most philanthropic foundations, Stoneleigh exclusively supports individual leaders, not entire nonprofit organizations. The foundation provides fellowships between $80,000 and $130,000 per year to individuals, most of which are working for academic institutions or City of Philadelphia government agencies. However, candidates for fellowships must identify a 501(c)3 partner organization, a contact person at the organization, and the ways in which the organization will support the fellow and the project (Read Stoneleigh Foundation: Philadelphia Grants).
Stoneleigh is All About Vulnerable Children and Youths
Stoneleigh has three program areas, and they all involve vulnerable and at-risk children and youths. The programs are child welfare, juvenile justice, and youth violence prevention. Although the foundation will consider fellow working at the national level, it prefers fellows with a more local impact in Philadelphia.
Stoneleigh looks for fellows working to prevent children from out-of-home care when possible and bridge gaps between child welfare, education, and healthy improvement systems. Stoneleigh’s juvenile justice focus is in preventing and reducing justice involvement of youth. And to reduce violent crime involving children and youths, Stoneleigh has favored individuals working with young black males and Iraq war veterans in Philadelphia.
Stoneleigh partners with City of Philadelphia Government Agencies
Although Stoneleigh is not open to funding applications from nonprofit organizations, it does partner with government agencies and leaders working for the City of Philadelphia. “Public Policy Fellows” is a subset of the Stoneleigh Fellowship program. One recently selected fellow, Richard Greenwald, has partnered with the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia and is working on a multi-system youth violence prevention strategy for the city.
Stoneleigh Has a New Executive Director
Since the foundation was established in 2006, there have been three executive directors calling the shots. Most recently, Stoneleigh hired Ronnie Bloom to lead the foundation, following a 13-year stint as program director at the William Penn Foundation. Before her predecessor, Cathy Weiss, resigned, Cathy described foundation priorities as young black males, at-risk young girls, head start programs, and violence prevention throughout Philadelphia. Bloom has only been in office a couple months, so we’ll be interested to see what direction she takes through the rest of 2014.