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Lydia B. Stokes Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for women's issues, the environment, children, education, peace, and social and economic justice.


Established in 1959 in NJ - Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lydia Stokes was the granddaughter of Charles Pratt, founder of the Pratt Institute, and a tireless worker himself for the betterment of working class men and women, and his community. After graduating from Vassar College, Lydia married S. Emlen Stokes, a fifth generation Quaker physician in Moorestown, New Jersey. In this small Quaker town, she became active in many ways, including helping to establish the Visiting Nurse Association and working for home health care. Later in life, she became active in the World Council of Churches and Church Women United. After years as an individual philanthropist, Lydia founded the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation in 1959, which she ran until her death in 1988


Lydia B. Stokes Foundation

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PO Box 38 Vergennes, VT United States 05491

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