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Lydia B. Stokes Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

Lydia B. Stokes Foundation

P.O. Box 5777

Burlington, VT United States 05402-5777

Telephone: 8028636370


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $6,629,322

Total giving: $398,618




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

Purpose and Activities

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

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made PRIs to a community development organization to support affordable housing, and for micro business development and community infrastructure in the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwestern regions of the United States.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Family services
  • Human services
  • Natural resources
  • Women's services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $6,629,322 (market value)

Gifts received: $15,369

Expenditures: $519,663

Total giving: $398,618

Qualifying distributions: $414,930