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Stuart Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-04-15

At A Glance

Stuart Foundation

(also known as Elbridge Stuart Foundation)

500 Washington St., 8th Fl.

San Francisco, CA United States 94111-4735

Telephone: (415) 393-1551


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $521,851,518

Total giving: $19,089,764






Elbridge Stuart Foundation created in 1937 in CA, Elbridge and Mary Stuart Foundation in 1941 in CA, and Mary Horner Stuart Foundation in 1941 in WA; in 1995 and 1996, the two smaller foundations were merged into the Elbridge Stuart Foundation, DBA Stuart Foundation - Founded in the name of the late E.A. Stuart, who was an industrialist who co-founded the Carnation Company (acquired by Nestle), creator of Carnation evaporated milk.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to supporting the education and development of children and youth in California and Washington with a goal of them becoming become self-sustaining, responsible, and contributing members of their communities. The foundation serves as a partner and convener that helps gather the resources, thought, and energy needed to create and sustain change. It is committed to creating powerful partnerships with those who work toward sustainable, scalable, and system-wide change for all young people, especially those who are most in need The foundation looks for partners who share the same mission and values. Many of the foundation’s relationships are long-term, with some spanning over a decade of successful collaboration. Its partners share the following characteristics: They support and engage in continuous learning and improvement. Demonstrate, succeed, spread, and engage in practice that informs policy. Recognize the needs of vulnerable youth, and a possess commitment to bolster their education and development. Find, work with, and support the expert implementers and change agents. Build a culture of collaboration; work with others to create a movement. Invest in irresistible information to drive evidence-based decision making. Work on public policy with an incisive role in contributing to statewide system improvement.

Program Area(s)

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

Education Systems

The foundation works to provide opportunities for all California and Washington students to learn and achieve in school by developing effective education systems. It invests in coordinated programs, partnerships, and research and policy analysis to achieve system wide impact. To achieve its goal the foundation invests in: 1) Districts & Education Systems. Developing district capabilities and promoting system-wide impact in districts and education systems; 2) Education Leadership. Strengthening school, district and school board leadership to achieve system wide change; and 3) Teaching and Learning. Building education systems that provide students with effective and qualified teachers in every class, every day .

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the gifts of its employees to charitable organizations.

Vulnerable Youth in Child Welfare

The program's overarching goal for all youth is to be self-sustaining, responsible, and contributing members of their communities and society. The foundation specifically targets significant resources, energy, and staff to individuals and organizations assisting those young people who face much more challenging circumstances and are most likely to benefit from additional support. The foundation partners with public and private child welfare agencies to systemically provide resources and services to children and youth in foster care to realize long-term, positive outcomes in five focus areas: 1) Safety 2) Permanency 3) Well Being 4) Educational Opportunities and 5) Youth, Family, and Community Engagement.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Public policy
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Foster and adoptive children
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $521,851,518 (market value)

Expenditures: $30,994,978

Total giving: $19,089,764

Qualifying distributions: $24,925,836