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Dwight Stuart Youth Fund


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

(formerly Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation)

9595 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 212

Beverly Hills, CA United States 90212-2502

Telephone: (310) 777-5050


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2011-12-31)

Assets: $0

Total giving: $0





Additional Contact Information

Additional e-mail:;


Established in 1999 in CA - The Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation was endowed by Dwight L. Stuart (1924 - 1998). Mr. Stuart was the grandson of E.A. Stuart, founder of the Carnation Company, and was its president and chief executive officer from 1973 - 1983. During his tenure he introduced almost 200 new products, and Carnation became one of the country's leading pet food manufacturers. At the close of his tenure, he orchestrated the sale of the company to Nestle. The Board of Trustees of the foundation is composed of Mr. Stuart's four sons and his sister

Purpose and Activities

Support for organizations providing direct services and experiences to underserved children and youth to enable them to gain the skills, values and confidence to achieve their potential.

Program Area(s)

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

Capacity Building Initiative

The Capacity Building Initiative builds on the foundation's regular grantmaking to provide support for capacity building to youth-serving nonprofits in Los Angeles County offering grant support for staff training, creation of new staff positions, board training, facilities development and technology purchases. Youth-serving nonprofits can apply for grant funds to support capacity-building activities of their own choosing. For more information, see the foundation's website.

Education Enrichment

The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that provide a well-rounded education for youth. These include before-school, in-school, and after-school programs that enhance and strengthen academic skills, expose and provide instruction in arts and culture, and allow youth opportunities to participate in new activities and a world beyond their communities. The primary purpose of these programs is to develop skills and knowledge regardless of ability and teach values such as respect, patience, self-discipline, integrity, tenacity, and teamwork. Such programs include: sports and recreation; visual and performing arts; cultural enrichment; homework assistance and tutoring; language arts and literacy; creative writing; field trips and camps; career guidance and youth employment; and college readiness and educational planning.


The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that teach and develop leadership skills and principles. Programs in this area also educate and encourage youth about their responsibilities as concerned and informed members of society. Such programs include: youth advocacy; youth organizing; skills development: leadership, written, and oral communication; programs run by youth; community service; peer counseling; and peer education.


The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that allow adults and youth to interact with one another in a consistent, nurturing, and long-term relationship that offers understanding, guidance, and practical life skills. Such programs include: adults-youth mentoring; team mentoring; peer mentoring; and apprenticeships/internships.

School Readiness

The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that influence learning and literacy experiences for pre-school children ages 2 - 5. The foundation gives priority to programs that: 1) Create an individualized curriculum based on each child's developmental needs; 2) Provide a safe and stimulating environment for learning; 3) Focus on a clear philosophy and communicate with staff, parents and the community; 4) Regularly assess their curriculum and work with local schools; and 5) Reflect the culture, class, and language of their community. Such programs include: cognitive development; language development; emotional development; and literacy.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts education
  • Camps
  • Child care
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Leadership development
  • Literature and writing
  • Performing arts
  • Reading promotion
  • Youth development
  • Youth mentoring
  • Youth organizing
Population Groups
  • Adolescents

Financial Data

Year ended 2011-12-31

Assets: $0 (market value)

Expenditures: $36,642

Total giving: $0

Qualifying distributions: $0