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The Stuart Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education


For folks in CA and WA ....

The Stuart Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education.

For 35 years, we have contributed to the conditions in which all children can develop into successful and contributing adults. We do our work in California and Washington State.

The Foundation’s grantmaking is driven by our aspiration for education systems that improve life outcomes for young people, especially those furthest from opportunity.  We award grants in California and Washington State to help educators, education systems, supporting organizations and policymakers improve student learning and success.

The Foundation’s grantmaking is directed toward research, practice, and policy activities that are aligned with our aspiration for education systems that support high-quality learning and expansive life opportunities for young people. The Foundation supports the use of evidence and research to strengthen teaching practice and system effectiveness. All of our efforts – whether supporting leaders who are piloting an innovative practice in the field, or investing in infrastructure such as data systems, or building collective capacity for advocacy including parents and families to influence local and statewide policy – are centered on the interconnected relationships, sources of experience and knowledge, and financial and human resources necessary for the student populations that are further from opportunity to achieve success in school and in life.

We make grants across the following, interconnected areas, always through the lens of supporting success for children who are furthest from opportunity:

  • State Policy
  • Leadership
  • Adolescent learning and pathways to higher education
  • Creativity
  • Foster Youth Education

Throughout, we seek to highlight and connect successful efforts to inform better policy.  Our grantmaking reflects timely and actionable opportunities, while also building on the Foundation’s rich history, its ability to leverage resources, and its unique position to create impact. Our grants in Washington State leverage the efforts of other foundations with complementary strategies, support learning between California and Washington to promote innovative approaches.

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