The Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is squarely focused on strengthening the human capital in urban schools by addressing the effectiveness of teachers, the leadership skills of principals, and the managerial and analytic talent needed at multiple levels of the school system.

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The goal of the Foundation’s Youth Development grantmaking is to bring the voice of young people to the significant issues that affect them and their communities. Too often, youth perspectives are unheard or ignored and consequently, young people do not play a central role in addressing the problems and decisions that impact their lives.

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The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation is committed to improving the healthy development of children, ages 0-8, by supporting innovative programs, initiatives and policies that benefit such children and their families.

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In The Spotlight...

Educational Video Center Produces National Award Winner

Congratulations to Educational Video Center, long-time grantee of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation. EVC student, Raelene Holmes-Andrews won the 2014 Media for A Just Society Award, presented by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency(NCCD), for her film “Life Under Suspicion: Youth Perspectives on NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy.”


New & Noteworthy...

Staff Changes at the Stone Foundation

The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation is pleased to announce that effective December 15, 2015, Brandon Thorne has joined our team as a Senior Program Officer.  Brandon brings over 5 years of philanthropic experience and a breadth of knowledge about the needs of children and families and the programs serving them.  Since 2010, Brandon was at the Chicago Community Trust, most recently serving as Program Officer for Human Services and Community Development.  He previously served as Chief of Staff for Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh.  He has served on appointed commissions ranging from the Chicago Planning Council on Homelessness, Cook County Food Access Steering Committee, and the Chicago Housing and Healthcare Leadership Committee.

Effective December 31, 2015, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Donoghue will be leaving the Foundation to pursue other opportunities.

Please join us in welcoming Brandon and thanking Jeff for his service.

Sara R. Slaughter
Executive Director

Report on 2015 Convening of Early Childhood Development Grantees

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.57.42 PMThe Stone Foundation hosted a convening of early childhood development grantees in the summer of 2015. Representatives from grantee organizations in Boston, Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Philadelphia gathered to discuss common challenges they face as they attempt to grow, expand their reach, and deepen their impact. This report synthesizes key themes and ideas as these early childhood development leaders shared and learned from each other.

2015 Grants Awarded

The Stone Foundation awarded over $8.2 million in grants in 2015. Please visit our Grants Awarded section for detailed descriptions.