The Stone Foundation helps build vibrant communities and a just society by supporting organizations working cooperatively to provide for a thriving and diverse natural environment and to increase access to social services, the arts, and education.
The Foundation traces its roots to the mercantile heyday of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in the late nineteenth century. Descendants of Aunt Elizabeth Stone named the Foundation in her honor.
Thanks to the enduring generosity of its founding donor, the Foundation has grown from modest beginnings, distributing $20,000 in 1998, to our current program budget of nearly $400,000 per year.
We are interested in endeavors that contribute meaningfully and sustainably to the well-being of the communities warranting the effort. In general, we believe that healthy communities require accessible, diverse natural resources among which basic human services and cultural offerings have been thoughtfully and respectfully incorporated.
We prefer not to impose any of our own program definitions on organizations seeking support, but encourage inquiries from those responding to a genuine need identified by the communities in which they work.
We concentrate on Monmouth County, New Jersey; and downeast coastal Maine, with a focus on Hancock and Washington Counties.
Grants in other regions are considered at the discretion of the Trustees.