Stuart Foundation Reaches $1 Million in Lifetime Donations to Treehouse

By Jesse Colman, Treehouse Public Relations Specialist

The Stuart Foundation has donated more than $1 million since 2002 to develop and expand Treehouse’s academic programs for youth in foster care.

During the 17-year partnership, both organizations have undergone incredible changes, and as Treehouse expands its Graduation Success program throughout Washington state by 2022, the Stuart Foundation plans to be there with us every step of the way.

“We aren’t going anywhere,” said Sophie Fanelli, Stuart Foundation’s Chief of Programs. “The foundation understands the role that long-term partnerships play in changing outcomes for young people. This comes with trust and gives us the opportunity to learn from each other.”

Based in California, the foundation believes their work is much bigger than themselves or any of the individual organizations they support. They look for opportunities to create space for learning and innovation that transcend barriers.

“The ability of the Stuart Foundation to leverage knowledge among its grantees has made them an incredible partner in our mission of giving youth in foster care a childhood and a future,” said Janis Avery, Treehouse’s Chief Executive Officer. “We can’t thank them enough for the truly collaborative nature of their ongoing support.”

While Treehouse was developing Graduation Success, which has raised graduation rates dramatically, the foundation invited us to join in cross-state learning by hosting events that brought together leaders in child welfare, education and the judiciary. The foundation continues to introduce us to valuable relationships with other nonprofits.

Treehouse’s partnership with the Stuart Foundation has led to significant advancements in both organizations.

“It’s a collaboration that goes beyond the check,” Fanelli said. “Hopefully our resources allow Treehouse to continue their vision. What we get from the relationship is a ton of learning that we can apply to the work we’re doing in both Washington and California to improve life outcomes for all young people through education.”

The foundation has a long history of using strategic philanthropy to create educational opportunities that lift up youth. Each organization and program they support is critical. Together, real and lasting change is possible.

“We’ve been so impressed by Treehouse’s emphasis on equity,” said Alexia Everett, Stuart Foundation’s Senior Program Officer.  “From hiring to programing, there’s been an effort from the entire organization to continuously improve their practices to meet all of their student’s needs.”

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Jesse Colman is the Public Relations Specialist for Treehouse. He is passionate about building relationships, storytelling and community development.

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