Stupski FAQs

The Stupski Foundation is investing in strategies that will address some of the Bay Area’s and Hawai‘i’s biggest challenges. Specifically, we:

  • Invest in solutions to make it easier and more affordable for people to get the food they need to live active, healthy lives, ensuring no one has to skip a meal.
  • Ensure that students are equipped to complete the higher education of their choice and unlock an array of future careers.
  • Partner with pediatricians to ensure that children who are part of families struggling to make ends meet have the integrated health and social services that will help them thrive.
  • Work to transform health systems to ensure that those diagnosed with a serious illness receive care that respects their wishes and allows them to live out the remainder of their lives with comfort and dignity.

To make a significant impact with limited time and resources, we focus on partners who primarily serve our communities in San Francisco and Alameda Counties and the state of Hawai‘i.

In the Bay Area and Hawai‘i, too many members of our communities face societal barriers and are left out of opportunities in their own backyards. That is why the Stupski Foundation is spending all of our assets within the next 10 years to make the greatest possible change in our communities today. Learn more about our spend down.

We prioritize building relationships with and funding organizations working in our  our Bay Area and Hawaiʻi communities that share interest in our strategic direction. We reach out to organizations when we identify a potential partnership opportunity. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.

Occasionally, we will share open requests for proposals (RFPs) within our strategies. Check our program pages for open RFP opportunities.

The Stupski Foundation primarily funds organizations in San Francisco and Alameda Counties that address hunger, postsecondary success, early brain development, and serious illness care.

Through recommendations from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other local contacts, Stupski also invests in organizations throughout Hawai‘i that work on similar issues that we target in the Bay Area. While some of our approaches are similar in the Bay Area and Hawai‘i, in Hawai‘i, we fund approaches created by and for communities across the islands.

For decades, Larry and Joyce Stupski have been committed to giving back to the communities they call home—the Bay Area and Hawai‘i. As the former president and chief operating officer of Charles Schwab, Larry was passionate about using his success to create opportunities for others. Joyce, a longtime entrepreneur and former educator, shares this vision and established the spend down Foundation in 2015 to continue their commitment and honor Larry’s memory.

For decades, Larry and Joyce Stupski have been committed to giving back to the communities they call home—the Bay Area and Hawai‘i. The Foundation funds in the same issue areas in both places, although we customize our approaches to the unique context of each community.

To inform our strategies, Stupski is regularly in the field to collect input from nonprofit leaders, researchers, leading practitioners, and those impacted by the challenges we seek to address. We are also tracking what is happening in the larger field and doing a deep dive into the data to help us see high-level trends.

To make the most of our limited time and resources, we identify opportunities to invest in organizations and efforts that will reach the most people and drive change long after we close our doors. We constantly look for evidence that challenges our assumptions. To do this, we fund grants that will provide new information, so that, along with our partners, we can course correct to provide the best possible support to our communities.

Stupski welcomes grantee feedback directly to staff to ensure we collaborate with and support our partners effectively. Because we are iterating rapidly to identify what works and promote lasting solutions, we also ask for grantee feedback regularly throughout the grant process. Additionally, we collect feedback through surveys to provide grantees a channel to share their input anonymously.