At Stupski Foundation, we’re working toward the day when our health, food, and postsecondary systems collectively promote well-being and abundance for everyone. To realize that future, we are returning all our resources to the communities we call home by 2029. As we spend down, we commit to engage in adaptive philanthropy in partnership with those who advance equity in the following areas:
- Food Justice: We believe all people have a right to healthy, just, and culturally affirming food. We partner with communities to strengthen equitable local food economies rooted in relationships of care and community well-being.
- Health: We believe everyone has a fundamental right to health and holistic care that supports their physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. We partner with communities, policymakers, and institutions to close racial inequities in health and nurture healing throughout a person’s life. Specifically, we work in:
- Early Brain Development: We work with partners who strengthen bonds between children and their families during the early years of life and fund family-informed efforts to improve access to care that supports childhood development and lifelong health.
- Serious Illness Care: We partner with community-based organizations and health systems to ensure people living with serious illness have agency and access to the care they want and need to experience health and comfort through the end of life.
- Postsecondary Success: We believe all young people have the right to accessible postsecondary pathways that enable them to live, learn, and thrive in the communities they call home. We foster relationships, prioritizing care and wellness while centering youth voices to shift power, policy, and practice in the postsecondary ecosystem.
To make a significant impact within our spend down time frame, we focus on partners who primarily serve the communities we call home in Hawai‘i and the San Francisco Bay Area (especially Alameda and San Francisco Counties).
At Stupski, we believe that the people closest to the challenges in our communities—not philanthropy—can best determine where funds can make lasting change. When we move dollars and decisions back into communities, we move closer to a society of solidarity, centered in justice and equity, where everyone can flourish. To realize that future, we are returning all of our resources to the communities we call home by 2029. Learn more about our spend down.
Through dialogue with our partners, we are still learning how we can best support grantee partners’ health, success, and sustainability after we close our doors. This has led us to make less restrictive, longer, and larger grants; co-fund initiatives with other funding partners; and participate in funder learning communities. Additionally, we invest in efforts that contribute to social change leaders’ wellness and often host capacity building, networking, and peer learning spaces.
As we approach our spend down date and our endowment declines, we will provide fewer grants. We aim to make our final grants between 2025-2027 and close operations in 2029.
Larry and Joyce Stupski were committed to giving back to the communities they called home—Hawai‘i and the San Francisco Bay Area. As the former president and chief operating officer of Charles Schwab Corp., Larry was passionate about using his success to create opportunities for others. Joyce, a longtime entrepreneur and former educator, shared this vision and applied her love of the arts, business acumen, and experiences working with students and families to the couple’s philanthropy. In 2014, Joyce established the Foundation as a spend down to continue the couple’s commitment and honor Larry’s memory following his passing. Joyce led the spend down until her passing in 2021 and oversaw more than $155 million in grant-making toward her spend down vision. Learn more about Joyce and Larry.
Larry and Joyce Stupski were committed to giving back to the communities they called home—Hawai‘i and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our team lives and works in these communities and feels the same love and responsibility to do all we can today so future generations can flourish. Stupski Foundation funds food justice, health, and postsecondary success in both places, and we customize our approaches to each community’s unique context.
Stupski invests in community leaders and organizations that are closest to the challenges our communities face and who best understand where funds can make lasting change. We believe the expertise of a diverse set of fields and perspectives is key to finding better ways of understanding issues, designing services, and disrupting complex systems. We work with community stakeholders to shift and share power and prioritize partnerships that transform systems that harm our communities.
Our partners help us grow into a more equitable funder and challenge our assumptions. We commit to adapting to meet our community’s evolving needs. One way we collect feedback is through the Grantee Perception Report (GPR) with the Center of Effective Philanthropy, an anonymous grantee partner survey. We conducted the GPR in 2020 and 2022.
Stay tuned for results from our 2022 GPR.