Together with her three daughters (Nancy Woodling, Jane Norton, and Mary Ann Dobras), Beth K. Stocker established The Stocker Foundation in 1979.
The Stocker Foundation started with $2 million. Over time, the Foundation has evolved into a mature grant making organization with current assets of approximately $50 million.
The Stocker Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families; strengthening communities where Trustees reside.
The Stocker Foundation is geographically restricted. Currently eligible are Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, Ohio; Pima County, Arizona; Dona Ana County, New Mexico; Alameda and San Francisco counties, California; King County, Washington; and Hartford County, Connecticut.
On an annual basis, The Stocker Foundation distributes $3 million to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Since inception, 6,136 grants have been awarded to 932 nonprofit organizations totaling more than $60 million.
The Stocker Foundation’s competitive grant making focuses on literacy and STEAM-focused programming, from educating students to read and write, to teaching students to think critically and creatively with a design and entrepreneurial mindset.