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May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Awards $3.7 Million in 25th Anniversary Grants

Monday, November 3, 2014

The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust (Trust) has announced five grants totaling $3,700,000 to commemorate the Trust’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to marking 25 years of grantmaking by the Trust, these special one-time grants are intended to  recognize and support effective organizations, efforts, and programs that strongly align with the Trust’s newly refined grantmaking program areas—Elders, Foster Youth, People with Disabilities, Veterans and Military Families, and Discretionary Grants. 

"These grants honor the charitable intentions of the Trust’s founders by supporting organizations that serve populations facing challenging circumstances and transitions, offering opportunities that enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential so that our communities can benefit from their contributions," said Ruth M. Collins, Administrator and Trustee of the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.

The anniversary grants include:

  • Elders:  Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California—$600,000 for capital support to renovate the historic Siena building and adjacent outdoor area to house a new dementia-specific adult day program and Memory Garden.
  • Foster Youth:  On the Move, Napa, California—$450,000 to support the newly opened Epicenter in Salinas, CA, serving youth ages 16-24 who are transitioning from foster care and/or are homeless. 
  • People with Disabilities:  Marbridge, Manchaca, Texas—$650,000 for capital support to construct a new athletic and community center for a residential community of adults with disabilities and the larger Austin disability community.
  • Veterans and Military Families: University of Southern California School of Social Work, Los Angeles, California—$500,000 for scholarship support for veterans and military family members
  • Discretionary Grants:  Churchie Foundation, East Brisbane, Queensland Australia— $1,500,000 for capital support to demolish and reconstruct the Roberts Centre at the Anglican Church Grammar School, Stanley Smith’s alma mater.

About the Trust

Created in 1989, the Trust stewards the charitable intentions of May and Stanley Smith beyond their lifetimes. The Trust is guided by the belief that every individual possesses an innate dignity; a capacity to overcome adversity, hardship, or missteps; and a potential for transformation that, when accompanied by motivation and effort, compel support from the community.

Based in Sausalito, CA, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has been recognized by the IRS as a private foundation, exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and a foreign organization. For more information contact:  Frank A. Lalle, Director of Programs (415-332-0166;