History

The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund was established in 2001 by Dwight L. Stuart.

Mr. Stuart, a prominent Los Angeles businessman and grandson of E.A. Stuart, founder of Carnation Company, served as its president from 1973-1983. Over the years, he recognized the needs of young people in his home city who were less fortunate than others and might well benefit from programs for their enrichment in areas such as education, careers, sports, and the arts.

In addition to endowing the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Mr. Stuart was a long-time member of the board of trustees of the Stuart Foundation, which is dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education.

The Board of Advisors of the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund is comprised of Mr. Stuart’s four sons – D.L. Stuart Jr, Woody Stuart, Bruce Stuart, Douglas Stuart – and Nancy Derian.

The mission of the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (DSYF) is to support organizations in Los Angeles County that provide direct services and experiences to children and youth from underserved communities so they may gain values, skills, and confidence to achieve their potential.