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About The Founders: Stuart and Suzanne Grant

 

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Stuart Grant and Suzanne Grant formed the I Could Do Great Things Foundation in 2009 with the belief that there are lots of people who could do Great Things if only they had the financial wherewithal to fund those ideas.  The I Could Do Great Things Foundation helps to supply that, recognizing the Great Things that people are already doing – as well as reward outstanding achievement and potential. The I Could Do Great Things Foundation provides funding covering a range of social initiatives related to education and projects that strengthen communities in Delaware where the couple are primarily based.

The Grants are significant supporters of Jewish causes both locally and worldwide.  The Grants established Stuart & Suzanne Grant Center of Excellence at the University of Delaware Hillel, making UD one of the first four Hillels in the country to have a Center of Excellence.

The Grants provided an initial gift for an initiative headquartered at Tulane University that fosters academic collaboration between U.S. and Israeli universities to address shared energy challenges. In 2019, they established the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience, enabling Tulane to double the Jewish Studies research faculty and implement a new slate of programming.

The Grants are also a mainstay in the Jewish community in Delaware as a major supporter of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Suzanne currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, and previously served as a President.

Stuart is a former trustee of the University of Delaware, to which the Grants gave a generous gift for the development of an equine studies program at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Today, there are over 75 students enrolled in the equine minor program, and numerous others who have graduated from the program. The Grants continue to be supportive of the equine program with internships at the Camden Training Center and with the equine capstone class, taught in large part, on the Grants’ farm, C-Dog Farm, near campus.

The Grants have also been a major benefactor of the University of Delaware soccer program.  Stuart was a former NCAA soccer referee in his earlier days, and the couple donated $1.5 million to renovate the University of Delaware soccer facility which, in 2014, was renamed the Stuart M. and Suzanne B. Grant Stadium in honor of the Grants.  At the time, it represented the largest gift in the history of the University of Delaware athletics.

The Grants are members of the Benjamin Franklin Legacy Society as supporters of The Franklin Institute, founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country.

Through the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, the Grants established the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship in memory of their dear friend Beau Biden.  The Scholarship is awarded to Delaware high school students who best exemplify the character traits of Beau.  The selection panel is comprised of Stuart, Suzanne and several members of the Biden family.