The Alexander & Margaret Stewart Trust is a charitable foundation supporting nonprofit organizations researching, treating and preventing cancer and pediatric illnesses.

The Trust was established in 1947 by Mary E. Stewart and Helen Stewart Devore in honor of their parents. Trust grants for prevention and treatment are provided to organizations assisting residents of the District of Columbia, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities. For its cancer research program, the Trust partners with Pew Charitable Trusts. The Trust does not accept proposals for research unless specifically requested by the trustees.

In 2014, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust announced the inaugural class of Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research. Promising early-career scientists will receive funding for research aimed at finding cures for cancer using approaches that include genetics, pharmacology, and structural biology. For more information about the Pew Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research visit the scholars directory.

In addition, from 2011 t0 2013 the Stewart Trust funded Cancer researchers at six research institutions.  For more information on those outstanding researchers click on the Cancer Fellows link under the “Home” tab.

The Stewart Trust distributed over $4 million in grants in calendar year 2015. Grantees range from D.C. health clinics and hospitals to community-based organizations providing pediatric and/or cancer treatment for the underprivileged.

If you are interested in applying for a new grant, please review our Guidelines and then go to our Application section.


Grant Applications Due Friday, September 23, 2016
Annual Reports Due: February 17, 2017 (for grant year 2016)


Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust
888 17th Street, NW, Ste 610
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-785-9892
Fax: 202-785-0918
William J. Bierbower, Executive Trustee
George Hamilton, Trustee
Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A., Elizabeth P. Munson, President
Lori Jackson, Executive Manager