In 2003, Stuart Eisen showed up to an elementary school in Anacostia for a day of service, hosted by his company at the time. While Stuart was playing catch with young children and speaking with their teacher about the lack of financial resources for the classroom, he had no way of knowing this was the beginning of over a decade long relationship with The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF).
Stuart developed a bond with the teacher and young scholars, and proceeded to sponsor the classroom from year-to-year by purchasing art supplies, donating pumpkins and Halloween decorations, and bringing his own family to the classroom to volunteer. Stuart’s wife, Rona, began to volunteer on a regular basis, providing childcare during the day. His time with NCCF would continue to grow.
An avid photographer, Stuart began to attend NCCF’s Annual Art and Soul Charity Auction. When NCCF staff learned of his passion, he generously agreed to donate pieces for the auction, where they began to sell year-after-year. His increased conversations with staff led him to assist with applying for grant money through his company, RBC Wealth Management, from where NCCF has received grants for several years.
In February of 2016, Stuart came full circle in his commitment to NCCF by joining NCCF’s Board of Trustees. Born and raised in the National Capital Region, Stuart enjoys being able to give back in the area where he was raised, “The way I look at it, you have to do something to balance out those scales in the sky. It makes you feel good, knowing you’re doing the right thing.”
When Stuart is not working and volunteering with NCCF, he enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with his children and grandchildren.