Furthering the reach of a philanthropic heart

Stanley w. Ekstrom Foundation, inc.


Furthering the reach of a philanthropic heart

Stanley w. Ekstrom Foundation, inc.


Stanley W. Ekstrom

Charismatic, mercurial, and delightfully eccentric, Stanley W. Ekstrom was truly a graduate of the school of life. He was active and intensely interested in understanding and improving the world around him. Stan strove to bring comfort and solace to the unprotected and raise-up the deserving.


Causes we care about

Causes we care about


Stan was a great believer in the improving influence of education. He sponsored deserving candidates in their pursuit of higher education. For over 20 years he funded the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs in local high schools.


Social Welfare

Following the example of his parents, Stan was a major contributor to a number of organizations that promote social welfare. He cofounded the Family Violence Project of Orange County that protects at-risk-children. He also funded a number of organizations that provide services for the elderly.   

I love to learn but I hate to be taught.
— Stan Ekstrom

Animal Welfare

Throughout his life Stan was a great lover of animals. Cardinal’s corporate headquarters is adjacent to a recreational area and he made sure that he found homes for the many animals abandoned there. He was an advocate for the humane and ethical treatment of animals.

Military Service

Stan’s respect for veteran affairs stemmed from the fact that his father, Marvin, had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Many of the men who worked for Marvin and established Cardinal were fellow veterans. Stan was deeply committed to supporting the veterans of the local VFW, VFW Post 10218.


Organizations We Support


Church of the Nativity

Citrus Valley Health Foundation

City of South El Monte

El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce

Epiphany Church

family violence project of orange county

Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo

Lincoln Training Center

Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASPA)

Mentoring Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD)

South El Monte High School/Soccer Team


South El monte High School Project Lead the Way Program

Special Olympics

Temple Station Athletic Fund/Sheriff's Department

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)