The Fusenot Foundation

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The Fusenot Foundation held its 53rd Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon in September 2019.

Back row left to right: Trustees Scott Whitman, Vivi Berry, Guy Stone (Chairman), Richard Stone (Vice-Chair), Norman Walker, and Nellie High

Front row: Foundation Manager Laura Stone, Trustees Gabrielle Stone and Sally Stone.


Fusenot Foundation Honored by San Diego Center for Economics Education with Competition Award Dedication

(April 6, 2017) San Diego, CA - The Fusenot Foundation, a California based 501(c)3 foundation was honored by the San Diego Center for Economics Education (SDCEE) with the naming of the organization’s annual award to “Fusenot Foundation and SDCEE Economics History Day Awards”. The dedication coincided with the 2017 National History Day Contest in San Diego.

“It is with great pleasure to inform you that in gratitude of the Fusenot Foundation’s many years of loyal, financial support we bestow this dedication. You should be proud of the impact your foundation is making today . . . and in the future of our children,” announced SDCEE Board Member, Rohn S. Trieglaff, CLU, CHRS®, AIF®. “As a long-time benefactor to SDCEE, we are able to continue our work in advancing the economic literacy of the people of California through economic-based programs targeted at teachers and students of Kindergarten through 12th grade, educating them about the fundamentals of the economy and instilling in them an economic way of thinking and problem solving prudent to their participation in a global economy.”

“The Fusenot Foundation is honored by the dedication,” states Guy Stone, Fusenot Foundation Chairman and Trustee. “Programs such as these are analogous with our mission, To enrich the lives and lifestyle of Californians… Empowering our youth through education and economic knowledge will ensure growth and goodwill well into the future.”

As part of History Day, students compete by preparing detailed projects on the topic of economic impact. A portion of the Fusenot Foundation grant is earmarked to be distributed as cash awards to the top four students for their endeavors.

Trieglaff explains, “The award is presented to a few students who have gone above and beyond preparing for their National History Day project and presentation. They have researched the economic aspects within their historical project. And, prepared themselves to discuss with the judges how economics impacted and played an integral part in their project.”

For more information about the 2017 History Day competition,

The Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation Commemorates 50th Anniversary

Foundation Adopts Logo and Launches Website

(January 21, 2017) San Diego, CA - The Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation (The Fusenot Foundation) commemorates its 50th anniversary. The California 501(c)3 foundation was established in January 1967 by Germaine Fusenot with a mission to assist non-profits based in the Golden State.

“We are extremely proud of the foundation’s contributions to our society,” states Guy Stone, Chairman Board of Trustees. “Grants have been distributed to a diversity of the organizations from combatting homelessness, to education, sports, cancer research, veteran’s programs, social issues, animal rescue and many others. In the last forty years, the Fusenot Foundation has bequeathed over $10 million to California based non-profits.”

For the 50th anniversary, the Foundation instituted a branding campaign with the goal to share information about the organization, its history and founder, as well as honor the numerous organizations that have benefitted from the funding grants over the years. An official logo was adopted and the foundation’s first ever website has launched,

The Fusenot Foundation’s volunteer Board of Trustees include: Guy Stone, Chairman; Patricia Stone, Vice Chairman; Janet Kernan, Secretary; Alfred Borrelli, Treasurer; Scott Whitman, Attorney; Charles Gorder, Sr., Viveca S. Berry, Richard Stone and Norman Walker.

A brief history:

Germaine was born in Paris, France in 1886. As a child, she immigrated to the United States with her parents Auguste and Marie Durand Fusenot, settling in California. Germaine’s father, founded the prestigious Ville de Paris department store in Los Angeles in 1893.

A cousin of the Fusenots, Georges Fusenot also immigrated from France to live in Los Angeles, assisting Auguste in managing the department store. In 1907, Germaine and Georges were married. Four months later, Auguste suddenly passed away leaving the Ville de Paris to Germaine and Georges. The store continued to be a successful enterprise and was purchased in 1915 by owners of the Emporium, a well-known department store in San Francisco.

Germaine and Georges were active philanthropist during World War I and II including donating an ambulance to the Republic of France. They also sponsored the French War Relief Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1939-1946, among many other charity endeavors.

Per the book, “History of The Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation” published in 1981, "Germaine desired to leave something in the name of the Fusenots that would show their appreciation to the United States, commemorate Georges’ existence and be of some benefit to their fellow man." 

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