About Us

Mission

The Scott Foundation aspires to empower local Bay Area children to achieve their personal best. By focusing on educational equity/early childhood education, girls and women in STEM, hunger relief, and social impact, The Scott Foundation believes that it can create opportunities for all children to achieve self-sufficiency and lifelong success.

History

The Scott Foundation is a private family foundation based in California’s Bay Area that seeks to empower children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Philanthropists Shannon Hunt-Scott and Kevin Scott launched The Scott Foundation in 2014 to reach more children and influence broader change around the issues of hunger, early childhood education, and girls and women in technology. Their passions for these causes were sparked by diverse experiences around the globe that underscored the importance of safety net services, quality education, and the technological skills needed to thrive in today’s world.

President Shannon Hunt-Scott takes a hands-on, highly engaged approach to grantmaking. Organizations collaborating with The Scott Foundation receive much more than funding – they receive additional connections and support from the President, who truly believes in the causes that are funded. To date, the foundation has gifted over $3 million dollars to local nonprofit organizations.

Impact

We are extremely proud to increase the impact of our change-making grantees. As social issues, demographics, and our own funding priorities change, we invite you to keep up with our activities, current grantees, and accomplishments by viewing our annual Impact Reports.

Read the full 2016 Impact Report

Founder Bios

Shannon Hunt-Scott, President and Co-Founder

For the past 10 years, Shannon has made philanthropic work the heart of what she does, dedicating her time and energy to governing and volunteering for organizations focused on early childhood education and social safety networks, particularly around the issues of hunger and violence in our communities.

As The Scott Foundation’s Co-Founder and President, Shannon sets the foundation’s strategy and goals. She leads grant funding decisions and builds strategic partnerships with other foundations and agencies.

In addition to her deep commitment to The Scott Foundation, Shannon proudly serves as a board member for Educare California at Silicon Valley, Breakthrough Silicon Valley and as a Trustee for Hillbrook School. The breadth of her philanthropic work also extends to fundraising committees for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Kevin Scott, Co-Founder

An engineering executive, startup veteran, and angel investor, Kevin co-founded The Scott Foundation to help children get the support that they need at critical points in their lives in order for them to achieve their personal best.

Kevin is the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft and Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at LinkedIn. Kevin was an early engineer and engineering leader at Google, and ran engineering and operations at AdMob, a mobile advertising startup acquired by Google in 2010. Kevin is an active angel investor and startup advisor, and has served on the boards of Magic and the Anita Borg Institute. Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Recognition of Service award. He was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board, and an elected Member-at-Large of the ACM Council. Kevin holds an MS in Computer Science from Wake Forest University and a BS in Computer Science from Lynchburg College.

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