The Scott Foundation aspires to empower local Bay Area children to achieve their personal best. By focusing on educational equity & early childhood education; girls, women, and diversity in STEM; hunger relief; social entrepreneurship; and social impact, The Scott Foundation believes that it can create opportunities for all children to achieve self-sufficiency and lifelong success.
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.
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.
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 educational equity, social entrepreneurship, and social impact causes.
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 the board chair for Educare California at Silicon Valley, a Trustee for Hillbrook School, and a board member for The Tech Museum of Innovation (where she is especially excited to provide leadership on the Tech for Global Good committee). Recently, she has extended her impact to the national scale, joining the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. The breadth of her philanthropic work has also included serving on the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley and on the 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 AnitaB.org (formerly 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.
Kevin also hosts a Behind the Tech podcast, where he interviews tech heroes who have helped create, build and influence the technology we use today. His Behind the Tech website project profiles the diverse makers of technology and what they do to inspire the next generation.