The Scott Foundation believes that children deserve every opportunity to be successful, healthy and happy individuals, and we strategically provide grants to organizations that help advance our mission. To date, we have gifted over $3 million dollars to Bay Area-based nonprofit organizations.
Here are some of the organizations and programs we proudly support.
Educational Equity / Early Childhood Education
ACE Charter Schools
ACE isn’t your average charter school organization. ACE schools are designed from the ground up to serve the most underserved, disaffected students (and their families) in San Jose’s most troubled neighborhoods. ACE works with families and communities in the highest-need neighborhoods to create and sustain middle and high schools where initially low-performing students grow every day and graduate ready for college and life success. In 2008, ACE opened its first school. Since then, ACE has grown from one school to five and from 100 students to over 1000 and growing.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches high potential, under-served middle school students on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to choose careers in education, particularly in disenfranchised communities. By working with families, community partners, and Silicon Valley leaders, Breakthrough’s academically rigorous six-year program helps young people aspire to and achieve the educational experiences that result in lasting change for themselves and their communities. The results are extraordinary: 96% of students attend four-year colleges and 78% of student-teachers enter careers in education.
Educare California at Silicon Valley
Educare California at Silicon Valley is a model early learning school and family resource center serving almost 600 low-income children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers in East San Jose. With 12 high-quality early learning classrooms, a family resource center, a satellite children’s museum, and a professional development institute to demonstrate best practices to early learning educators, Educare ensures that at-risk children receive the developmental resources they need during the critical 0-5 years to positively impact their life trajectories and to achieve success in school and beyond.
Hillbrook School in Los Gatos is an independent school serving grades JK-8. Its innovative teaching methods, small classroom size, and student-centered, integrated social-emotional academic approach makes it a learning space where children thrive. In addition to supporting general operating expenses including supplies and technology, generous gifts from The Scott Foundation have transformed the school learning environment by enabling the purchase of a new junior kindergarten-2nd grade outdoor play area, outdoor amphitheater, moveable white board tables, wiggle stools, moveable gym bleachers, a Hub space connecting science and art programs, and more!
KIPP Bay Area Schools
KIPP Bay Area Schools operates 11 high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world. Through the collective hard work and commitment of teachers, students, and families, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than students of similar economic backgrounds. In these schools, nearly 4,700 students are being prepared for success in college and the competitive world beyond.
Science is Elementary
Science is Elementary (SiE) works to effect systemic change at the elementary school level with a multi-pronged approach: working directly with students, training teachers, and engaging the scientific community. SiE’s professional development program for elementary school teachers enables them to plan and implement Common Core-aligned science lessons. In low-income classrooms, trained scientists and engineers facilitate “cool” inquiry-based experiments. SiE’s curriculum promotes deep understanding of basic science concepts, teaches critical thinking skills, and encourages creativity and teamwork in open-ended problem-solving. Students show gains of 55% – 80% in conceptual learning and increased positive attitudes to science.
Somos Mayfair is a community-based agency with 18 years of experience providing family support services, leadership development, and advocacy to address the stark inequities faced by children and families in Mayfair, a low-income immigrant community in East San Jose. Somos Mayfair’s work has garnered national recognition for its strong ability to cultivate community leadership to advance shared goals and bridge traditional nonprofit service provision with community organizing for broader impact. Its mission is to support children, organize families, and connect neighbors to uplift the dreams, power, and leadership of community and address systemic inequities.
Vida Verde promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight environmental learning experiences to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Since 2001, Vida Verde has provided free, three-day, two-night outdoor education programs for over 10,000 underserved students in grades 4-6 from the Bay Area. These activity-packed experiences take place at our 100-acre site and farm, as well as at state parks and beaches along the San Mateo County coastline. Students participate in: milking a goat, using that milk to make fresh cheese, exploring tide pools, playing in the ocean, hiking through redwoods, and more.
Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Anita Borg Institute
The Anita Borg Institute accelerates the pace of global innovation by working to ensure that more women are involved in imagining and building problem-solving technology. With a mission to connect, inspire, and guide women in technology, their programs increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. Founded in 1994, ABI works with 25,000 women technologists annually in over 50 countries, and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. The Scott Foundation Co-Founder Kevin Scott proudly serves on the ABI board.
Girl Scouts of Northern California
Girl Scouts of Northern California builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As part of their Imagine STEM initiative, they operate Camp MakeHers, an all-girl camp which introduces girls in grades 2-10 to the basics of creating tech (from circuit boards to programming), female coder role models, and traditional outdoor camp activities. In 2015, 82 girls and 27 volunteers and STEM mentors participated in Camp MakeHers studios. The Scott Foundation is proud to provide scholarships to support underprivileged girls in attending this camp that can launch them into an exciting career path.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. By helping women and girls seize 21st century opportunities, they aspire to flip the script that women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
MotherCoders is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to creating a more inclusive economy that designed a tech orientation program with on-site childcare to remove barriers faced by women with children seeking to acquire the tech skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy. With a focus on the development of coding skills, industry knowledge, and peer and professional support, MotherCoders is providing an accessible and much-needed point of entry for women with children striving toward a career in technology — jobs that offer the economic security they need to take care of their families.
Mission Bit offers free programming classes taught by experienced engineers and entrepreneurs to San Francisco public school students. Mission Bit mentors help students learn the technologies, processes and approaches used on the job to build products the students care about. This project-based learning teaches both core computer science concepts as well as the practical skills and technologies that are required to build websites and applications today, helping local students increase their job-readiness.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. One of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest provides food to a quarter of a million people every month. The Scott Foundation has supported Second Harvest’s vision of a hunger-free community since its inception, investing in innovative programming to help empower the most vulnerable kids in our community. “Food makes a difference…our brains start working when we start eating!” exclaimed 11-year-old Juan, a Second Harvest client benefiting from The Scott Foundation’s partnership.
The Scott Foundation proudly supports organizations making a significant community impact. On occasion, The Scott Foundation supports organizations that fall outside of our scope of work because of their exemplary community impact. These causes are initiated and selected by the Foundation; unsolicited requests for fundraising and capital events are not accepted.
Edge of Success
Edge of Success is a documentary that takes a critical look at the tragic high school suicide clusters that have struck the community of Palo Alto, California. In the last seven years, ten high school students and recent alumni have taken their own lives. The film follows six students as they navigate their high school experience, exploring mental health issues and the pressure to be successful.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit human rights organization that protects rights and saves lives. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch exposes human rights abuses like torture, violence against women, and child exploitation. It is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, and targeted advocacy, publishing more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in 90 countries each year. Human Rights Watch works with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice.
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation fights to preserve and expand reproductive freedom and abortion access. They fight against anti-choice attacks and hold opponents accountable at the national and state level; advocate to protect and expand reproductive freedom and abortion access; educate and increase awareness of reproductive freedom issues and how they affect women and families; mobilize and grow their activist and supporter base at the local and national level; work to shift the cultural discourse around abortion access and reproductive freedom to end the stigma and shame that hinder women from accessing the services they need; and ensure that every woman has the right to informed and empowered choices.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM)
PPMM improves the lives of over 250,000 women, men and children every year in 29 counties through mid-California and 13 counties in Northern Nevada. With over 30 health center locations and 11 community sites, PPMM provides a range of medical services, education programs, and advocacy initiatives, including: reproductive and general health services such as birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, abortion, prenatal care, pediatrics and adult primary health care. PPMM proudly advocates for reproductive freedom.
Tim Griffith Foundation
The Tim Griffith Foundation’s mission is to heal and strengthen Bay Area communities by providing support and services to those impacted by addiction, violence, and loss. The goal of the Foundation’s work is to provide healing to individuals, families, and communities. The Tim Griffith Foundation combines financial support and direct services to provide addiction recovery, violence prevention, and grief support — transforming hardship into journeys of healing and hope. The Scott Foundation’s support has helped the Foundation to operate Tim’s House, a transitional housing establishment for young men recovering from addiction; on-site counseling for high school students after expulsion and/or incarceration; scholarships for elementary school children to experience Science Camp each year; and intensive grief support.