Our History

President Shannon Hunt-Scott, and her husband and co-founder, Kevin Scott, started The Scott Foundation in 2014 with the desire to give back to the Silicon Valley community where they work and raise their family. The initial focus of the foundation was on supporting leading-edge organizations addressing critical needs such as childhood hunger, early childhood education, and women and girls in technology. 

As the foundation has developed a greater understanding of the challenges in the communities it serves, its strategy has evolved. While maintaining deep local giving and partnerships with innovative community leaders in Silicon Valley, The Scott Foundation is also looking to drive impact and help create systemic change at the national level. 

By partnering with organizations working to create solutions to community challenges and using a hands-on, highly personal approach to grantmaking, The Scott Foundation has fueled meaningful change in the areas of educational equity, social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and social and reproductive justice. Since its inception, The Scott Foundation has distributed over $5 million to grantees.

Our Bios

Shannon Hunt-Scott, President and Co-Founder

Shannon is an active philanthropist who strives to understand the challenges and needs of the community, to find changemakers who impact the lives of children and young adults, and to work together with grantee organizations to make the world a better place. She brings her extensive experience in fundraising and strategic planning along with her hands-on involvement to drive deep, local impact and to fight for more equitable and just systems locally and nationally.

In addition to her deep commitment to The Scott Foundation, Shannon proudly serves on the boards of Educare California at Silicon Valley and The Tech Interactive in San Jose, CA. She is a Trustee for Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA and she serves on the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Kevin Scott, Co-Founder

Kevin Scott is an experienced engineering executive, author of “Reprogramming the American Dream,” maker of things, and all-around geek. A startup veteran and angel investor, Kevin co-founded The Scott Foundation to help children get the support they need at critical points in their lives in order for them to achieve their personal best.

Kevin is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft and was previously the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn. Kevin also hosts the Behind the Tech podcast where he interviews tech heroes who have helped create, build and influence the technology we use today.

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