Our Focus

The Scott Foundation believes that every person deserves access to high quality education, the opportunity to be successful and the confidence to take action.

Here are some of the organizations and programs we proudly support.

Our Grantees

ACE Charter Schools

ACE Charter Schools is a network of four public schools in East San Jose dedicated to helping previously struggling students prepare for college and life. Founded in 2008, ACE serves over 1,100 students in 5th-12th grade with an intensive, personalized school program that gives students the skills and will to thrive in school and beyond.  ACE’s vision is that students excel in an equitable educational system that equips them to make transformative choices for their families and communities.

Educare California at Silicon Valley

Educare Silicon Valley incorporates everything science says young children need to flourish. Caring educators engaged in leading-edge practice provide support for families to thrive and deep connections to community. It’s all part of what high-quality, accessible early learning looks like in a low-income community. ​With 12 high-quality early learning classrooms, a Family Resource Center and a Professional Development Institute, Educare ensures that at-risk children receive the developmental resources they need during the critical first five years of life to positively impact their life trajectories and to achieve success in school and beyond.

Vida Verde

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.

CORAL Afterschool Program

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – CORAL Afterschool Program is a K-8 afterschool program that focuses on improving academic achievement through literacy and homework support and providing sports and other enrichment activities at 22 school sites in San Jose, CA. CORAL improves the academic achievement of young people through out-of-school programs by involving students, families, schools, and community-based organizations. Since 2003, CORAL has increased literacy rates and reduced the achievement gap for tens of thousands of at-risk students in San Jose’s highest poverty and lowest performing schools.

The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza

The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza is a cultural facility that creates a vibrant place of learning, culture and community that nurtures the soul and brings joy, skill building and a sense of belonging to children, families and all who participate. Their unique and culturally relevant educational offerings narrow the opportunity gap in arts education and learning, nurture the joy, creativity and well-being of our children, and unleash the talent of our next generation of students, leaders, artists and consumers of culture.

San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School

San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School (SJCC+CS) changes the lives of young adults, ages of 17 ½ – 27, through a unique earn and learn model. SJCC+CS is an educational safety net for these young adults who have been disconnected from mainstream education and job training systems. Youth are empowered by knowledge, prepared with job skills for future careers, and supported through wrap-around services. Graduates are self-sufficient and contribute positively to their communities, relying on themselves rather than the network of social systems.

Peninsula Bridge

Peninsula Bridge is a college access and completion organization that supports underserved, highly-motivated middle school, high school and college students with a comprehensive, 13-year program model. Students join the program as rising 4th graders, and participate in ongoing support through college graduation. Peninsula Bridge helps break the cycle of poverty and greatly increases each student’s chance for success in school, life and career — empowering a next generation of employees, entrepreneurs and leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Science is Elementary

Science is Elementary (SiE) transforms elementary science education for everyone by teaching students, training teachers, and engaging the scientific community so that every child has access to exciting, high-quality science every day. SiE’s focus on impacted communities of color ensures equity in access and achievement. Since its founding, over 15,000 students and their teachers benefited from the program. Students show an 86% increase in scientific knowledge every year and significantly increase positive attitudes to science, especially among girls.

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.

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.

The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook

Founded in 2017 in partnership with The Scott Foundation, The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created by Hillbrook School to empower learners in JK-8th grade to engage deeply in complex challenges locally and globally and inspire children to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. The Scott Center ignites the changemaker in all students, nurturing the skills and mindsets to turn ideas into impact. In partnership with educators, social impact leaders, and entrepreneurs, the Scott Center seeks to cultivate a collaborative learning community that applies the best practices of social entrepreneurship.

The Tech Interactive

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center that inspires the innovator in everyone. Working directly and through others, The Tech helps build a civil society that enables everyone, especially low-income young people, to succeed in a world driven by technology. The Tech for Global Good is a year-round program designed to inspire a new generation of global problem-solvers. Learning to think like a social innovator encourages young people to consider the ethical and empathic aspects of making things. This initiative includes an exhibit (visited by 130,000 students each year!) featuring design challenges from various organizations and social entrepreneurs that provide high-impact experiencse for students, hands-on labs, youth leadership, professional development, and more.

BUILD Bay Area

BUILD Bay Area is a four-year college readiness program whose mission is to use entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success. By helping students develop and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world business experiences and critical skill-building for the future. BUILD Bay Area currently serves over 840 students in Oakland and the Peninsula. In BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2016, 97% graduated from high school and 96% were accepted to at least one post-secondary opportunity. BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2017 received more than 400 college acceptance letters.

NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation fights for reproductive freedom for every body, including the right to abortion. Powered by their more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, NARAL represents the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family. They fight against anti-choice disinformation and attacks, holding bad actors accountable at the national and local levels; work to protect and expand reproductive freedom and abortion access; educate about the issues affecting reproductive freedom, and the impact they have on our lives; organize, mobilize, and grow their activist and supporter base to ensure officials at all levels of government hear from the people they represent; and shift the cultural discourse around abortion access and reproductive freedom to end the stigma and shame around it that hinders people from getting the care they need.

Clinton Foundation

Clinton Foundation – building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. The Clinton Foundation works with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.

Human Rights Watch

With staff in over 90 countries, Human Rights Watch is an independent nongovernmental organization defending the rights of people worldwide. Known for its accurate fact-finding and impartial reporting, HRW seeks to expose the truth and give voice to the voiceless, creating the moral groundwork to drive profound change by bringing pressure to bear on national and international leaders through targeted advocacy. It plays a significant role as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advice the cause of human rights for all.

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.

No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.  The No Kid Hungry campaign shines a national spotlight on the crisis of child hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. No Kid Hungry provides a school breakfast program, summer meals, afterschool meals, and food skills education workshops, as well as conducting research, advocacy, and policy work. From the halls of Congress to your local school, No Kid Hungry is working to ensure kids get three healthy meals a day. Despite these efforts, the pandemic and resulting economic crisis have led to a dramatic surge in need. In the early months of the pandemic, the number of hungry children has grown from 1 in 7 to 1 in 4. So far, No Kid Hungry has sent more than $65 million in grant funding to 1,783 schools and organizations across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Guam to help children and their families get more of the food they need.

Center for Reproductive Rights

The​ ​Center for Reproductive Rights uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. It is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both US constitutional and international human rights law. Its groundbreaking cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care,​ maternal health and unbiased information. The Center seeks to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. One of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest is serving an average of half a million people every month, including kids and families. 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.

SOMOS Mayfair

SOMOS Mayfair is a community-based agency with 23 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.

Facing History and Ourselves

At Facing History and Ourselves, we believe the bigotry and hate that we witness today are the legacy of brutal injustices of the past. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. Facing History’s resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. Through our partnership with educators around the world, Facing History and Ourselves reaches millions of students in thousands of classrooms every year.

Voto Latino

Voto Latino Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization centered around Latinx youth predicated on their influence in their households and their sheer numbers. 66% of Latinos in the US are under the age of 33 and propelled the Latinx electorate to be the second largest voting block for the first time in 2020. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power.

Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America is a web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the US media. Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

Code for America

Code for America believes that the two biggest levers for improving people’s lives at scale are technology and government, and they put them together to make government work in the digital age. Code for America uses the principles and practices of the digital age to improve how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government. Since 2011, Code for America has worked with thousands of tech and design industry professionals to help hundreds of state and local governments serve their communities better.


Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. In addition to building and maintaining free Vote.org toolset (which includes a voter registration tool, an absentee ballot tool, voter registration status verification tool, and election reminders tool). Vote.org proactively reaches out to low-propensity voters and encourages them to vote, using SMS outreach, digital ads, digital radio (Pandora and Spotify), billboards, and direct mail.