Overview of the Foundation

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation invests in organizations that build equity and opportunity in school communities.

Our vision is that all students have access to a high quality education. School communities have the capacity to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all learners.


The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation grants approximately $2 million each year to nonprofit organizations that support K-12 public education in both Alameda County and West Contra Costa County. Grants support a variety of community-based organizations, school sites, and district-led programs that aim to strategically and effectively improve academic and social outcomes for students and school communities, especially those most impacted by poverty and limited resources. The Foundation supports organizations committed to seeking high-leverage and appropriate strategies that challenge inequity, broaden opportunities for students, and create system-level improvements.

In addition to the Foundation’s K-12 grantmaking, the Foundation offers four-year college scholarships to two high-achieving, low-income Richmond students from either John F. Kennedy High School or Richmond High School each year. The scholarship is offered in partnership with The Ed Fund (West Contra Costa Public Education Fund).

Finally, the Foundation makes a small number of discretionary grants to organizations that support economically disadvantaged students and communities outside of our primary education grantmaking region. The Foundation does not accept any unsolicited funding inquiries or requests for discretionary funding.

Please visit the History, Board of Directors and Staff, and Grantmaking Approach pages to learn more about the Foundation. If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, we kindly encourage you to review the entire Grantmaking section prior to initiating the application process.