The Ayrshire Foundation was founded in 1998 by James N. Gamble (the great grandson of the founder of Procter & Gamble) and his family in order to broaden the scope of their already-established personal philanthropy. The foundation focuses its efforts on three locations where Gamble and his family have community ties, including the Bay Area.
The foundation views philanthropy as investment in world betterment, and spreads its wealth across a wide range of opportunities to support change: youth, the elderly and disabled, science and the environment, healthcare, and community culture. The Ayrshire Foundation likes to be synergistic about this—the more opportunities to intersect its arenas of giving, the better.
Examples of granting synergy in the Bay Area abound:
Youth with Community Culture:
- $750,000 to Urban School of San Francisco for Phase I of its new athletic and performance art center;
- $100,000 to the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco, CA to renovate their stage and cafeteria;
- $35,000 to the Oberlin Dance Collective in San Francisco, CA to help them plan for new leadership.
Youth with Science & the Environment:
- $100,000 to San Francisco Planning & Urban Research to build a new urban center;
- $15,000 to Seven Tepees in San Francisco for its Environmental Media Lab.
Community Culture with Science & the Environment:
- $40,000 to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA for its solar ray canopy.
Youth Opportunities with Healthcare:
- $15,000 to the Peer Health Exchange in to develop their strategic plan.
The Ayrshire Foundation requires potential grantees to first fill out a brief online form. If you’ve piqued the foundation’s interest, it will invite you to submit a full proposal.