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 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.
Opportunities for youth and their development are a key aspect of the foundation's desire for a better world, especially in ways that youth development can intersect with the foundation's other areas of giving. The caveat is geography: The foundation gives “preference” to three locations. They are the Bay Area of California, the San Gabriel Valley of California, and Little Traverse, Michigan—all three are areas where James Gamble and his family have community ties. The foundation uses the word “preference,” suggestive of some flexibility beyond this geographic scope. In practice, support of anything outside of these locations is very minimal, and is best reflected in programs that might be broader in scope (regional or national) but are still headquartered or linked to one of these three geographic areas.
Take a look at the Ayshire's Foundation's youth opportunities granting synergy:
With Community Culture:
- $750,000 to Urban School of San Francisco for Phase I of its new athletic and performance art center;
- $200,000 to Pasadena Education Foundation in Pasadena, CA for an arts education project;
- $100,000 to the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco, CA to renovate their stage and cafeteria;
- $15,000 to 826LA in Los Angeles, CA to support its media lab;
- $15,000 to the Ballet School of San Francisco for low-income student financial aid;
With the Science & the Environment:
- $75,000 to the Mother's Club in Pasadena, CA to complete its green building;
- $15,000 to Aim High in San Francisco, CA for its Headlands Environmental Home program;
- $5,000 to Heal the Bay in Santa Monica, CA to create opportunities for low income students;
- $10,000 to French American International High School in San Francisco, CA to develop a workshop on sustainable energy.
- $200,000 to Villa Esperanza in Pasadena, CA for its capital campaign;
- $125,000 to the Hillsides in Pasadena, CA for its capital campaign;
- $23,000 to the Gooden Center in Pasadena, CA for the purchase of a catering van;
- $15,000 to the Frostig Center in Pasadena, CA for the purchase of 14 HP Probook 6450s.
The Ayrshire Foundation doesn't neglect straight-forward youth development support either. Recent grants also include $50,000 to Foothill Vocational Opportunities (San Gabriel Valley, CA) for its Paths to Opportunity program; $50,000 to College Track for its new facility; $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena (CA) to replace their pool heaters; and $16,000 to Five Acres (Altadena, CA) for its fatherhood workshops.
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.