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. The Ayrshire Foundation likes to be synergistic about this—the more opportunities to intersect its arenas of giving, the better. And the intersection of youth with parks and gardens is a big one.
Examples of this granting synergy include:
- $15,000 to Aim High (San Francisco, CA) for its restoration work at Golden Gate National Recreation Area;
- $15,000 to the San Francisco School Alliance for its Green Schoolyard;
- $10,000 to the Coevolution Institute (San Francisco, CA) for its pollinator garden wheel.
Be aware: 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.
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.