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 San Gabriel Valley—and by extension, the larger Los Angeles 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 San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles abound:
Youth with Community Culture:
- $40,000 to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for its Teen Art Park Studios project;
- $5,000 to Theatre 360 in Pasadena for theater equipment.
Youth with Elderly & Disabled:
- $150,000 to Foothill Vocational Opportunities in Pasadena for its new transitional program.
Youth with Science & the Environment:
- $500,000 to the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena for construction;
- $75,000 to Mother's Club in Pasadena to complete green building;
- $5,000 to Heal the Bay (Santa Monica, CA) to support access for lower-income students.
Healthcare with Elderly & Disabled:
- $20,000 to the Center for the Partially Sighted for its new Eagle Rock facility;
- $8,000 to the Pasadena Senior Center to improve its fitness facility.
Healthcare with Youth:
- $23,000 to the Gooden Center in Pasadena to purchase a catering van;
- $15,000 to the Frostig Center in Pasadena for software.
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.