About the Foundation

“We do well by doing good.”

This was a common statement from Charles E. Scripps, one of the founders of the Scripps Howard Foundation and long-time board chairman of The E.W. Scripps Company. Whether it was company or Foundation business, his point was simple. When we enrich the lives of others, our own lives are enriched.

The Foundation had humble beginnings and flourished over time to serve more than 1.5 million people by identifying and supporting life-changing community programs and empowering journalists who inform and engage all of us through their outstanding investigations, storytelling and communications. Our work is possible thanks to the generosity of the Scripps and Howard families, The E.W. Scripps Company, Scripps employees and retirees, and others.

Founded in 1962 and built on a legacy of generosity, the Foundation has grown over time as the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company.

The Scripps Howard Foundation strives to advance the cause of a free press while also building healthy communities and an improved quality of life through its support of education, vital social services, enriching arts and culture, and inclusive civic affairs.

Hello from your Foundation staff. We care a great deal about the work we do. We are supported and guided by a deeply committed, highly engaged Board of Trustees.