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.

The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to the E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.

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.

Mission

The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism.

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.