Making our communities better places to live and work
Touching lives in the communities where The E.W. Scripps Company does business is at the heart of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Community Fund. The fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of Robert P. Scripps, grandson of E.W. Scripps, to support the communities that helped build the company. We provide grants for education, literacy, social services, and arts and culture.
One example of how the Scripps Howard Foundation partners with Scripps employees to make a lasting impact can be found at Oyler School in Cincinnati. Check out this video to see how the work by staff and volunteers improve the quality of students’ lives.
Across the Greater Cincinnati region, we give back through the Scripps Howard Communication Internship program. We provide grants to nearly 60 nonprofit organizations to hire communication internships. We work closely with professors and career development advisers at Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University to promote the internships.
For all Community Fund grants, we give priority to programs that make Scripps communities better places to live, learn and work. We typically award grants to education, literacy, social services, and arts and culture organizations. Educational grants tend to support higher education, job skills development and internships. We do not provide scholarships directly to individuals. With the exception of our employee program grants, we do not make grants to elementary, junior high and high schools. Grant requests must include objectives with measurable results and proof of nonprofit status. We prefer specific projects over general operating fund and capital campaign requests.
For organizations outside of Greater Cincinnati, we make grants on an invitation basis only and only in the regions where Scripps does business. We recognize the local station leaders know their community best, and we rely on their insights when making grants outside of Greater Cincinnati. Generally speaking, most community funding decisions outside of Greater Cincinnati are made at the beginning of the year.
We discourage multi-year contributions and the purchase of tables for fundraising events. With the exception of team sponsorships when Scripps stations are involved, the Foundation discourages requests to sponsor walks, runs, golf outings and neighborhood-specific events. The Foundation does not support political causes or candidates, private foundations, or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender or national origin.
The challenges faced by children in foster care can be heartbreaking, and today, a record number of children are entering that system. In Arizona alone, more than 21,000 children are in foster care.
That’s why the Scripps Howard Foundation, Scripps station ABC15, and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust are working together to change the story for these vulnerable children.
Children in foster care move often and must adjust to new schools, new classrooms, new teachers, new peers and new routines. They rarely have one consistent adult to look out for their best interests at school.
The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Pulliam Trust recently made a combined $100,000 grant to FosterEd Arizona. FosterEd helps foster children succeed by rallying key adults to advocate for each foster child as they move through the educational system. Shortly after our grant to FosterEd, Arizona passed legislation to expand the program statewide. The recently passed house bill authorized $1 million in funding for fiscal year
ABC15: Committed to foster-care coverage
Throughout the summer Scripps station ABC15 broadcast stories about FosterEd as part of its commitment to covering foster care issues. Highlights include:
- Now a college student, Maria Rodriguez grew up in foster care and changed schools eight times before age 16. The ABC15 story illustrates the connection between Maria’s experiences and how FosterEd is helping other kids like Maria.
- When the Arizona Cardinals welcomed more than 100 foster kids to its camp, ABC15 made the most of the opportunity to encourage viewers to follow the coach’s lead in improving children’s lives.