Areas of Focus (by year)
Who We Are
- The Scripps Family Impact Fund was created as a partnership between the 4th and 5th generations of the Scripps family, with hopes that it will be a fixture of family affairs for generations to come.
- We are a large and diverse family that seeks to combine our resources and invest in “big-impact” charitable projects.
- We are proud of our long and rich history in media and philanthropy and we seek to carry on the legacy of generations past by addressing a wide range of issues and causes.
Why We Created It
- We launched the Scripps Family Impact Fund in 2018 as a fresh way to collaborate with our extended family.
- We wanted to coordinate our giving in a way that could have a material “impact” on worthy organizations.
- The board is composed entirely of members of the family’s fifth generation, and we desire to have a positive influence on the world around us.
How it Works
- 1st Donors contribute annually to this fund and organizations are asked to submit grant applications to be considered.
- 2nd After thorough research, the board narrows the list of candidates to three, all of which are asked to submit a brief video about their cause.
- 3rd All donors cast their vote after reading the grant submissions and watching the videos.
- 4th Most of the pooled funds will be distributed to the top vote-getter (although all three finalists will receive grants). In addition to the pooled dollars, individual donors may be moved to direct additional funds to the finalists.
Who We're Looking to Partner with
- Large or small, new or old…
- If you’re a registered 501c3 public charity and have an effective solution to a worldly problem, and your organization fits into this year’s giving cycle, then you might be the next partner for us.
We seek to build upon the family’s enduring charitable legacy by helping worthy nonprofits make an even bigger difference.
Unleashing our collective power to help others by combining our passions and pocketbooks with the collaborative energy that the family has harnessed since 1878 to make communities stronger.
Questions we’ve heard from nonprofits
The 2021 cycle is the third year for the Scripps Family Impact Fund (SFIF) and we are focusing on healthcare projects. Our board seeks to avoid any controversial funding, so any project that is related to any politically sensitive or divisive subject, for example, is not likely to receive funding from the SFIF.
It is tough to specify exactly what level of funding we will provide in any given year because our first two years were starkly different. Our first year provided over $250,000 to three organizations focused on children, but the figure jumped to more than $1.5 million in 2020 because of the atypical nature of our COVID-19 relief efforts. It is likely that most years will be more akin to the first years’ experience, but we won’t know for certain until the top-three applications are shared with the family funders.
We are transitioning to a grants management software platform and expect to open the invitations by the first week of March 2021. Invitees will receive an email. Grant applications are to be completed and submitted within the system by March 31. The board will narrow the list of prospective recipients to three and then ask the funders to contribute to the SFIF. We expect to notify the three finalists in May. In late June, the grant amounts will be assigned following a vote by the funders.
Because most of the funds will have been collected before the distribution decisions are made, we anticipate recipients will receive their funds mid to late-summer.
We can’t handicap how the funders will vote, but your application should specify a use for the money that will do the most good for your organization and further its mission.
Flexibility is built into our process. We would recommend you submit your application with a menu of options that allows funding for at least one of your projects if you are selected as one of the top three grantees.
Application is by invite only and will be offered to public charities that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to IRC section 501(c)(3). Fiscal sponsors will not be accepted.
We cannot send money to an organization that is based overseas, but we can fund US-based organizations that have international initiatives.
Members of our family have a long history of supporting philanthropic causes, and we are proud to continue that legacy. What we want to see accomplished will change from one year to the next (2021 is for healthcare), but the shared goal that motivates all of us is that our joint effort will make a material difference in the mission of a cause that is easy for all of us to rally around.
This is a way in which we are different from other grant makers. The fund is not powered by an endowed foundation. We will ask our family members to contribute every year, giving us plenty of room to grow in the future.