Foundation Partners

Become Part of the Foundation of SCA

For almost sixty years, SCA has inspired America’s youth, giving them the tools to make their world—and ours—a better place. SCA provides the training, our agency partners provide the project, but it is our foundation partners who fuel the passion.

Every year, SCA members spend more than 1.5 million hours helping to conserve, protect and maintain our public green spaces, national parks as well as participating in a variety of urban conservation projects. These young participants develop skills that transcend the experience. They become community leaders, project initiators and corporate innovators.


SCA Turns Foundation Goals Into Action 

SCA focuses its expertise in a variety of areas that compliment our foundation partners’ goals and objectives, including:

  • Workforce Development and Diversity:  SCA delivers a continuum of experiences that help young people build careers.  We work to create an inclusive conservation community. SCA provides dedicated training and work opportunities for veterans. (Read more about how SCA changes lives.)
  • A Nonpartisan Bridge for Public and Private Entities: Areas of collaboration include special events, workshops, trainings, public education and community outreach.
  • Thought Leadership: SCA members are trained as leaders, organizers, project planners, volunteer coordinators and motivators. 
  • Local Events and Days of Service: SCA creates turnkey events in communities nationwide with meaningful conservation outcomes. And we provide the online tools to drive engagement.


Join Us

Our partners are a Who’s Who of forward-thinking, environmentally conscious foundations that know the importance of empowering the next generation. The accomplishments and educational experiences of our young participants are the result of our partners’ investment in their potential to become future conservation leaders. We are grateful for their support, which is instrumental to our success. We invite you to join this distinguished list  of SCA partners. 


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Foundation Partners

Mazda Foundation

Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local Foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Washington, DC. SCA has partnered with the Foundation for 20 years to work with local youth on important conservation projects in the Anacostia and Potomac River Watersheds.

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston

Kimball Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

SCA is deeply appreciative of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s support of SCA Community Programs, and is very grateful to receive a $75,000 grant from the Foundation to support SCA’s summer youth employment program. Offered in collaboration with the city’s PSYEP program, SCA crews will engage up to 72 low-income youth (ages 15-19) in paid conservation work and job readiness skills training.

As it has for many years, SCA will work with the Pittsburgh Department of Parks & Recreation and neighborhood associations in placing members in meaningul work projects in city parks, vacant lots, and green spaces. Sixty of them will build and maintain trails, remove invasive plants, revegetate natural areas, clean up trash and debris in parks and vacant lots, and improve picnic and recreation areas. A crew of 12 will install residential rain barrels as part of the Proect 15206 storm water runoff mitigation initiative.

Shell Oil Company Foundation

Shell will continue to support SCA Houston’s community conservation crew program. In partnership with Shell, SCA helps develop youth members as environmental stewards, while increasing their level of community engagement and providing opportunities for continued education in the summer in the fields of math and science. Participants engagement in conservation service improves critical ecosystems and positively impacts their local communities. SCA and Shell are preparing the next generation for conservation leadership in urban neighborhoos throughout Houston.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation supports innovative and creative approaches to advance sustainability and environmental protection in the Garden State. The Foundation works with SCA to create ecosystem resilience and environmentally healthy, sustainable communities in New Jersey; connect people to their natural world; and build an environmental ethic of care and responsibility. For more than 20 years, SCA has worked closely with the Foundation and local youth on projects in Newark, Camden, and parks across the state of New Jersey.

SCA works with the Dodge Foundation to preseve local parks and green spaces and increase accessibility to public lands thoughout the state of New Jersey. SCA connects high school youth to local communities and watersheds through hands-on restoration combined with with job readiness skills and meaningful summer employment while training them as the next generation of New Jerseys’ conservation stewards.

Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Established in 1942 by Godfrey L. Cabot, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust makes grant awards to nonprofit organizations working in the arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for civic and public benefit.  The Trust is generously supporting SCA Boston, an innovative youth development opportunity that uses conservation service to deliver twenty-first-century skills and job-readiness training to diverse, under-served local youth.

Bullitt Foundation

Marisla Foundation

Grable Foundation

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Harold Simmons Foundation

John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

Carruth Foundation, Inc.

Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

Martin-Fabert Foundation

Robert M. Schiffman Foundation

Mars Foundation

The Birmingham Foundation

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Wallace Genetic Foundation

Vidda Foundation - Michael Brewer Fund

Marathon Oil Company

Marathon Oil Corporation will support SCA programs in Houston

Campbell Soup Foundation

Campbell’s Soup Foundation will continue to support SCA programs in Camden. SCA will provide young Camden residents with hands-on training and opportunities to improve the quality of Camden parks and green spaces for the enjoyement of its residents and help the park agencies complete high-priority conservation service projects they would not otherwise have been able to accomplish.

SCA will engage up to 250 lcoal, diverse youth in year-round programming in Camden, including direct support summer community conservation crew program, and in the year-round program to complete nearly 3,000 hours of conservation service with land management agency partners.

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 will support SCA programs in the Houston area.