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 complement 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

American Eagle Outfitters

As a national sponsor of SCA, AE empowers college students from all over the country to take action to conserve our environment. As the initial sponsor of SCA’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program in spectacular locations like the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park, adventure-seeking volunteers make a difference while making memories that last a lifetime. College-aged students performed a range of projects from removing invasive species to repairing and building new trails. Through AE Better World, American Eagle Outfitters’ year-round philanthropy program, the SCA also conducts recruiting activities on nearly 150 college campuses and in high schools nationwide.

“At American Eagle Outfitters, our mantra is Live Your Life, and we believe the SCA helps young people do just that,” states Marcie Eberhart, director of the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation. “It is a powerful partnership with tremendous potential.”

In addition to ASB, hundreds of teenage volunteers in five U.S. cities helped revitalize urban parks nationwide. Sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters, and in partnership with SCA, the I Heart this City initiative debuted in Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC. SCA members and participants from partnering community organizations and school groups engaged in projects ranging from building hiking trails to removing invasive species and cultivating urban farms.

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Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

SCA is grateful to The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for supporting conservation service opportunities for young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for almost 20 years.

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston

Kimball Foundation

Shell Foundation

The partnership between Shell and SCA has assisted both organizations to realize their common goals of youth development through environmental stewardship, community engagement, and continuing education during the summer months for youth in Houston and Colorado.  SCA’s mission is to prepare the next generation of conservation leaders aligns well with Shells environmental, educational, and community objectives for the regions.  The conservation service of SCA crews restores and improves critical ecosystems in the area and positively impacts local communities.  Leaving a positive impact on local communities is a priority goal for Shell.  Together, SCA and Shell can improve the quality of life for the residents of Houston and Colorado and prepare its youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

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.

Boeing Company

SCA has been chosen by the Boeing Company to receive a $50,000 grant to support SCA Chicago's Community Programs. The award enhances SCA's ability to provide a continuum of programs offereing seasonal conservation employment, environmental education, youth development, and career pathway planning activities to more than 100 high school students and young adults. SCA is honored to have received this highly competitive award from Boeing.

Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

SCA has worked with the Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation for more than 15 years to provide conservation service learning opportunities to more thatn 25,000 youth in the DC region.

PNC - New Jersey

PNC New Jersey supports community programs in Newark.

Colcom Foundation

SCA is very pleased and grateful to announce a grant of $100,000 from the Colcom Foundation in Pittsburgh ( to support SCA Community Programs and Sustainability Fellows in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Colcom Foundation, which has environmental conservation and sustainability among its goals for western Pennsylvania, is a major supporter of SCA.

The EACH Foundation

The EACH Foundation supports SCA’s Bay Area programs for youth.

Edward S. Moore Family Foundation

SCA has worked with the Edward S. Moore Family Foundation since 1998 to provide conservation service learning opportunities for youth in the New York Metropolitan area.

Campbell Soup Foundation

SCA has worked with the Campbell Soup Foundation to provide conservation service learning opportunities to youth in the Camden Metropolitan area.

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The “You Have Our Trust” Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is generously supporting SCA’s efforts to heighten its presence and expand its reach to more people and natural resource agencies both locally and regionally. Through enhanced marketing and recruting campaigns, SCA’s surrounding communities will gain exposure to the benefits to be derived from bringing youth and partners together for the good for the good of the environment and the region.

Victoria Foundation

The Student Conservation Association would like to offer its sincerest thanks to the Victoria Foundation for supporting SCA’s high school programs in Newark, New Jersey.

Ernst & Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan supports participation by local high school students in need on SCA crews.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

SCA is grateful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for generously funding a total of ten SCA crew leaders over five years to support consrevation service in Virgin Islands National Park.

Mars Foundation

Thanks to the Mars Foundation for their recent generous gift to support programs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area region, and for partnering with SCA for over twenty years to provide conservation service learning opportunities to youth in the Washington, DC region.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

SCA is pleased to announce the receipt of a $127,417 grant from the NFWF for a local crew of young adults to plant 1,000 trees along the Calumet River in the cities of East Chicago, Whiting, Hammond, and Gary. The plantings will provide a tree canopy and improved water quality in some of the most toxic landscaqpes in the country. The NFWF grant will be matched by $142,565 in case and in-ind contributions from SCA, the municipalities, the US Forest Service, and other sources. The grant is part fo the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund. Administered by the NFWF, the Fund is a partnershop amont ArcelorMittal, The Chicago Community Trust, Crown Family Philanthropies, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Joyce Foundation, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, US Environmental Protection Agency, US fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service. The Fund achieves its impact by supporting projects focused on three goals: 1) reducing stormwater runoff with green infrastructure; 2) enhanceing fish and wildlife habitat; and 3) improving public-use opportunities.

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

SCA has received one of 18 NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance Grants awarded by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is building a nationwide network of volunteer organizations that provide stewardship for America’s enduring resource of wilderness. Our vision is to see each wilderness area within the National Wildernes Preservation System adopted by a wilderness stewardship organization dedicated to protecting, restoring, and nuturing the area’s wilderness.

Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission

Thank you to SEEC for continuing its 31-year history of uniting Canada and U.S. youth through hands-on environmental service on both sides of the border.

The San Francisco Foundation

SCA is very please and grateful to announce a $25,000 grant award from SFF that will support a 12-month conservation program to empower Bay Area youth from diferse backgrounds to connect and become stewards of Bay are parks and open spaces. The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) leverages resources, expertise, and relationships to expand opportunity and achieve equity in the Bay Area. For 66 years, thanks to the generosity and vision of our individual and institutional donor partners, TSFF has grown its endowment and overall assets to $1.3 billion and grants $86 million each year. TSFF serves the San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties. Together we can harness the power of community to expand opportunity.

Ranger Doug's Philanthropic Society

SCA thanks Ranger Doug’s Philanthropic Society for their generous support of the restoration of Goose Lodge at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in the Delmar Civilian conservation Camp in upstate New York.

Garden Club of Philadelphia

SCA is grateful to the Garden Club of Philadelphia for supporting two alumni of Philadelphia’s high school crews to participate in a national high school crew.

Morgan Family Foundation | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

SCA is very pleased and grateful to accept a $25,000 donation from The Morgan Family Foundation in support of Bay Area high School Programs in San Mateo County.

Pinkerton Foundation

The Student Conservation Association is grateful to the Pinkerton Foundation for their generous support of New York City-based community programs.

Mary and Kathleen Harriman Foundation

SCA is grateful for the support of the Mary and Kathleen Harriman Foundation.

Joseph & Vera Long Foundation

SCA is very pleased and grateful to accept a 3 year, $75,000 donation from the Joseph & Vera Long Foundation for its Bay Area Community programs.  The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation has been a long-standing supporter of SCA, funding our programs for 10 years.  This generous gift will help support SCA’s Bay Area Urban Tree Restoration Initiative which will be a year-round urban forestry and citizen science project that will employ 94 underserved youth over three years to support tree planting, tree maintenance, and greenhouse gas reductions.

The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation

SCA gratefully acknowledges the support received from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation for SCA Community Crews in Houston. 

Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation

SCA is pleased and grateful to the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation for its generous gift to support a young adult team doing trail work in the Mat-Su Borough of Alaska.

Harry Chapin Foundation

SCA thanks the Harry Chapin Foundation for their generous support of our work in Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Exelon Foundation

AKC Fund, Inc.

SCA is grateful to the AKC Fund for their generous support of our organization. 

Lampert-Byrd Foundation

SCA thanks the Lampert-Byrd Foundation for its support increasing access for all youth to high quality environmental education and conservation service opportunities.

New Scotland Garden Club

SCA is grateful to the New Scotland Garden Club for supporting participation of alumni of Washington, D.C. high school crews on a national high school crew.

Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust

SCA is pleased to announce a $10,000 contribution from the Jack H. and William M. Light charitable Trust in support of SCA summer and school year youth crews in Houston. The goal of the Light Trust’s giving is the welfare of their children, including their physical and mental health, and their education.

The Batchelor Foundation

SCA appreciates the support of the Batchelor Foundation for its work throughout Florida.

Horizons Foundation

SCA is very grateful to the Horizons Foundation for their generous support of the Seattle Urban Initiatives Programs.

Forest Preserve Foundation

SCA is very grateful for the generoisity of the Forest Preserve Foundation in supporting SCA Community Crews working in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Support from the Foundation increases the number of youth building trails and restoring natural habitats in the Preserves, deepens their experience of nature, and benefits the hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoying the Preserves each year.

PNC Advisors Charitable Trust

SCA is very grateful to receive a $17,500 contribution from the PNC Charitable Trusts for Pittsburgh Summer Employment Crews in 2018. The grant will support 80 or more low-income high school students employed on SCA crews who will work to build trails and restore natural habitats in Pittsburgh’s parks. Crew members will also receive environmental education, youth development activities, and will spend a weekend hiking and camping i the Allegheny National Forest.

Cogswell Benevolent Trust

SCA thanks the Cogswell Benevolent Trust for their support of SCA’s work to provide environmental education in Manchester, New Hampshier through SCA’s New Hampshire Corps.

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area

The SCA is pleased and grateful to announce a $10,000 donation from the Kenai Mountain Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area to support Urban Initiatives in Alaska. 

Hazel Miller Foundation

SCA thanks the Hazel Miller Foundation for their continued and generous support of the Edmonds, WA summer crew.

Laurel Foundation

SCA is very pleased to announce a $30,000 grant from the laurel Foundation in support of SCA Sustainability Fellows program. This award will help SCA provide Pittsburgh and Allegheny County with highly trained college graduates capable of helping the region meet the challenges of global warming and sustainable development. Founded by Cordelia S. May, Laurel Foundation supports arts & culture, environemntal conservation, vocational education, and community development and beautification in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mat-Su Health Foundation

SCA is excited to collaborate with the Mat-Su Health Foundation to provide youth leadership and workforce development opportunities to youth in Alaska’s Mat-Su Borough in 2018 and 2018 creating direct opportunities to support the well-being of local youth and restoring outdoor recreation access to support the health and well-being of local residents. 

Resources Legacy Fund

SCA appreciates a generous grant of $25,000 made through Resources Legacy Fund. 

Jefferson Regional Foundation

The Student Conservation Association would like to offer its sincerest thanks to Jefferson Regional Foundation for supporting SCA’s high school programs in Pittsburgh.

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

SCA is very grateful to the Bullitt Foundation for their continued support of the Northwest Youth Conservation Through Service Program.

Marisla Foundation

Grable Foundation

SCA is grateful to The Grable Foundation for their continued support of our Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives.

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.

The Morningstar Foundation

SCA has worked with The Morningstar Foundation for more than 15 years to provide conversation service learning opportunities to more than 25,000 youth in the DC region.

The Alice Lawrence Foundation, Inc.

SCA has worked with The Alice Lawrence Foundation for years to provide conservation service learning opportunities for youth in the New York City Metropolitan region.

Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation

The Student Conservation Association would like to thank the Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation for its support of SCA’s educational programming with students in Manchester, NH.

National Forest Foundation

SCA is proud to enter its second decade of collaboration with the National Forest Foundation's Ski Conservation Stewardship Fund. This summer four interns will launch their conservation careers through SCA internships on White River National Forest associated with the National Forest Foundation.

Garden Club of Allegheny County

SCA is grateful to the Garden Club of Allegheny County for supporting SCA’s Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives and making a pathway to conservation careers possible for Pittsburgh’s young people.

Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation

The Student Conservation Association is grateful to the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation for their support of New York City-based community programs.