Meet the Funders: Participating Foundations

The following funders had planned to attend the 2020 conference, which has been cancelled due to public health concerns. We hope to engage them in future opportunities to engage with conference attendees during the Meet the Funders sessions.

The Meet the Funders Preparation Guide is required reading for everyone who enrolls in the Meet the Funders session; it offers important details about the structure of the session and your responsibility for coming prepared to effectively engage with funders and fellow nonprofit representatives.

We’ve provide you with the tools.  It’s up to you to be prepared! Click on any name to learn more about the participating foundations. It’s never too early to start your research.

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

**Please note – Ben B. Cheney Foundation will have two tables at the 11:00am Meet the Funders Session and will NOT have representatives at the 1:30pm Meet the Funders Session!***

The Foundation makes grants in communities where the Cheney Lumber Company was active. The Foundation’s goal is to improve the life in those communities by making grants for a wide range of activities. The Foundation’s efforts in Southern Oregon are focused on Jackson County along with grants to areas in the northernmost areas of California where the Cheney Lumber Company was active. A few grants are also made in Josephine County. The Foundation prefers to make its grants on a project basis rather than priding for ongoing operating support. The Foundation wants to provide resources that compliment the usual and customary resources that support an organization’s work. Click HERE for The Ben B. Cheney Foundation information page.

The Carpenter Foundation 

The purpose of the Carpenter Foundation is to add opportunity, choice inclusiveness, enrichment and a climate for change for those living in the Rogue Valley.  The Foundation makes grants in the areas of human service, arts, education, and public interest.  The Foundation makes grants only in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Click HERE for The Carpenter Foundation information page.

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation 

The mission of the Foundation is to offer assistance in youth education, strengthening the home and family, youth programs, and in general to add to the quality of life for people in the community.  Geographic focus: Douglas, Coos, Lane, Deschutes, Klamath, Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Click HERE for the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation information page.

The Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation headquartered in Roseburg, Oregon, with the mission: Successful Citizens and Vital Rural Communities. Started in 1957 by the late Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford, the Foundation now manages large, internal programs and offers scholarships. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to public charities. Focus areas include children, education, visual arts, engagement, economy and community. The Foundation primarily serves rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. The Scholarship Programs offer assistance to residents of rural and urban Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

Click HERE for The Ford Family Foundation information page.

Four Way Community Foundation

The Four Way Community Foundation was created by citizens with foresight and commitment. They wanted to make our community the best possible place to live and raise a family. The Foundation is a way toward greater understanding and caring between friends and neighbors through strengthening the charitable, educational, cultural and social fabric of Josephine and western Jackson counties.

Click HERE for the Four Way Community Foundation Information Sheet.

Gordon Elwood Foundation

The Gordon Elwood Foundation funds projects primarily for educational and human service purposes, with an emphasis on low-income/at-risk youth, individuals, and families; and leverages resources to increase opportunities for new thinking and approaches on community wide issues.  Geographic focus: Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry Counties.

Click HERE for the Gordon Elwood Foundation information page.

Leightman Maxey Foundation 

The Leightman Maxey Foundation’s mission is to provide educational experiences related to careers, finance and nutrition for individuals to encourage and enable them to be self-reliant, productive members of society.  Geographic focus: Southern Oregon, specifically Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry Counties.

Click HERE for the Leightman Maxey Foundation information page.

The Kinsman Foundation 

Funding for historic preservation, native wildlife rehabilitation and appreciation; and arts, culture and humanities, principally theatre, photography and literary arts.  Geographic focus: Oregon and southern Washington. Contact:

Click HERE for The Kinsman Foundation information page.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Major emphases are on education, health and human services, arts and culture, science projects, and scientific research. Grants are made for a wide variety of capital or programmatic projects to both community-based and faith-based organizations.

Click HERE for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust information page.

Oregon Community Foundation 

OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 2,800 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $118 million in grants and scholarships in 2017. Funding priorities include: health and well-being of vulnerable populations, educational opportunities & achievement, arts & cultural organizations, community livability, and economic vitality. Specific objectives within each of these priorities and much more information can be found at

Click HERE for the Oregon Community Foundation information page.

Robert & Frances Chaney Family Foundation

The mission of the Robert & Frances Chaney Family Foundation is to benefit the welfare of children and families and to support public safety.  Grants are awarded in the areas of human services, public safety, faith based programs and other charitable causes.  Geographic focus:  Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon; Barry County, Missouri and Cabell County, West Virginia.

Click HERE for the Robert & Frances Chaney Family Foundation information page.

Schwemm Family Foundation

The Schwemm Family Foundation supports community-based charitable organizations that focus on education, literature and the natural environment. The foundation seeks to promote programs and initiatives that strengthen community ties through:

  • Enhancing natural environments

    To sustain and protect resilient, local ecosystems and related biodiversity by focusing on proactive conservation, comprehensive restoration, and related educational efforts.

  • Preserving local history and culture

    To help instill a sense of connection and belonging to one’s community by preserving and sharing history and cultural heritage through literature, digital archiving, and other interpretive means.

  • Promoting healthy, active lifestyles

    To better communities and improve the lives of individuals by providing opportunities for growing and eating healthy, local foods and increasing access to a variety of outdoor fitness and recreational endeavors.

Click HERE for the Schwemm Family Foundation information page.

West Family Foundation 

The mission of the West Family Foundation is to give back to the community and to provide a better opportunity in life for children and families.  To support the mission grants are awarded in the areas of public school enrichment, human services and other charitable causes.  Geographic focus:  Jackson, Josephine, Curry and Klamath Counties.

Click HERE for the West Family Foundation information page.

Wild Rivers Community Foundation

Wild Rivers Community Foundation (WRCF) is an affiliate of Humboldt Area Foundation, promoting and encouraging generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen communities in Del Norte County, California, and Curry County, Oregon. The foundation assists individuals, organizations and companies to fund important community activities and efforts. It also works with community partners and leaders to address social and regional challenges and promote common goals.

Click HERE for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation information page.

For reference, listed below are the foundations that participated in the 2019 ONLC sessions that have not yet confirmed for 2020

The Collins Foundation

The Foundation exists to improve, enrich, and give greater expression to humanitarian endeavors in the state of Oregon and to assist in improving the quality of life in the state. As a general-purpose, responsive grant maker, the Foundation serves people in urban and rural communities across Oregon through its grants to nonprofit organizations working for the common good. The Foundation’s broad areas of interest include arts & humanities, children & youth, community welfare, education, environment, health & science, and religion.

Click HERE for The Collins Foundation information page.

Coquille Tribal Community Fund

The Coquille Tribal Community Fund provides project grants to non-governmental organizations in Coos, Lane, Douglas, Jackson and Curry Counties in southwestern Oregon.  The primary focus of the Fund is toward programs or projects in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gaming, the environment, arts and culture and historic preservation. The Fund also makes grants to governmental agencies in counties that overlap the Tribe’s Reservation.

Click HERE for The Coquille Tribal Community Fund information page.

Jackson County Cultural Coalition

The Jackson County Cultural Coalition is the local affiliate of the Oregon Cultural Trust, a statewide cultural plan that raises and invests significant new funds in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds are distributed to local communities to support their cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts.

Click HERE for the Jackson County Cultural Coalition information page.

The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation 

Established to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education.  Primary interests in the arts include enhancing programming and audience building, financial capacity and stability, and strengthening financial planning and business models.  The Foundation supports K-12 educational organizations that lift or strengthen student achievement.

Click HERE for The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation information page.