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.
Meet the Funders Preparation Guide
Congratulations on making the decision to participant in the ONLC “Meet the Funders.” This is a unique opportunity for ONLC participants and the preparation you do before the conference will have a tremendous impact on your experience.
- Will the session be productive?
- Will you leave the session with knowledge that you didn’t have before you arrived?
- Will you feel as if you represented your organization well?
Come prepared and the answer will be yes!
Meet the Funders Structure
Foundation representatives will be seated at tables with a limited number of seats around them. Choose the first foundation you would like to meet and have a seat. The ONLC “Meet the Funders” moderator will begin the first 20 minute session. The foundation representative will make a very brief statement about their foundation, their grant process and their priorities. This should be a review for you if you have done your research. The foundation representative will then answer questions. Please have concise questions prepared as time is limited and everyone at the table deserves a chance to ask a question. The moderator will announce when the session is over and it will be time to move to another table. To maintain the flow of these sessions, it is imperative that you move on and choose a new foundation for each round. There will be time to visit three foundations during each “Meet the Funders” session.
Space is limited and available on a first come basis. You will receive a survey at the end of March asking you to list which foundations you hope to meet during the session. Your answers to this survey will help us design seating during the sessions.
Tips and Information for Success
Research the foundations – Use the website! The ONLC website’s “Participating Foundations” page is an incredible resource. There are short descriptions and links to information pages on each of the foundations.
Know the foundation’s funding priorities – For example, it would not be a productive use anyone’s time at your table to ask questions about an environmental project if the foundation only funds the arts.
Have a plan before the session begins – The foundations’ locations will be available on the website in April as well in the conference guide you will receive at registration. Be prepared. Know the foundation reps you hope to see. The session changes move quickly.
“Meet the Funders” sessions are designed to gather information – Ask questions that aren’t already answered on the foundation’s website. Be clear and concise with your questions. Be respectful of your colleagues and allow everyone an opportunity to engage with the representative.
Can you make an informative, effective, and concise “elevator pitch” in 60 seconds? – The “Meet the Funders” sessions are designed to gather information and make face-to-face contact. If you have an opportunity to continue the conversation with a foundation representative during lunch, between sessions, or at the NAO/RVNN Reception, how will you quickly and clearly describe your organization? Prepare your pitch in advance and practice it.
Bring business cards and printed information – Whether you have the opportunity to make your pitch or not, sharing your business card and printed information about your organization is a great way to network.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask us using the contact form. Above all else – be prepared!
We look forward to seeing you at “Meet the Funders.”
We are currently confirming foundations for the 2019 ONLC. For reference, listed below are the foundations that participated in the 2018 ONLC “Meet the Funders” sessions.
Anna May Family Foundation
To help those most in need who are less able to help themselves. We are less concerned with making many grants than with making grants in response to the greatest need at any given time. Geographic focus: tax exempt organizations in Jackson County whose programs enhance the well-being of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable people, emphasizing children, women, elders and minorities.
Click HERE for the Anna May Family Foundation information page.
Arthur R. Dubs Foundation
The Arthur R. Dubs Foundation was formed in 1996 to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Arthur R. Dubs, a genuine outdoorsman, filmmaker and philanthropist. The Foundation strives to empower youth; promote mentally, physically and spiritually healthy families; and inspire the love of wilderness areas. The Arthur R. Dubs Foundation views grant awards as a partnership and are excited to learn about your work; eager to partner with organizations whose primary purpose assist us in achieving our mission; and optimistic that together we can improve our communities for generations to come.
Click HERE to visit the Arthur R. Dubs Foundation information page.
Ben B. Cheney Foundation
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.
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.
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.
First Interstate Foundation
Over the last 25 years, the First Interstate Foundation has contributed $20 million dollars to charitable organizations and causes that improve and maintain the quality of life in our communities. Our deepest gratitude to all of the organizations that we have partnered with over the years to make our communities a better place to live and work. The First Interstate Foundation grants in two main areas: Community Development and Leadership Grants.
Click HERE for the First Interstate 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE for The Kinsman Foundation information page.
Meyer Memorial Trust
We work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas, and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. We fulfill our mission using a mix of strategic, proactive and responsive investments, including grant making, loans, initiatives, commissioning research, supporting policy advocacy and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies. We grant in a broad range of funding areas, including, but not limited to, education; affordable housing; arts, culture and the humanities; conservation and the environment; health; human services; and public affairs and social benefit.
Click HERE for the Meyer Memorial Trust 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.
The Oregon Community Foundation
OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. OCF currently manages more than 1800 charitable funds and each year distributes more than $70 million in grants and scholarships. Funding priorities include: health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations; educational opportunities & achievement; arts & cultural organizations; and community livability, environment & citizen engagement. Specific objectives within each of these priorities and much more information can be found at www.oregoncf.org
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.
U.S. Bank Foundation
The U.S. Bancorp Foundation provides contributions to nonprofit organizations in our priority areas of affordable housing and economic opportunity, education, and artistic and cultural enrichment.
Click HERE for the U.S. Bank 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.