Oregon State University

Private Foundations

Oregon State University receives substantial support from private foundations, as both gifts and sponsored projects (grants).

Listed below are private foundations in which OSU has a strategic interest, a limited submission policy or complex requirements.  Most require central coordination.

The Research Office works closely with the OSU Foundation to develop and foster relationships with these foundations. To learn more about funding requests to these foundations, please contact:

Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations

phone 503-553-3409,  email martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

Aaron Shonk, Director of Foundation Services

phone (541) 737-6961, email aaron.shonk@oregonstate.edu

Paul DuBois, Foundation Services Coordinator

phone (541) 737-3755, paul.dubois@oregonstate.edu

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Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Annenberg Foundation
Funding requests must be coordinated with OSU Foundation.

Atlantic Philanthropies
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Various application restrictions apply. Discuss funding request with Foundation Relations at OSUF prior to contacting Beckman Foundation.

Bullitt Foundation
Grantees must complete an entire grant year and file a final report prior to re-application. Discuss with Foundation Relations at OSUF prior to contacting Bullitt Foundation.

Carnegie Corporation
Discuss funding request with OSU Foundation prior to contacting sponsor.

Chiles Foundation
For institutional priority only. Applications can only be submitted by OSU Foundation.

Collins Medical Trust
Discuss funding request with OSU Foundation prior to contacting sponsor.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Various application restrictions apply. Discuss funding request with Foundation Relations at OSUF prior to contacting Dreyfus Foundation.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Rarely funds unsolicited inquiries.

The Energy Foundation
Funding requests must be coordinated with OSU Foundation.

Flora Family Foundation
Funding requests are by invitation only.

The Ford Family Foundation
Funding requests must be coordinated with OSU Foundation.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Most funding requests are by invitation only.

Google Foundation (aka google.org)
Funding requests are by invitation only.

W.M. Keck Foundation
All applications must be coordinated through Foundation Relations. Because the Keck Foundation expects proposal submissions through the OSU Foundation, funding requests for research projects are initiated through an internal OSU process beginning with a call by the Research Office for concept papers. There are two funding cycles annually for research projects, with deadlines May 1 and November 1. The Research Office’s call for concept papers are announced in February and September for these funding cycles.

Kresge Foundation
Funding applications must be for university priority projects. Must wait two years from time of payment of last grant before re-applying.

Lemelson Foundation
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Marisla Foundation
Limited to one application per year. Discuss funding request with Foundation Relations at OSUF prior to contacting Marisla Foundation.

James S. McDonnell Foundation
Individual faculty principal investigators applying to JSMF programs (Research Awards, Collaborative Activity Awards, or Scholar Awards) can submit only one application every three years as the lead principal investigator. This restriction applies whether or not the application was funded.

Andrew Mellon Foundation
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Meyer Memorial Trust
Limits applicants to one proposal at a time. May not resubmit a declined proposal for at least 12 months from the date of decline. Funding requests must be coordinated with OSU Foundation.

Miller Foundation
Funding requests must be coordinated with OSU Foundation. If a proposal is declined, a subsequent request from that organization will normally not be considered within a 12-month period. An organization that has received a grant may submit another proposal two or three months prior to the end of that grant period, but no decision will be made on the new request until a final report on the prior grant has been received and approved.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Murdock Charitable Trust
Various restrictions apply to programs at the Murdock Charitable Trusts. Discuss funding request with Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation prior to contacting the sponsor. Funding requests to the Scientific Research Grant program are reserved for institutional priorities only.

Oregon Community Foundation Community Grant Program
Funding requests for this program only must be coordinated with the OS Foundation. Generally restricts to one application per year.

PGE Foundation
Funding requests must be coordinated with the OS Foundation.

Pew Charitable Trusts
Various restrictions apply. Discuss funding request with Foundation Relations at OSUF prior to contacting the sponsor.

Spencer Foundation
Under most circumstances, a grantee may not be named as a principal investigator on two simultaneous research projects funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Turner Foundation, Inc.
Funding requests are by invitation only.

Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
Reserved for OSU institutional priorities. Applications can only be submitted by OSU Foundation.


 

Additional Resources for Private Foundations


Foundation Center Database


The FC database provides a substantial amount of grant and foundation information. This database is available as an annual fee-based subscription.
It is available for free public use at

  • Knight Library at
    University of Oregon, Eugene

 

  • Multnomah County Library
    Government Documents Room
    2nd Floor, Central Library
    801 SW 10th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97205
    Phone: 503-988-5123

Limited information is available free at the Foundation Center’s website

 

 

GrantForward System

Grant Forward is a grant search engine that helps you find grants for your project.

 


Websites for specific foundations


Most large foundations have their own websites with extensive information about their funding interests, application process, and listings of previous grants.

Search the foundation’s name to find their web address.
Use Google search of keywords plus "foundation" (e.g., “Russian art history + foundation”) as a basic tool to research foundation interests.

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