Collins Foundation- Responsive Grantmaking

Collins Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $10,000,000

Next deadline: Oct 17, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Dec 12, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Feb 21, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Apr 18, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Jun 20, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Aug 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

Our Mission toward an Equitable Future

Formed in 1947 by Truman W. Collins Sr. and other members of the family of E.S. Collins, The Collins Foundation invests in Oregon nonprofit organizations, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. As a funder and partner, we are committed to the pursuit of equity, both in how we allocate resources across Oregon’s diverse communities and how we shape our internal structures.

Responsive Grantmaking

Responsive Grantmaking is our oldest and largest program, through which the Foundation awards approximately $10,000,000 each year to support a broad range of issue areas across the state of Oregon.

The Collins Foundation seeks to be a diverse and inclusive organization and racial equity is a high priority in our grantmaking. Further, we promote inclusion for all communities that are systematically denied access to resources and the opportunity to make decisions on matters that affect them, particularly:

  • people of color,
  • immigrants and refugees,
  • people with disabilities,
  • LGBTQ people,
  • low-income individuals and families, and
  • rural communities.

Funding Priorities

A central priority for the Foundation is to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through our grantmaking. We are interested in supporting organizations at various stages in their pursuit of equity, and many successful applicants will have made efforts to learn about the root causes of social inequities and will have thought about how racial equity informs their work and operations. 

Each year, we award significant funding in the areas of:

  • arts and culture;
  • child welfare and development;
  • education;
  • environmental protection;
  • health equity; and
  • a broad range of efforts to enhance community welfare.

Grants are made in support of programs and projects, capacity building efforts, collaborations, capital projects, challenge match campaigns, and general operations. Please review the FAQ page for more information about the types of grants awarded by the Foundation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • We review grant applications six times a year from organizations that meet the following requirements:
    • Organizations with staff and leadership in Oregon and a proposed project or scope of work that directly benefits the residents of Oregon.
    • Organizations that are committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.
    • Organizations that either:
      • (a) have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not "private foundations" as defined under section 509(a) of the Code; or
      • (b) have tax exemption as a governmental, Tribal, or other publicly-funded entity; or
      • (c) have a qualified, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
    • Organizations that have current registration with the offices of the Oregon State Attorney General and the Secretary of State, as required by law.
    • Organizations with at least four independent board members.

Preferences:

  • In considering applications for substantial projects, the Foundation prefers to participate with other contributors, and strongly encourages applicants to seek support from other sources to share in the total project.
  • The Foundation prioritizes support for the implementation phase of projects over earlier planning stages, so requests for planning and research are generally not competitive.
  • Particularly in the areas of health, housing, workforce development, and asset building, we focus our grants to benefit low-income communities.  

Ineligibility:

  • Grants are not made to specific individuals.
  • The Foundation normally will not consider an additional grant request from an organization receiving a multi-year grant until twelve months following the final payment of the multi-year grant.
  • Grants normally are not made to elementary, secondary, or public higher education institutions; or to individual religious congregations.
  • Grants are not normally made for the following:
    • Elementary schools, secondary schools, or public higher education institutions.
      • Exceptions include alternative schools serving students at risk of dropping out, tuition-free private schools serving low-income youth, or schools where there is a long history of Collins family involvement.
    • Individual religious congregations.
    • Hospitals within healthcare systems.
    • Development office personnel, marketing, fundraising events, endowments, operational deficits, financial emergencies, or debt retirement.
    • Animal welfare, sports recreation, or short-term events; and requests for planning and research are generally not competitive.
  • Grants are not made for development office personnel, marketing staff or activities, fundraising events, consumable goods for distribution to clients (e.g. food, clothing, school supplies), individual scholarships, endowments, operational deficits, financial emergencies, or debt retirement.
  • While, we have funded civic engagement, community organizing, and systems change work – particularly when it’s rooted in and led by communities that have been excluded from leadership roles – the IRS prohibits us from funding lobbying or voter registration activities. This resource from Bolder Advocacy is a good primer on the limits on private foundation support for advocacy.
  • Grants are rarely made for sports or outdoor recreation programs, short term events, youth camping programs, and programs involving animals.