The Collins Foundation (Oregon)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Collins Foundation


    The Collins Foundation was established in 1974 by Truman W. Collins as an independent, private foundation dedicated to supporting religious, educational, cultural, and scientific endeavors throughout Oregon. Its overall goal is to improve the quality of life for all residents in the state. The Foundation funds colleges and universities, organized religious groups, artistic, cultural, and civic organizations, and agencies serving the needs of the community's health, welfare, and youth.

    Funding Priorities & Guidelines

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Particularly in the areas of health, housing, workforce development, and asset building, we focus our grants to benefit low-income communities. 
    • Grants are rarely made for sports or outdoor recreation programs, short term events, youth camping programs, and programs involving animals. If you're considering applying in one of these areas, you should contact a program officer before starting your LOI.
    • 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.

    History of Funding

    2022 grant recipients can be viewed here:

    Additional Information

    Application guidelines are available online at


    Cynthia Addams

    Cynthia Addams
    1618 S.W. 1st Ave., Ste. 505
    Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 227-7171
    (503) 295-3794

    Leann Do

    Leann Do
    1618 S.W. 1st Ave., Ste. 505
    Portland, OR 97201

    Lauren Waudé

    Lauren Waudé
    1618 S.W. 1st Ave., Ste. 505
    Portland, OR 97201

    Kweli Jaoko

    Kweli Jaoko
    1618 S.W. 1st Ave., Ste. 505
    Portland, OR 97201

  • Eligibility Details

    We review grant applications 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 both the offices of the Oregon Department of Justice and the Oregon Secretary of State, as required by law.
    • Organizations with at least four independent board members.

    NOTE: Individual religious congregations, hospitals within large healthcare systems, public schools (including public universities), charter schools, and private K-12 schools that charge tuition are generally not eligible for funding.

    Deadline Details

    The next funding cycle will open in the summer of 2024. Refer to the foundation website for updates.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by proposal. Recent grants have ranged from $5,000 - $300,000.

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