The OHSU Foundation’s Office of Foundation Relations is the one-stop resource for organizations wishing to develop a partnership that supports OHSU’s mission of healing, teaching, discovery, and outreach. We are dedicated to partnering with private and corporate foundations to create a healthy future for our communities. Our team works cross-departmentally to provide a breadth of opportunity for all of our foundation partners. We work to inform our foundation partners of research, programs, and outreach activities at OHSU that align with their funding priorities.
We aim to match the interests of foundations with the work being conducted at OHSU and will connect you with our knowledgeable faculty and staff, exceptional students, state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities for philanthropic support. We welcome the opportunity to discover your place at OHSU, one perfect for fostering your vision of a healthier tomorrow. As the fundraising arm of OHSU, we work collaboratively with all departments to pave the way for productive and collaborative partnerships, and then help facilitate the long-term relationships that result.
Opportunities for partnership
Giving opportunities, grant support, gifts in kind, donor societies, scholarships, research and commercialization
OHSU investigators were awarded over $558 million in grants and contracts in fiscal year 2020. Foundations contributed over $50 million toward that total, and as a result sponsored life-saving research projects, funded outreach programs to support rural areas of Oregon, trained nursing staff on giving aging patients the highest quality of care, helped uninsured and underinsured children and families get access to healthcare, improved our facilities and resources, and so much more.
Breakthroughs for better health
OHSU researchers transform science every day with their discoveries. Whether it is in the lab, the clinic, the community, or the larger world, OHSU’s work challenges the status quo to improve health for all Oregonians and beyond. OHSU deftly adapted to the challenges faced in 2020, including:
- OHSU research informs NIH panel on achieving equity in preventive health services
- First CRISPR gene editing within human body performed at OHSU
- Scientists at OHSU help to develop new vaccine that holds promise in fighting diarrheal disease
- New injection could prevent HIV in nonhuman primates
- Innovative scientific discoveries from OHSU researchers may help to prevent or improve treatment for conditions, including traumatic brain injury or disease, cognitive function, Hepatitis B, various genetic disorders, cancer, hair loss and ADHD
- OHSU researchers receive national grant recognition for research, work tied to alcoholism, brain development, childhood health outcomes, leukemia, heart disease and pregnancy
- OHSU ranks No. 11 on the Nature Index global ‘young universities’ list and No. 42 on Reuters ‘most innovative’ list of U.S. public universities in 2019
An invitation is always extended to foundation representatives to visit OHSU’s campus to investigate potential synergies and avenues of collaboration. During your visit, our team can help arrange meetings for you with appropriate members of the faculty, staff, administration, and student body who may be helpful in reaching your organization’s objectives. Whatever your goals, we will facilitate a program to meet your needs and interests.
Amanda Horton, Assistant Vice President of Foundation Relations
Cathy Kemmerer, MPA
Senior Director of Strategic Foundation Partnerships