The Whipple Foundation Fund

The Whipple Foundation Fund was established in 2003 by Mildred Whipple to improve, facilitate and enhance lifelong learning for the citizens of Douglas County.

Application Guidelines

The Whipple Foundation Fund seeks to help and encourage the people of Douglas County to find a sense of place through learning and have the opportunity to realize their potential. The Fund's core values include a belief that lifelong learning should be available and accessible to all citizens in Douglas County.  

While the primary focus for the past several years has been Early Childhood Education the fund supports lifelong learning for all ages. Please take a look at the Past Whipple Foundation Fund Recipients to learn what kinds of projects have received support in the past five years.

There are two grant deadlines annually: March 31 for a May OCF board decision and September 15 for a November OCF board decision. Please email completed applications to:

Important exceptions:  

  • If you have submitted a separate grant application to the OCF Community Grant Program, an OCF Special Initiative, or another OCF Fund for the same project, please contact to discuss whether an application is necessary.  
  • If you are a school applying for assistance for student teams (such as FBLA, FFA, etc.) to attend national conferences or state conventions please contact for special application instructions. (No athletic teams).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Joan Kerns, Donor Relations Officer, Southern Willamette Valley: or 541.431.7099.