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 advisory committee will consider the following issues as they deliberate and make recommendations to the OCF board of directors for grants from The Whipple Foundation Fund:

Libraries

The Whipple Foundation Fund wishes to support the reopening of libraries that used to be part of the Douglas County Library System.  This includes support of individual libraries, efforts to collaborate, and efforts to work toward reestablishing shared collections.  Ongoing operating support will be considered if there are clear plans that lead to sustainable funding from the community.   While all libraries in Douglas County are eligible to apply, emphasis is placed on the reopening of the Mildred Whipple Library in Drain.  

Encouraging civic engagement and leadership development

The Whipple Foundation Fund intends to make an annual grant to the American Leadership Forum to support the participation of a Douglas County emerging leader.

Early Childhood programs from prenatal to kindergarten readiness

The Whipple Foundation Fund will place emphasis on funding strategic initiatives to address school readiness and healthy families in collaboration with other funders.  This may include programs that support prenatal and women’s health, parenting education, child abuse prevention and school readiness.

While the above stated priorities will receive high consideration other projects that support the education of the citizens of Douglas County may apply.  For additional information and/or questions please contact Joan Kerns, 541-431-7099, jkerns@oregoncf.org.

There are two grant deadlines annually: January 15 for a spring OCF board decision and July 15 for a fall OCF board decision. Please email completed applications to: advisedfunds@oregoncf.org.

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 jkerns@oregoncf.org 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 jkerns@oregoncf.org for special application instructions. (No athletic teams).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Joan Kerns, Donor Relations Officer, Southern Willamette Valley: jkerns@oregoncf.org or 541.431.7099.