Doing it together

We are committed to equipping everyone with the skills and confidence to keep asking questions and to solve problems using critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. We couldn't do it without our Corporate and Foundation Partnerships. 

Corporate Sponsorships

Reach new audiences, improve brand recognition, engage clients, and reward employees. With plenty of sponsorship and membership options, you'll be a hero for supporting science education in your community. 

Contact Patricia Brooke for more information. 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring OMSI's headlining exhibitions is a great way to support science while introducing visitors to your company or foundation. Upcoming Attractions:

  • Exquisite Creatures (October 5 - February 17, 2020)
    Exquisite Creatures celebrates the beauty of Earth’s biodiversity. The exhibit, created by Oregon-based artist Christopher Marley, showcases three-dimensional displays of animals, minerals, and plants from around the world. 

  • Impossible Science LIVE with Jason Latimer: (February 2020)
    Jason Latimer is a world champion illusionist, curator of the iconic Fleet Science Center in San Diego, co-host of the Science Channel series SciJinks and Oregon native who unites magic and science to inspire curiosity and demonstrate how the right question changes everything.
  • BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life (March 7 - September 13, 2020)
    Visitors will get the inside story on how their bodies live and changes through time—as they grow and mature from infancy to old age. More than 100 remarkably preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development while also demonstrating lifestyle choices can shape the body.

Foundation Partnerships

Grant funding from local, regional and national private foundations—accompanied by support from government agencies—is crucial to our work.

Hedinger Family Foundation

The Hedinger Family Foundation has provided an extraordinary 10-year gift benefiting a variety of programs for young science learners, including:

Financial aid for Title 1 schools for traveling classroom programs and assemblies, field trips, and teacher education;

Scholarships for underserved youth to attend OMSI residential camps and classes;

Rising Stars, which provides teen volunteer opportunities and job training;

and general operating support to provide participatory science education.

National Science Foundation

OMSI has enjoyed a long and productive history with The National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency mandated to advance new discoveries in science across the nation.

NSF funds have been instrumental in developing some of OMSI’s best-loved exhibits. NSF also provides key support to our ongoing goal of becoming an institution that appeals to underserved communities, through support for bi-lingual exhibits (Spanish/English).

Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family foundation primarily serves rural communities – those under 35,000 in population not adjacent to a major metropolitan area - in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.

They make grants to public charities, offer scholarships to select youth, and manage large internal programs.

Collins Foundation

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.

They are committed to the pursuit of equity, both in how we allocate resources across Oregon’s diverse communities and how internal structures are shaped.

Oregon Community Foundation

OCF puts donated dollars to work for Oregon, with more than 2000 donors and 3291 nonprofits, awarding $109 million in grants and scholarships annually. Its mission is to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy.

As a statewide community foundation we work alongside donors, stewarding their priorities into strategic giving to support diverse communities across Oregon, creating lasting, transformative change.

Murdock Charitable Trust

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) helped OMSI organize the Small Museums Research Collective (SMRC)—a network of museums throughout the country that share resources, exhibit concepts, designs and audience data.

NIH recently provided cornerstone funding for a major new traveling exhibit: The Zoo in You: Exploring the Human Microbiome. This 2,000-square-foot exhibit will travel to national science centers, health museums, and explore the cutting-edge research of NIH’s Human Microbiome Project.


IMLS is an independent federal agency that empowers America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research and policy development.

Evaluation Reports
Author Year Title Project Study Type
La Placa Cohen and Slover-Linett Audience Research 2021 Culture + Community in a Time of Transformation Culture Track Other
Herran, C., & Shagott, T. 2021 Evolving the Museum Experience Summative Evaluation IMLS Summative
Randol et al., 2021 2021 C-PIECE Framework: Collaborative Practices at Interactive Engineering Challenge Exhibits Designing Our Tomorrow—Mobilizing the Next Generation of Engineers Other
Randol et al., 2021 2021 Exploring patterns of collaborative practices at interactive engineering challenge exhibits Designing Our Tomorrow—Mobilizing the Next Generation of Engineers Other
Shagott et al., 2021 2021 The study of collaborative practices at interactive engineering challenge exhibits— background and methods (The C-PIECE Study) Designing Our Tomorrow—Mobilizing the Next Generation of Engineers Other
Herran et al., 2021 2021 Exhibit Features and Visitor Groups’ Engineering Design Practices Designing our Tomorrow ― Mobilizing the next generation of engineers Other
La Placa Cohen and Slover-Linett Audience Research 2021 Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis Culture Track Other
Benoit-Bryan et al., 2020 2021 Centering the Picture; The role of race and ethnicity in cultural engagement in the U.S. Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis: A Special Edition of Culture Track Other
Larson, A. & Kealy, K. 2021 Winter Worlds Front-End Evaluation Report Winter Worlds (Snow) Front-end
Herran, C. & Randol, S. 2021 Interactive Family Play Front-End Evaluation SEPA with support from NIH Front-end
Spencer et al., 2020 2020 Promoting Educational Trailheads for Youth: A Retrospect YESTEM Other
Spencer, B. & Rojas-Salas, M. 2020 The Epicenter/El Epicentro Summative Evaluation Report MOVE Project Summative
Herran, C. & Randol, S. 2020 Interactive Family Learning in Support of Early Brain Development Formative Evaluation Report SEPA Formative
Rojas, M., & Benne, M. 2020 Play Labs Final Summative Report IMLS Summative
Rojas-Salas, M., Hüttmann, I., Cardiel, C. & Benne, M. 2020 Designing our Tomorrow--Mobilizing the Next Generation of Engineers Public Audience Front-end Evaluation Designing Our Tomorrow Front-end
Larson, A. & Kealy, K. 2018 Under the Arctic:Digging into Permafrost Summary Evaluation Report Hot Times in Cold Places: The Hidden World of Permafrost Summative
Ramos-Montañez, S., Randol, S., Herran, C., Pattison, S.A., Rubin, A., Shagott, T., Andanen, E. & Benne, M. 2018 REVEAL: Emergent Activity Frames in Facilitated Family Interactions at Math Exhibits REVEAL Other
Garibay Group 2017 Designing Our World Phase II Summative Evaluation Report Designing Our World (DOW) Summative
Pattison, S.A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E. & Dierking, L.D. 2017 REVEAL: Culturally Responsive Research Framework REVEAL Other
Andanen, E., Rubin, A., Pattison. S.A., Gontan, I. & Bromley, C. 2017 Responsive Museum Facilitation: A Video-Based Reflection Guide for Engaging with Families at Interactive Exhibits REVEAL Other
Pattison, S.A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E. & Dierking, L.D. 2017 Staff Facilitation that Supports Learning in Exhibits: Findings and Recommendations from the REVEAL Project REVEAL Other
Garibay, C. 2017 REVEAL Process Evaluation Report on Culturally Responsive Research REVEAL Other
Kuyumjian, T.A. 2016 Farm to Science Initiative Summative Evaluation Report Farm to Science Initiative Summative
Stein, J., Valdez, S., Wasserman, D., Wojton, M.A. & Kuyumjian, T.A. 2016 Roots of Wisdom Summative Evaluation Public Audience Impacts Roots of Wisdom Summative
Stein, J. & Valdez, S. 2016 Roots of Wisdom Summative Evaluation Professional Audience Impacts Roots of Wisdom Summative
Garibay Group 2016 Designing Our World Phase I Summative Evaluation Report Designing Our World (DOW) Summative
Yalowitz, S. & Wilcox, E. 2016 Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome/El microbioma humano Summative Evaluation Report Zoo in You Summative
Weiss, S. 2016 Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative Evaluation Report Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative
Sinkey, A., Rosino, L. and Francisco, M. 2014 Designing Our World: Public Audiences Front-End Evaluation Report Designing Our World Front-end
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Professional Development Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative