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
Sinkey, A. 2014 CSMC-OMSI Partnership for Public Engagement (COPPE) Final Report COPPE Summative
Curtis, R., & Kellett, K. 2014 Sustainability: Outreach Campaign Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
Sinkey, A., Walther, B. & Rosino, L. 2014 ResearchLink Summative Evaluation Report ResearchLink Summative
Cardiel, C. & Pattison, S. 2014 Science on the Move: Front-End Evaluation Report Science on the Move Front-end
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Exhibition Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Envisioning Sustainability Activity Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Green Exhibit Checklist Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Green Exhibit Checklist Examples Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Sustainable Decision-Making Activity Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Sustainable Decision-Making Tool Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Sustainable Decision-Making Tool Examples Sustainability Other
ExhibitSEED 2013 ExhibitSEED Three Pillars of Sustainability for Museums Sustainability Other
Pattison, S., Cohn, S., & Kollman, L. 2013 Team-Based Inquiry: A Practical Guide for Using Evaluation to Improve Informal Education Experiences NISE Network Other
Burlacu, G. 2013 Salmon Sidewalk Summative Evaluation Report Salmon Sidewalk Summative
Garibay Group 2013 Design Zone Exhibition Summative Report Design Zone Summative
Yalowitz, S., Foutz, S., & Messick Cherry, T. 2013 Zoo in You: Front-End Evaluation Zoo in You Front-end
Cardiel, C., & Reyes, N. 2013 Needs Assessment for Potential Host Institutions of NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Exhibit NASA Education and Public Outreach Needs Assessment
Garibay Group 2013 Design Zone Professional Development Summative Report Design Zone Summative
Cardiel, C., Rosino, L., & Velazquez, H. 2013 Earth from Space: Summative Evaluation Report Earth from Space Summative
Reyes, N. 2013 Nanotechnology Classroom Program: Evaluation Report Energy and the Environment Formative
Laurie, M., Shagott, T., & Wentz, A. 2013 Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative Evaluation Report Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative
Ewing, S., & Montiel, M. 2012 Beyond Fact: Everybody Reads Book Series Beyond Fact Summative
Rosino, L., LeComte-Hinely, J., & Grover, J. 2012 Generations of Knowledge: Front-End Evaluation Report Generations of Knowledge Front-end
Rosino, L., Benne, M., Reyes, N., & Pattison, S. 2012 Energy and the Environment: Program Evaluation FY11 Final Report Energy and the Environment Formative
Patricia A. McNamara 2011 Every body Eats Let's Get Active Summative Evaluation Report Everybody Eats Let's Get Active Summative
McNamara, P. 2011 Every Body Eats and Lets Get Active: The OMSI-SMRC Partnership 2005-2010 Every Body Eats and Let's Get Active Summative
Pattison, S. 2011 Access Algebra Staff Facilitation Design Zone Formative
Ault, P. C. 2011 Salmon Camp Research Team Renewal 2010 Final Evaluation Report Salmon Camp Summative
OMSI 2010 Access Algebra Formative Study Design Zone Formative
Briggs, M. 2009 How Teachers' Instructional Choices Affect Students' Perceptions of a Science Center Field Trip: Five Cases Master's Thesis Other