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
Blackford, J. 2009 School-museum partnership: Bridging formal and informal science learning in the elementary school Master's Thesis Other
Garibay Group 2008 Public Audience Front-End Research: Boys & Girls Club Access Algebra Front-end
OMSI 2008 LibraryThing: Sharing Books, Making Connections Library Thing Needs Assessment
Dierking, L. 2008 Access Algebra: Effective Strategies for Promoting Informal Mathematics Learning Design Zone Other
Kindel, G. 2007 Exhibit Topic Selection Report Exhibit Topic Selection Other
OMSI 2007 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom A Survey Report Chemistry in the K8 Classroom Front-end
OMSI 2007 Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: A Survey Report Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom Front-end
OMSI 2007 NOISE Communication Survey NOISE Other
OMSI 2007 Fitness Exhibit Front End Report Let's Get Active Front-end
Ault, PC (NWREL) 2007 Salmon Camp 2006 Final Report Salmon Camp Summative
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end
McNamara, P. 2006 Nutrition Exhibit Front-End Report Every Body Eats Front-end
Dancu, T.N. 2006 Enhancing conceptual knowledge and attitudes toward science for lower socioeconomic status, African American students through interactive museum visitation, A Master's Thesis Other Other
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end
OMSI 2006 NISE nano prototyping report NISE Network Formative
Wallace, J. 2005 Distance Learning Formative Report JASON Formative
McNamara, P 2005 Amazing Feats of Aging Final Report Amazing Feats of Aging Summative
People, Places and Design Research 2005 Technoquest Summative Innovation Station Summative
Krassner, D. 2005 Assessing Self-Esteem and Views of Science in High School Students Participating in a Museum-Based Service Learning Program Master's Thesis Other
Ault, P. C. 2004 Salmon Camp Annual Report Salmon Camp Formative
OMSI 2004 Latino Rising Stars Latino Rising Stars Other
Wallace, J. 2004 Distance Learning Front End Report JASON Front-end
OMSI 2004 Native American Technology Family Survey Needs Assessment Report Generations of Knowledge Needs Assessment
OMSI 2004 Latino Sundays Latino Sundays Other
Inverness Research 2004 Moneyville Exhibit Summative Moneyville Summative
OMSI 2003 Early Childhood Education Hall and Tech Hall Swap ECE and Tech Hall Swap Other
Evergreene Research with Garibay Group 2003 Animal Secrets Summative Animal Secrets Summative
OMSI 2003 Latinas en Ciencia Final Report Latinas en Ciencia Remedial
OMSI 2003 OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club Remedial
Gyllenhal and Cheng 2003 Outdoors Indoors Front-End Literature Review Animal Secrets Front-end