Open Excellence is the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. We are excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website and new look. Come check it out, and join us as we work to bring excellence to the practice of mental health care.

Ways To Give

Three easy ways to give, three effective ways to reform mental health care.

Excellence is a unique, beautifully structured way to make a difference in a field that is ripe for change and needs your help. Those already committed to the effort include some of the most impressive researchers, thoughtful voices and visionary philanthropists anywhere in the world.

Give to an existing fund

Underwrite independent research. Support a promising new program. Help spread the hope for recovery with education programs for families and health professionals. Ensure that Excellence itself remains strong and able to achieve its goals. When you see what others are doing and back their efforts, progress is fast and rewarding.

Create your own fund

Creating your own fund may be an inspired choice, whether you want to focus your efforts on a specific area of mental health, give directly to nonprofits of your choice, or develop an initiative of your own.

Leave a Legacy

Estate planning gives you the opportunity to give more than at any other time. We will be honored to work with you and your financial advisors to set up the type of giving you would really like to do.

Please talk with us about the many types of funds you can create, and consider a donor-advised fund.

Steps in Giving

  • Decide who to consult. Your family and professional advisors may well be part of these confidential conversations, and we are here to assist as well.

  • Consider your goals. Decide what to give and whether you want to proceed now or plan to leave a legacy. How much do you want to be involved in fund development and grant-making? Would you like members of your family to participate?

  • Decide what to support. Where do you feel the need is most crucial? What matters most to others in your family or group?

  • Let us help. We are here to talk with you at any stage, to explain different giving methods, review the existing fund options, explore ideas and develop concepts.

Types of Funds

  • Donor-Advised Funds. Make your own choices and be as involved as you wish. Learn more

  • Incubator Funds. Use Excellence to create and support exciting new initiatives. Learn more

  • Field of Interest Funds. Create a fund with the specific focus that matters most to you. Learn more

  • Supporting Excellence. An easy, flexible way to ensure that the work of mental health care reform goes on. Learn more

Assets for Giving

  • Cash. Because it is so simple, giving via check, wire transfer and other forms of cash is the most popular option. You can give as much or little as you want or combine multiple gifts to establish a fund.

  • Stocks, bonds or mutual funds. A gift of long-term appreciated holdings may yield greater tax benefits than cash of equivalent value.

  • Real estate and personal property. Real estate of any kind — a home, a farm, a commercial property, undeveloped land – makes a welcome charitable gift.

  • Converting a private foundation. Converting a private foundation to an Excellence fund, lets you focus solely on the part you like  – grant-making.


Choose Your Focus

Compare Your Options

We provide options you won’t find elsewhere: staff support and financial oversight for improving mental health care anywhere in the world through donor-advised funds that give you flexibility, influence and involvement. Our mental health focus and international scope are unique.

Regional/Local Community Foundations
Most have donor-advised funds for local use only and limited help in targeting mental health care.

Private Foundations
To create a private foundation requires substantial assets and a dedicated administrative infrastructure.

Commercial Charitable Gift Funds
Available through banks and investment companies, comparatively less flexible.

Administrative Fees
The fees you pay help us work together to change mental health care. For a complete description, click here.

Contact Us

(503) 816-5676
8532 SW St. Helens Drive, Suite 250
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070


The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
Donations to any of our funds are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Tax ID: 27-4682873. A copy of our latest 990 may be obtained here.

Or by writing to the Oregon Department of Justice, Charitable Activities Section,
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4096