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.

Who We Are

From around the globe, we are a community united by a shared dedication to improving mental health outcomes.

Our international group includes these important members of the mental health community:

  • philanthropists
  • researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians
  • public policy analysts and advocates
  • people with lived experience, family and community members

We first came together in 2011 to form the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. With the help of visionary founding philanthropists, Excellence engages in a broad scope of activity, supporting independent research, innovative programs and its own research and educational initiatives.

We can help you create your own fund, donate to an existing fund, underwrite the operations of Excellence itself or leave a legacy through your estate plan – through a charitable plan that balances your personal financial and philanthropic goals with the needs of the community.

Objective evaluation and documentation

Excellence supports important existing research as well as innovative research and program development. Our Scientific Advisory Council provides guidance, and the Excellence staff ensures that all grant recipients are held accountable. Each recipient of Foundation funds is required to

  • submit a detailed budget and timeline
  • focus on clear goals that are consistent with the mission of Excellence
  • make regular progress reports
  • produce measurable results

Objective evaluation and documentation of these results will build greater trust in mental health philanthropy.

A Neutral Zone

Excellence convenes interested parties and experts to discuss and formulate plans for developing new mental health protocols and treatment strategies. We sponsor symposia to build a new standard of care focused on long-term recovery, and we help other groups come together in a spirit of neutrality. As a “neutral convener” rising above the politicization of issues, we can help to ensure that philanthropic dollars are effectively helping the mental health care community move toward viable solutions.

The Community Foundation Advantage

As an international community foundation, we are a catalyzing force that creates a better future for all by addressing the most critical and persistent challenges, inclusively uniting people, institutions and resources, and producing significant, widely shared and lasting results.

Like all community foundations, we are a public charity, so donors receive the most advantageous tax benefits available for charitable gifts.The flexibility of our many types of funds, which include donor-advised funds, and the expertise of our investment advisors ensure the stability and longevity of every gift.

We seek donations from individuals, corporations and other foundations, in the belief that by connecting the passion of private philanthropy with the genius of today’s top researchers and social entrepreneurs, we can make mental health recovery and wellness a reality.

Everyone involved with Excellence is doing what we can to move this critically important foundation forward. All board members work for free and many have funds in Excellence. People volunteer their time and talent in many ways. We are good stewards of donations, seeking ways to lower expenses and rolling up our sleeves to get something really important done. As an optimistic and successful emerging organization, we are building on our strengths to plan a next phase with many thriving initiatives and an ever-more impressive reputation.

A Fiscal Agent and Advisor

Excellence partners with other mental health groups by acting as their fiscal agent, helping them obtain grants and raise funds. The Community Conversation in Washington, D.C., part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, is a recent example of our services as a fiscal agent.

Our expertise in planned giving can help leaders of innovative non-profit mental health initiatives grow and thrive by assisting them with capital campaigns, fundraising and endowment management.


7 Essential Functions


Our donors use Excellence to create and support new initiatives. Before legally incorporating on a stand-alone basis, donors can attract tax-deductible, start-up funding through the Foundation. Once a program is established, its leaders may spin it off as an independent non-profit.


We design and conduct research and educational programs.


We seek donations from individuals, corporations and other foundations.

Philanthropic Partner

We act as a partner to mental health initiatives, helping them obtain grants, develop funds and manage capital campaigns and endowments.

Neutral Convener

We convene interested parties and experts to discuss and formulate mental health protocols and treatment strategies. As a “neutral convener,” we ensure that resulting philanthropic activity promotes mental health care in ways consistent with the Foundation’s mission.


We advise donors and leaders of mental health initiatives needing donors. Our advice, based on the Foundation’s new mainstream principles, focuses on producing concrete, measurable improvements in the quality of life of individuals with psychiatric challenges.

Objective Evaluator

We ensure that all grant recipients are held accountable.


See our original 2012 statement of definition.


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.

The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is a registered 501c3 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 contacting:

Excellence, Attn: Finance
8532 SW St. Helens Drive, Suite 250
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Phone: 503.816.5676

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

Excellence Partners

  • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Flawless Foundation
  • Dialogic Practice
  • Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy
  • Inspired at Work
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • Families Healing Together
  • Recovery Learning Community of Western Massachusetts
  • Integrative Mental Health University
  • Madness Radio
  • International Bipolar Foundation
  • Live and Learn, Inc.
  • ProPublica
  • National Empowerment Center
  • Ken Jue & Assoc InSHAPE Program
  • Epower and Associates
  • Life Connections Peer Recovery Services
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Psych Rights
  • Emotional CPR
  • CommonGround – PDA
  • Early Assessment & Support Alliance
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Mad in America Continuing Education
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
  • ISPS – US Chapter
  • WRAP
  • Non-Profit Association of Oregon
  • Stand Up For Mental Health
  • Lauren Spiro and Associates, Human Liberation and Community Building: Envision it, Create it.