Jubitz Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: This Portland funder is interested in causes related to children, peace and the environment. The geographic focus is Oregon, and environmental opportunities are open to applications.

 FUNDING AREAS: Children, environment, peace

IP TAKE: Environmental groups in Oregon have the best chance here, as unrelated proposals are considered by invitation only. Fresh waterways and forests are top of mind for Jubitz.

PROFILE: Based in Portland, Oregon, the Jubitz Family Foundation (JFF) was established in 2001 after the sale of a division of the Jubitz Corporation called DAT Services. The initial funds for the foundation came from Al and Nancy Jubitz, as well as their adult daughters Elizabeth, Katherine and Sarah. Today, the foundation is not affiliated with the Jubitz Corporation and is an independent grantmaking entity.

Jubitz’ support for children is mostly for early childhood opportunities and kindergarten readiness. The first three years of life are of particular interest to this funder. This program awards grants by invitation only. At the time this profile was written, the foundation had suspended giving in this area until further notice.

Environmental grants seek to protect and restore forests and freshwater habitats in Oregon. Jubitz likes to support grassroots organizations that improve ecosystems for people, fish and wildlife. The state's drought and water challenges are of particular concern, here, as are forest management practices. There’s a JFF anchor opportunity for up to 10 regional environmental organizations, and this organization is open to applications in the spring cycle. Anchor grants range up to $10,000 and also include admission to a daylong retreat in the fall. Past anchor organizations include the Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Hells Canyon Preservation Council.

The Jubitz peace program funds peace building activities as alternatives to violence and war. There's a strong focus on public education about peaceful paths. It has supported Peace Voice, Global Zero and the Institute for Economics and Peace. This program is invitation-only. Peace grants are the only grants not limited to Oregon.

The foundation has a war prevention initiative, as well. According to the website, war prevention strategies include capacity building and technical assistance, general support, leadership and professional development, media, publishing and productions, network building and collaboration; policy, advocacy, and systems reform; prevention, public education, and research and evaluation.

In recent years, only the environmental program area has been open to unsolicited grant applications. In general, grant applications are due March 15 for a trustee decision at the end of June and on September 15 for a trustee decision in the middle of December.

Most Jubitz grants are between $2,5000 and $10,000. Each year, it gives about $550,000 in grants. Notably, this funder does not support sports, nutrition or health programs.

The best contact for grantseekers interested in the environmental program is Sybil Ackerman-Munson, who manages foundation affairs for multiple foundations in the Northwest. Patrick Hiller is the contact for peace program proposals, and Shannon Nelson is the contact for children program proposals. Email addresses and bios for staff and family members can be found on the funder’s website. General questions can be sent to Ackerman-Munson at sybil@jubitz.org or 503-274-6255.  

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