Our Grants

From our founder:

Early in my life I was taught that to give is to receive. Now, as my life nears its end, I realize just how much I have received—both through the opportunity I’ve had to serve others as a medical healer, and through the good fortune that has come to me in so many other ways.

It gives me heartfelt pleasure to know that this Foundation will continue to serve my personal mission of healing and helping others who have not had those same opportunities. There is urgent need in our world for healing: healing our planet; healing our communities; and healing ourselves in body, mind, and spirit. This Foundation is dedicated to healing on each of these levels and will focus on four key areas:

  • initiatives that tackle the root causes of climate change so that our planet and its habitats and species can heal and flourish
  • compassionate and accessible global/worldwide health care for all, especially children, the elderly and disadvantaged while addressing associated problems of malnutrition, clean water and housing.
  • imaginative arts and education programs focused on the underserved, that nourish our humanity and help build healthy, soulful, and vibrant communities
  • innovative programs to address pressing social issues and develop new models of infrastructure so that communities can find new ways to thrive

I believe that we are all interconnected: no one is not my brother or sister. It is my deepest hope that this Foundation will help connect people in common purpose to share their vision, their creativity, their commitment, and their compassion—all in the name of healing.

Grant Information

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation was created by Dr. Ron Naito in 2019 to continue his legacy of healing through compassionate, equitable, and sustainable philanthropy. The Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation supports local, national, and international climate change and health equity initiatives. We also support Oregon-based arts and education organizations, especially those focused on underserved communities.

We accept general operating, program/project, capacity building, and occasional capital, endowment, and seed funding requests. Most of our grants range from $5,000-$50,000. We occasionally fund smaller, larger, and multi-year requests. We tend not to fund organizations with annual budgets over $20 million, although there are some exceptions. We try to balance our grants to organizations providing frontline services with grants to organizations working to find systemic, long-term solutions and innovations.

Timeline and Process

Our timeline and process for 2020 is being finalized. Please check back in late spring to learn more.

We try to decide upon applications as quickly as possible–usually within six weeks of closing an application cycle.


To be eligible for Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation funding, your organization must:

  • Be a Section 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that is classified as a public charity under Section 509(a) 1 or 2 of the United States tax code, or have a fiscal sponsor with documented MOU.
  • Have an office or affiliate office within the United States and a US EIN.
  • Comply with Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy that ensures it does not grant to organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

In order to ensure conformity to IRS rules for private foundations, and to ensure impactful grantmaking, we will not consider grant requests for:

  • Medical or pharmaceutical research
  • Hospital systems and their affiliate clinics or provider groups. (Note: we will consider applications from stand-alone 501(c)3 community clinics)
  • Fraternal organizations, service clubs, labor organizations, merchant associations, chambers of commerce, etc.
  • Section 501(c)4 or (c)6 organizations or 509(a)3 supporting organizations; political organizations or organizations designed primarily to lobby or advance legislation or political philosophies
  • Private foundations or “pass through” organizations (in limited circumstances, private operating foundations may be acceptable)
  • Debt retirement, deficit reduction, memorial campaigns, fundraising events or sponsorships
  • Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance or travel and related expenses
  • Private or public schools and universities (however, 501(c)3-run educational programs that operate across multiple schools will be considered)
  • Athletic teams, school bands and choirs, etc.
  • Any cause from which our trustees or their family or business partners would benefit financially, professionally, educationally, or otherwise (eg. sponsorship requests, clubs, memberships, etc.)
  • Any other activities or organizations for which support would violate IRS regulations governing private foundations.

How to Submit a Grant Application

Our grant applications are currently closed. Our 2020 grant cycle is not yet fixed: it may be public or may be by invitation only. Please check back in late spring 2020.

Once you have reviewed eligibility requirements and restrictions (above), please follow our submission process:

  1. Go to our grant application site (link will be provided to you).
  2. Log in with your existing account or set up a new account. (You can use this account and log in for current and future RWN Foundation grant cycles, as well as for other foundations that use this system.)
  3. Fill out and submit an LOI.
  4. Once we have reviewed your LOI, we will let you know if you’ve made it through to the full application stage. If you have, you can access the main grant application through the same site.
  5. Draft your application (it will auto-save), and attach the requested documents. (Note: if you lack any of these documents, please reach out to us–we may be able to waive certain requirements.)
  6. When you are finished with your application, please go back through to make sure you have ticked all the relevant boxes and filled in all the mandatory fields. We strongly suggest you save your application elsewhere before you submit it.
  7. Select “Submit.” You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. (NOTE: We encourage you to submit early, as late submissions will not be accepted.)

If you have any questions or problems, please reach out to info@rwnfoundation.org. We welcome any inquiries and try to be as responsive as possible. If you’d like to have a chat before you apply, we’d welcome that too. That said, we are mostly volunteer-run: we have no full time employees and may not be able to respond promptly or field emergency requests. Thank you for your patience!