Funding Collaborations


The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations have a strong history of initiating and participating in collaborative funding efforts, including investing in strategic funding partnerships and building networks. By pooling knowledge and resources, the Foundations are able to effectively and efficiently advance the mission and increase impact.

Collaborations with partners, such as community foundations and other grantmaking organizations, target support to specific geographic areas with significant community needs. Generally, the funding collaborations are administered by the partner organizations, including Request for Proposals processes.

Over the years, successful funding collaborations have included many trusted and valued organizations, including the Athens County Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Columbus Medical Association Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, HealthPath Foundation of OhioFoundation for Appalachia Ohio, Rocky Community Improvement Fund, United Way of Central Ohio and Susan G. Komen Columbus. Learn more about current funding collaborations:

Rocky Community Improvement Fund

Since 2013, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville has partnered with the Rocky Community Improvement Fund (RCIF), an associate led philanthropic initiative of Rocky Brands, to award over $400,000 to more than 50 local organizations. The mission of the RCIF is to provide impactful support to our local communities by awarding grants to build a clean, safe and healthy community for our neighbors. Read more about the RCIF and how to apply for funding.

Professional Collaborations

The Foundations are actively engaged in a number of professional collaborations which help inform and advance mission-related investments, including Appalachia Ohio Funders Group, Appalachia Funders Network and the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations. 

Appalachia Ohio Funders Group

A group of corporate, community, public charity, family and private foundations, convened with support from Philanthropy Ohio, are committed to strategically enhancing Appalachia Ohio assets through leadership, networking, financial and in-kind investments, leveraged resources and collaboration.

Appalachia Funders Network

A group of public and private grantmakers who envision an Appalachian economy that provides opportunity while sustaining the environmental and cultural assets of the central Appalachia region. The central Appalachia region includes the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.

National Association of Osteopathic Foundations

This group seeks to serve osteopathic-supportive foundations with funding purposes and interests related to community health, osteopathic medicine, osteopathic medical education and research.