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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Manley Foundation assists those individuals and organizations who have made it their life's work, through vision, energy, and determination, to create solutions for problems facing people and communities, often against difficult and discouraging odds. But there are innumerable organizations that are too small to be considered by large foundations, charitable groups, or governmental agencies and who face a daily struggle to survive as they help meet the needs of those who have fallen through the cracks of society’s safety nets. That's where Manley Foundation steps in. Through our financial assistance, we strive to move some of the stumbling blocks out of their way. We serve as a vehicle to allow contributions for the express purpose of assisting those individuals and organizations who set out to enrich the world, touching the lives of countless thousands of people.

Results: In 2012, 85% of our expenses were spent on Programs (donations made to charities noted below), 10% on Fundraising, and 5% on Administrative. We strive to and excel at keeping our Administrative expenses below industry standards, and spending our donors' funds on Programs/donating to those in need. Manley Foundation also earned the Gold-Level GuideStar Exchange Participant Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency and accountability. Thanks to our donors, Manley Foundation was able to provide assistance to the following outstanding nonprofits in 2012 - 2014: ~ B.E.A.T Riding Center (2013 & 2014) ~ Science Factory ~ Lane Senior Support Coalition ~ Burned Children Recovery Foundation ~ Active Lives, Active Minds ~ Center for Dialogue & Resolution (Youth Peer Court Services) ~ Community Supported Shelters ~ Doctors without Borders ~ India Partner ~ Restorative Ministries ~ OISM ~ Sisters of the Road ~ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Our primary goal for 2015 is to continue our fund raising efforts, secure additional funding, and assist an even greater number of the well-deserving, yet often overlooked organizations who solicit our help each year. See what our grant recipients are saying: http://www.manleyfoundation.org/A_Note_to_our_Donors.html

Programs: Programs vary based on need (see http://www.manleyfoundation.org/ThoseWeServe.html), but include organizations serving: • At-risk youth • Burned children • Abused and neglected children • Families and children fighting cancer • Disadvantaged handicapped adults & children • Returning injured vets • Hard to place foster children • Individuals suffering from Alzheimer's • Homeless mothers, children, and families • Individuals in need of health care • Individuals in need of food, shelter, and clothing • Endangered animals

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Manley foundation has helped us the past few years in scholarshipping individuals with disabilities. They get riding lessons at reduced rates or at no cost. We serve children, adults and veterans with social, pychological and physical disabilities. Organzations like Manley help fill in the gaps in our endeaver to fundraise for our clients so they can become the "best they can be". "There is something about a horse that is good for the inside of a man" is well said by Winston Churchill. One of our clients who is scholarshipped is a boy named Issac. He has cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. When he came here at 4 years of age, he could not sit up or walk. His grandparents bring him here every other week for a riding lesson. They come from Silverton, Oregon, at least one hours drive. Soon after starting his lessons, he began to sit up on his own. As time went on he was able to walk with assistance. At age eight, he began to walk. Doctors never thought he would walk. He was not in any other therapies other than horseback riding. Small miracles to big miracles, Manley can take some of the credit for making it happen.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with Manley Foundation stretches over the last 13 years. Their reach and passion for helping others has always been incredible to me. For such a small Foundation they do enormous good, wether it be through direct donations to, or helping to raise the visibility of organizations. Full kudos to this tiny engine that could, they are an inspiration.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege and honor to work with the board and officers of Manley Foundation for many years. The high level of integrity as well as the genuine concern for the needs of others in often devastating circumstances far exceeds a merely corporate approach to charitable giving. Each request is carefully considered and reviewed to maximize the impact of the grants, and the rewards of seeing what even small contributions can make to a deserving organization are immeasurable.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been my sincere honor and privilege to serve Manley Foundation for most of my adult career. I have the good fortunate of serving alongside an all volunteer Board of Directors who shares a passion for assisting small, often overlooked organizations. Despite being very small, we’ve succeeded in helping people on local, national, and international levels since our inception in 1989. Together, we continue our work to make a positive difference in the world around us, and to reach as many people as possible. We remain exceptional stewards of our donors’ funds, keep our overhead low, and ensure that funding reaches those in need. I look forward to serving Manley Foundation in its mission to reach those most in need for many years to come, and extend my heartfelt thanks to those who make our work possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend a more worthy charity. I’m pleased with the level of professionalism and communication I received from Manley Foundation. Despite not being able to donate as much as I would have liked, they were very grateful for my donation and kept me informed on how it was being used. It’s very warming to know that I’m playing a role, however small, in assisting the people that receive Manley Foundation's help. I hope to be able to donate to them again this year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our fire rescue company needed funds to put electricity in our station, Manley came to OUR rescue. Manley paid for a licensed electrical contractor to completely wire and install lighting in our rural fire station. Our community is tiny and could not find the money for this. Electricity! That led to running water and flush toilets! What a huge difference Manley Foundation made for our responders and our community!
Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, it’s important to me that my funds reach programs and people in need. I found that Manley Foundation not only ensures donations they receive are reaching people and communities in need, it also stretches each dollar to reach many different organizations. Manley also goes a step further and, based on its website and other areas I’ve found, they continue to advocate for those they help. It’s nice to send one donation and reach/help so many different people.

Sasha R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While looking into potential charities Manley Foundation caught my attention as a small organized witht a long reach. I'm amazed by the scope of their giving and charitable work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Manley Foundation for supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their generous gift is helping St. Jude speed discoveries from our research labs to doctors and patients everywhere. And because one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved around the world, the Manley Foundation is helping St. Jude make a global impact in the fight to save precious lives. The Foundation has been wonderful to work with. Their passion and dedication to the organizations they support is genuine, and their assistance is truly making a difference in the lives of St. Jude children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Manley Foundation does not just support charities financially, they spread the message of the causes they support. By looking at their website, anyone can see how dedicated they are to their beneficiaries - the pictures and descriptions tell wonderful stories. Their passion for helping others is clear in every interaction I have had with the foundation. They are truly making a difference in the lives of others!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Manley Foundation has greatly helped our work at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a 501(c)3 nonprofit research laboratory.

Our work on advanced laboratory methods for medical diagnosis and on the molecular clocks that time biological processes depends entirely upon foundation and personal contributions.

Medical and biochemical research depends, in very substantial part, upon the efforts of scientists who work independently in laboratories throughout the United States. It is critically important that these scientists, in order to pursue their best ideas, have the help of wisely administered foundations. The Manley Foundation is superbly filling this role.

Art Robinson, President and Research Professor, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine