The Rose Douglas Grant


Rose Douglas was a career educator whose son Gary had an intellectual disability. During the time Gary was of school age, services for children with intellectual disabilities were very limited. Rose became a champion of the intellectually disabled and worked with other community leaders to create SPARC (now Southern Oregon Aspire.) When Rose, and subsequently Gary, passed away, she left a trust in care of the Four Way Community Foundation to support organizations that provide programs and services to improve and enrich the lives of intellectually disabled individuals in Josephine County.

For granting purposes, Rose defined intellectually disabled individuals as those with significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning shown as an IQ under 70, or borderline intelligence up to IQ 75 and existing concurrently with significant impairment in adaptive behavior, that are manifested during the developmental period, prior to 18 years of age.

While the Foundation does not require specific testing benchmarks of individuals, organizations applying for Rose Douglas grants should understand the parameters of the population this donor intended to benefit. The Four Way Community Foundation will require grant applicants to demonstrate why they meet the qualifications for a grant from the Rose Douglas Trust and how their project will better the lives of the intended intellectually disabled beneficiaries.

The Four Way Community Foundation encourages organizations whose mission only partially includes providing services to those with an intellectual disability to apply for a Rose Douglas grant, so long as any funding provided from the Rose Douglas Trust is used primarily for benefits to those with an intellectual disability.