Donor Advised Funds


In 2011, a group of philanthropists, mental health advocates and practitioners came together with a radical idea: to create a mental health community foundation, where those with the means and the passion could establish Donor Advised Funds (DAFs). They aimed to support research and programs that promote recovery for people affected by mental health problems, and over the years they have established dozens of funds that have paid for cutting edge research and services that revolutionize mental health care.


Today, Open Excellence continues to manage and grow a diverse set of DAFs through the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, each with its own specific aim. Some donor-advisors have chosen to focus on supporting successful peer support innovations, like the Hearing Voices Network. Others provide support for research on important under-funded topics, such as the role of nutrition in mental illness and health. We invite you to explore the funds, and contribute to any fund that speaks to your passion for improving mental health. Or, if you don’t see a fund that meets your dreams for better mental health, you can click here to learn more about joining the world of progressive mental health philanthropy by setting up your own fund.

The RxISK Fund supports the collection, analysis and publishing of patient data and related narratives of experiences with medications to promote recovery and make […]
The Folktime Fund will secure the future of Portland, Oregon’s life-changing FolkTime peer support programs for generations to come through the planned giving of […]

Case Studies

Success stories and positive change from projects we've funded.

Hearing Voices

Research and Development national expansion initiative

In the United States, the standard response is to pressure or force voice hearers to take psychotropic medications which many find ineffective and some disabling. It doesn’t have to be this way.


Independent, Peer-Reviewed research. funded by you.