Oregon Turfgrass Foundation (OTF)

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Executive Director: Sally Cheyne
PO Box 1124
Albany, Oregon 97321
Phone: 541-979-9473
Email: otf@oregonturfgrassfoundation.org
Website: oregonturfgrassfoundation.org

 What Is the OTF?

  • The OTF is composed of turfgrass industry professionals and allied experts who seek to enhance turfgrass users’ experiences and turfgrass conditions.
  • The OTF raises funds to improve the understanding of turfgrass needs, conditions and benefits.
  • The OTF provides support for student scholarships and higher education projects.
  • The OTF strives to identify and encourage input efficiencies.
  • The OTF is dedicated to enhancing turfgrass use and enjoyment.

 What has the OTF Done?

Since its inception in 2001, the OTF, and its precursor organization the OGCSA Foundation, has raised nearly $300,000 through individual and corporate donations as well as from the annual Oregon Turfgrass Foundation Golf Tournament.

In Addition:

  • The OTF financially supports the Oregon State University Turfgrass Program. (BeaverTurf.com)
  • The OTF helps ensure the continuation of the OSU Turfgrass Program though the establishment of an endowment.
  • The OTF suggests research projects and provides sites for such research.
  • The OTF engages in outreach to the turfgrass industry seeking to both receive and share information.

What Are the OTF’s Goals?

In the short-term:

  • Supporting practical turfgrass research projects.
  • Seeking to improve golf course maintenance and conditions.
  • Expanding student scholarships.

In the long-term:

  • Helping to create a state-of-art turfgrass teaching and research facilities at OSU.
  • Providing stable funding for turfgrass faculty at Oregon State University.

How will the goals be attained?

The OTF will raise funds in a variety of ways to help achieve its goals.

Financial support will be developed by:

  • Encouraging Individual donations
  • Holding annual golf tournaments
  • Working with allied groups including:

* The Oregon Golf Association (OGA)

* Professional Golfers Association (PGA)

* Club Managers Association (CMA)

* Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

* Oregon Association of Nurseries

  • Seeking support from other foundations
  • Raising funds through a Tee-Times-for-Turf program
  • Soliciting donations from private and public golf courses and clubs

 Why accomplish these goals?

Turfgrass professionals will learn more efficient and beneficial ways to grow and maintain turfgrass.

They will have improved access to the most up-to-date technical information to answer their general and specific questions.

Research will lead to:

  • Reduced water usage
  • Smoother greens
  • More consistent bunkers
  • Improved recovery of all playing surfaces
  • Controlled grass growth
  • Improved turf varieties
  • Disease and pest resistant turf
  • All turfgrass users will ultimately have better conditions on which to enjoy their outdoor activities


  • Give a general tax deductible donation
  • Gift in memory of a friend or loved one
  • Contribute through a will or trust
  • Establish an automatic monthly withdrawal

By making your tax deductible contribution, you are not only helping the Foundation, but are also helping to insure that the latest education and technology will be applied to turfgrass maintenance.

For more information or to become involved today and start your contribution, please contact the OTF office at 541-979-9473 or visit the OTF Foundation website at: www.oregonturfgrassfoundation.org

The OTF Foundation is a 501(c)5 non-profit Oregon corporation, and qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Through the year 2002, 250 students have graduated from the turfgrass and golf course management program at Oregon State University. Of those 250, 175 are employed in the golf course industry and out of that number, 125 have become golf course superintendents.

These superintendents, who are at both private and public courses throughout Oregon, strive each and every day to have optimum playing conditions for all golfers.

To continue this strong history, it is important for all golfers to consider making a generous contribution to the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation. Your help can only make the game better and foster a bright future for years to come.

How Can I Help?

  • A general donation
  • Gift for a friend or loved one
  • Will or trust gift

To get involved today and start your contribution, please contact the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation Office at

541-979-9473 or e-mail: otf@oregonturfgrassfoundation.org.

By making a contribution, you are not only helping the Foundation, but your donation is tax deductible. Your generous contribution will help insure that the latest education and technology will be applied in the field of golf course maintenance to meet the standards of all golfers, no matter what their level of skill.