Stewarding the inspiring legacy of R.E. Olds

Our family foundation funds opportunities that create meaningful impact throughout Michigan’s greater Lansing community.


We honor the inventive spirit of R.E. Olds by supporting work that fuels our community’s dreams.

Our philanthropy focuses on education, youth and families, animal welfare, and environmental issues in greater Lansing, Michigan.


We welcome grant requests from organizations that meet our geographic and areas of interest funding criteria. See if your organization qualifies.


About us

Founded in Lansing in 1914, the R.E. Olds Foundation is the oldest private foundation in the state of Michigan, led by the family's fourth and fifth generations.


Our founder

Ransom Eli Olds is considered the founder of the American automobile industry, creating the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, REO automobile and trucks.


"Our youth-centered makerspace, Think Tank, is a way for us to pay homage to R.E. Olds who was a tinkerer, innovator and inventor. The R.E. Olds Foundation has been invaluable in our strategic growth, and we're proud to partner with them to expand access to STEM opportunities for kids."

Erik Larson
Impression 5 Science Center

"Because of the R.E. Olds Foundation's matching grant, we housed 30 additional families who otherwise would have remained homeless. They are so clearly invested in our community, and it goes well beyond their financial support. The foundation really cares, and we value our relationship with them."

Molly Cook
Haven House

"The R.E. Olds Foundation has a place in its heart for Woldumar Nature Center, but more than that, for Lansing's children. Our kids need this really personal connection to the outdoors, an emotional connection to nature, and the foundation sees that. They truly care about how our kids are benefiting from this program."

Margaret Holtschlag
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson