Established December 2016, the 1890 Universities Foundation (“Foundation”) supports the core missions of teaching, research and extension across the nineteen 1890 land grant universities in the United States. It is organized and operated exclusively as a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization.
The 1890 Universities Foundation mobilizes and manages resources to facilitate broad based programs, initiatives, and approaches across the 1890 universities system. We provide a mechanism for the universities to respond to new and emerging issues and challenges in the 21st century. As we foster critical collaborative projects across the 1890 universities, our objective is to discover practical and meaningful solutions to the compelling economic, social and environmental challenges faced by our communities today.
The following 19 member universities were designated as such through the Morrill Land Grand Act of 1890:
In conjunction with university partners, the Foundation acts as an innovative and adaptable resource for the 1890 university system through mobilization and management of capital and forging collaborative partnerships. Additionally, the Foundation builds unique partnerships with key federal and private sector entities including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).