the FOUNDATION

The Onion Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 2014 by Fritz and Susan Onion. It was created with the mission of encouraging conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and promoting music and the arts in the state of Maine.  Having grown up in Farmington, a small town in the western foothills of Maine, Fritz and Susan both value living in a rural community with access to the outdoors.

In 2004 Fritz co-founded the technology training company Pluralsight with three other colleagues. By 2013 the company had established itself as a high-growth, online subscription-based company training software developers and IT professionals world-wide. In 2014 Fritz and Susan created and endowed the foundation to support Maine nonprofits.

Both Fritz and Susan also serve on the advisory board of Pluralsight One, the philanthropic branch of Pluralsight, whose mission is to democratize technology skills world-wide.  

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Our Team

 
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Susan onion

Co-Director

Susan is a longtime educator with 20+ years of experience as a k-5 teacher, school, and public librarian and adult literacy tutor. Susan is a graduate of the University of Maine, Farmington and holds an MS in Reading Education from California State University, Fullerton and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. In the summer you can find her paddle boarding on Maine lakes with her dog, Mia, and cross-country skiing on those same lakes in the winter.

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fritz onion

Co-Director

Fritz is a co-founder of Pluralsight, a fast-growing enterprise technology skills platform, where he served as chief content officer from 2008 to 2014. Fritz received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.S. in computer science from the University of California, Irvine. In his spare time he enjoys playing his octave mandolin, and cycling on the back roads of Maine.

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tyler kidder

Program Officer

Tyler is the Program Officer at the Onion Foundation and the Lead Trainer for Maine Climate Table’s Communication training workshops. She previously held positions at Grow Smart Maine, Efficiency Maine and the University of Southern Maine. Tyler holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University, is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a graduate of the Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute of Maine. She lives on a lake inWinthrop with her partner and gaggle of pets. She spends her spare time hibernating in the winter and boating in the summer.

 
 

Our Impact

The Onion Foundation is honored to support the vibrant non-profit community in Maine. Non-profits employ 1 in 6 Maine workers and mobilize over 420,000 volunteers in the state each year, strengthening the social fabric and building community.

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COUNTIES IN MAINE

Grants made to organizations in all 16 counties of Maine.

 
 

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NONPROFITS SUPPORTED

The Onion Foundation has awarded grants to over 200 unique Maine nonprofits over the four years it has been in operation.

Funding throughout maine

 
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