The Portage Foundation

To inspire philanthropy, build endowments, impact causes, and engage community leaders in Portage County, Ohio.

Please Note: Our 2022 Grant Application Cycle is closed. The next grant cycle will be Fall 2023.

DONORS

Explore giving opportunities that maximize your charitable gift

NONPROFITS

Discover funding opportunities & our Grants process

STUDENTS

View the variety of scholarship opportunities for area students 

ADVISORS

Guide your clients on ways to create a lasting legacy

Celebrating 25 Years of Driving Meaningful Change Through Philanthropy

The Portage Foundation was established in 1997 from the assets realized through the sale of the Greater Portage Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. The Foundation was created to build a permanent source of income to meet community charitable needs and the philanthropic needs for our donors. The Portage Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) public charity and has more than $8 million in assets.

Imagine Leaving A Legacy Within The Community You Love

The Portage Foundation is a charitable organization created by and for a community of people. It is supported by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work toward the greater good of the citizens in the community. Funds come from a variety of sources, including bequests and living trusts, and are invested in perpetuity. The investment earnings are then distributed to worthy organizations or causes.

The purpose of a community foundation is two-fold:

  • To grow endowments that will continually benefit its defined area through grant-making and other charitable activities;
  • To serve those who donate to the endowment by helping them to accomplish their charitable goals.

The Portage Foundation, like all community foundations, is governed by a board of trustees comprised of community leaders and is administered by professional staff. Operating expenses are paid from an annual fund fee and from gifts designated by donors to cover foundation operating and program costs.

Let’s Talk

Our team is ready to help connect members of the community with the organizations and individuals working to make Portage County a vibrant and resilient area. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and services.

You have a Cause.

We can make it happen.

We connect donors and local nonprofits every day. Contact us to learn how we can assist you in your charitable goals.