Current Funds

At The Portage Foundation, we work with donors — individuals, families, businesses, organizations — to create and sustain charitable funds that have the greatest possible impact on our communities.

Create a legacy of your own by establishing an endowed fund, and become a part of The Portage Foundation.

Animal Welfare

Arts and Culture

  • Jack Colebrook Fund – Aurora Community Theater

Children and Youth

  • Dara Ashley Bakes Fund – Prevention of Child Abuse
  • Don and Barb Bentley Memorial Endowment – Roosevelt High School Athletics/Literacy
  • Children’s Advantage Fund – Children’s Advantage Mission
  • Daneen Clark-Wood Memorial Fund – Children and Youth
  • Norman Sandvoss Youth Recreation Fund
  • Lois and C. William Shallenberger Fund – Children

Economic Development

  • Kevin T. Lewis Fund for Economic Development

Education and Scholarships

  • College Scholarship Fund (Anonymous Donor)
  • Douglas W. Cowell Scholarship Fund – Ravenna High School Scholarship
  • Kent League of Women Voter’s Helen Dix Scholarship  – Non-traditional female students
  • Davina Gosnell Fund for Education
  • Mark Klima Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bernie Kosar Scholarship Fund – Crestwood High School Scholarship
  • George L. and Genevieve D. Moore Family Fund – Aurora High School Scholarship
  • Ann and David Otto Family Fund – Education
  • Frances Patterson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Portage County College Access Network (PCCAN) – Scholarship
  • Reginald Ray, Sr. Scholarship Fund
  • Bailey Simons/Frank Family Memorial Scholarship  – Rootstown High School Scholarship
  • Eleonore Snyder Family Fund for Education
  • Boyd Wallbrown, Jr. Agricultural Innovation Scholarship Fund
  • Bill and Eddye White Scholarship Fund


  • Harriett and Joe Begala Memorial Fund – Environment
  • John and Jane Gwinn Fund for the Environment
  • Kent Environmental Council Fund

General and Foundation

  • Ralph W. Kletzien Fund for Operations – The Portage Foundation
  • Kosar Marketing Fund – Marketing/promotion of The Portage Foundation

Health and Human Services

  • Burbick Endowment Fund
  • Burns Endowment Fund
  • Coleman – McElhone Endowment Fund
  • Coleman Professional Services – Coleman Mission
  • Family and Community Services (F & CS)
  • Ferlito Family Fund – Special Olympics
  • Fuller-Wiliams Endowment Fund
  • Davina Gosnell Fund for Health
  • David H. Green Fund – VNA/ Hospice
  • John and Jane Gwinn Fund for Human Services
  • Joann and Jerry Hayes Fund
  • Jeanette B. Hinman Fund – Elder Care
  • Sister Jordan Fund – County Clothing Center, Center of Hope, Kent Social Services
  • John and Elsie Joy Memorial Endowment – Veteran’s Issues and Programs
  • Mangin Endowment Fund
  • Colin Wilson McKinney Memorial Fund – Stillborn Research and Family Support
  • Murphy-Bakes Fund – Eldercare / Dementia / Alzheimer’s
  • Gerald and Victoria Read Fund – VNA/ Hospice
  • Eleonore Snyder Family Fund for Health
  • James B. Tinnin Fund – Transition to employment for the poor and unemployed
  • Townhall II Endowment – Townhall II Mission
  • Triangle Endowment Fund
  • Watson Endowment Fund