Imagine being able to touch and shape the future right now. Where your investment comes with an exponential return. Imagine your legacy, long-lasting, alive in the hearts of others for many years to come. Let us help you bring your gift to life.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing areas of philanthropy. Anyone can use the foundation to give back to our community. Assets that you donate create several types of funds to support your charitable goals.

We offer a full menu of planned giving options to tailor your gift.

You can create a fund in honor of someone you love, celebrate a special event, broadly or narrowly support issues you care about, or to areas in greatest need.

Your fund will be pooled with our other funds and professionally managed. The Portage Foundation invests your charitable donation and awards grants to many humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in our region.


Interested in speaking with a staff member regarding starting an endowed fund? Contact us today. 

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Donate by check:

Make Checks Payable to the Portage Foundation and Mail: 
Portage Foundation
PO Box 623
Kent OH 44240

Please indicate in memo line where to direct your donation.

Donate via Network For Good:

Click the button below to donate online via Network For Good. You’ll be able to select the fund to direct your donation as well:

As your philanthropic partner, The Portage Foundation can help you make your greatest charitable impact through funds that are flexible, innovative and personalized. We offer many creative and rewarding ways to donate to the community, some with significant tax advantages. We can even help you create a giving plan and share ideas for involving your family in philanthropy.

The Portage Foundation also offer a variety of planned gifts that allow you to give now or in the future through bequests, trusts and annuities. These instruments carry certain advantages based on your personal tax, financial and planning needs. We’ll also work in partnership with your professional advisors to help you meet your goals. 

We welcome the opportunity to help you establish a fund or make the charitable contribution that best suits your needs. Contact us today to get started. 

Partner with the Portage Foundation for:

  • Flexibility
  • Involvement
  • Tax Advantages
  • Simplicity
  • Lasting Legacy

Support Current Priority Funding Areas

There are nine areas where the Portage Foundation’s funds have targeted as being of greatest need in Portage County. Click on a category to view and support the Portage Foundation fund for each priority or see established funds to which you can donate:

Animal Welfare

From local shelters to animal rescue agencies, and more – supporting animals throughout the Portage County region.

Arts & Culture

Building community through supporting the Arts and Cultural programs and organizations of Portage County.

Children’s Services

Helping children of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences through a variety of local organizations.

Economic Development

Building a stronger Portage County through programs that lift the economic development of our residents.


Education is the foundation and security of a community. These funds focus on the educational needs of our area.


Supporting the natural resources, parks, and recreational organizations that make Portage County special


Helping area residents of all ages to have better health through supporting organizations and programs within our community.

Human Services

This priority supports those organizations and programs that assist area residents with the many challenges they face


These funds assist area students in their pursuit of further education and career development.

Agency Endowments

These funds assist specific non-profit organizations that have created Agency Endowments with the Portage Foundation

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Support current Foundation Funds in one of nine funding priority areas

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Maximize Tax-Saving Opportunities to Create a Personal Giving Legacy

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Thoughtful Estate Planning to Leave a Legacy of Caring

Plan Now for Lasting Legacy Using Varity of Possible Funding Options

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