Donor Funding Options as Diverse as Our Community

When it comes to donor funding options offered through the Portage Foundation, there are many differences but one thing is constant: the impact will be felt today and well into the future.

Our assets are invested in a diversified portfolio, consisting primarily of equities, fixed income, and cash equivalents, which is conducive to participation in a rising market while allowing for adequate protection in a falling market. Our Investment & Finance Committee meets with PNC, our investment manager, on a quarterly basis to review asset allocation and performance. You can find more information in our Endowment Investment Objectives and Policy Statement which is available on our website; this document is reviewed and approved by the Investment & Finance Committee annually.

Whether you are supporting an existing fund, looking to create your own endowed fund, or looking ahead for estate planning needs, look to the Portage Foundation.

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Support current Foundation Funds in one of nine funding priority areas

Ready to accept Tax-Deductible Gifts

Array of Areas to Match Your Interests

Expanded Impact

Areas of Greatest Needs for Community

Great for Individuals, Families & Businesses

Create A Fund

Maximize Tax-Saving Opportunities to Create a Personal Giving Legacy

Easy to Set Up Funding Agreement

Maximize Tax-Savings Benefits

Wide Range of Funding Options

Determine Level of Involvement

Ability to Target Support for Causes that Matter Most to You

Plan for future

Thoughtful Estate Planning to Leave a Legacy of Caring

Plan Now for Lasting Legacy Using Varity of Possible Funding Options

Charitable Bequest

Charitable Remainder Trust

Life Insurance

Retirement Fund Assets

The Charitable IRA Rollover

Making it Easy to Give Where You Live

If you are 70 ½ and older, you can use your individual retirement account (IRA) to support your charitable giving through the Portage Foundation. This simple, tax-wise tool provides a way to take your required minimum distribution, skip the tax and make meaningful gifts to support the causes you care about.

Empower Your Charitable Legacy

You can multiply your impact by establishing a fund at the Portage Foundation to support the causes you care about through your IRA qualified charitable distribution. A designated charitable giving fund can provide support to selected organizations immediately or over time. You can also choose to make an IRA distribution to an existing nonprofit endowment at the Portage Foundation.

Maximum Your Impact While Minimizing Your Taxes.
  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $105,000 from your IRA to support causes you care about.
  • Satisfy some or all of your required minimum distribution for the year.
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions.
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the deduction limits on charitable gifts.

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

Your legacy, OUR mission.

Create a lasting impact on your most cherished causes while gaining tax benefits for yourself. Contact us today and help build a brighter future.