Funding Priority Areas

The Portage Foundation has identified nine funding priority areas that guide our work. Existing funds at the Portage Foundation reflect these priority areas, which focus on the identified needs of our community.

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