Why Choose Us

The Top Ten Reasons People Choose to Give Through The Portage Foundation

  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community.
  2. We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever.
  3. Our professional staff has broad knowledge of community issues and needs in Portage County and surrounding areas.
  4. We will help you realize your philanthropic goals by providing personalized service designed to address each individual’s charitable and financial interests.
  5. Our donor-advised and donor-directed funds help people invest in the causes they care about most.
  6. We accept a variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex gift and estate plans.
  7. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.
  8. We offer maximum tax advantage under state and federal law.
  9. We create ongoing personal legacies by handling all the details from bequests and planned gifts for individuals.
  10. We are the only community foundation in Portage County. As a community leader we convene agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change.

Advantages for Donors

The Portage Foundation offers a variety of giving tools to help individuals and organizations achieve their charitable goals with three specific advantages.

Personalized Service

We make giving easy and effective, accepting a variety of gifts and providing great flexibility. Donors can contribute cash, stocks, property, and bequests to establish a fund. With The Portage Foundation’s assistance and guidance, the gift will gain maximum tax benefits.


Our professional staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape our community. We can help donors learn about local agencies and programs that make a difference in the areas they care most about.

Community Leadership

Our business is building community. The Portage Foundation brings people and organizations together, convening diverse groups and collaborating to address local issues.