35 Grants | $257,000
The year 2020 was a wild ride for all of us —a year of disruption we navigated with entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with adaptability, resilience, and heart. In the midst of this daunting year, a wonderful thing happened that connected us to the essence and early life of our founder, Burt Morgan (1916-2003). In July, Burt’s daughter Suzanne Morgan, offered us a remarkable gift—the red and white aquaplane that Burt designed as a teenager growing up in Evanston, Illinois. In the summer of 1937, Burt and his friends pulled the aquaplane behind Burt’s father’s boat on Lake Michigan, charging a dime per ride—one of Burt’s early entrepreneurial ventures.
If one skill was paramount in 2020, it was adaptability. It has been said that adaptation is the way we learn to thrive in the world, and while the pandemic tested our mettle, we survived and thrived as we tackled the disruptions of the year. Our partners at Young Entrepreneur Institute morphed our region’s 2020 K-12 Enspire conference to become an all virtual event attended by hundreds of educators seeking to instill entrepreneurial thinking in their students.
The best grants are developed through reliance on both head and heart. As the pandemic took hold in the spring of 2020, it became clear that the impact of its wrath was falling unequally on citizens of Northeast Ohio. Morgan Foundation as a citizen of the region recognized its responsibility to bolster nonprofits supporting the basic needs of residents and swiftly awarded grants totaling $150,000 to several pooled funds.
Resilience is a strength that helps us tame the unexpected challenges thrown in our path. As the year rolled on and the challenges of the global health crisis mounted, our team drew upon reserves of stamina and tenacity to chart our path forward. We kept our eye on our goals in pursuit of the Foundation’s entrepreneurial vision.
35 Grants | $257,000
13 Grants | $442,820
In order to achieve our mission of championing the entrepreneurial spirit, Burton D. Morgan Foundation draws upon the endowment resources placed under the careful stewardship of our Board of Trustees.View Full Financial Info (PDF)
Our team of dedicated trustees and committed staff bring their talents and expertise to our work, optimizing resources in pursuit of the Foundation's mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit.
Burton D. Morgan Foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit, contributes to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, and serves as a leader in the field of entrepreneurship education.