What We Fund
In keeping with our mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit, Burton D. Morgan Foundation seeks to support programs and projects at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels that are designed to build competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Foundation supports entrepreneurship education programs and programs that directly support entrepreneurs in business planning, startup and scaleup efforts, and obtaining access to capital. We also support initiatives aimed at rejuvenating economic competitiveness in Northeast Ohio. Please note that as of April 1, 2019, Morgan Foundation's grantmaking in the adult space is focused primarily on the Akron ecosystem, and applications are accepted on an invitation-only basis.
Secondarily, Burton D. Morgan Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve the Hudson, Ohio community.
The Foundation also provides occasional support to social service and other organizations in Summit County and surrounding communities that are unrelated to our entrepreneurship mission. We do not accept requests for these grants; they are awarded on a proactive basis and are not renewable.
Burton D. Morgan Foundation values programs that…
- build the entrepreneurial mindset
- develop entrepreneurial skills
- collaborate with ecosystem partners
- leverage broader community resources
- embed mentorship and coaching
- exhibit interdisciplinary reach
- engage underserved populations
- evaluate their effectiveness
- pivot to meet changing needs
- share lessons learned
- demonstrate fiscal responsibility
- bolster regional economic competitiveness
Venture 2021 Strategic Plan
For additional insight into the focus of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, see the Foundation's summary of Venture 2021 Strategic Plan.
Investing in entrepreneurship education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Northeast Ohio
Driving collegiate entrepreneurship initiatives, including NEOLaunchNET, business competitions, and internship programs
Strengthening Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurship networks to support all stages of business growth and foster a robust entrepreneurial culture
Supporting education, arts and culture, social services, and civic activities in our home community of Hudson, Ohio