Established in 1967, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the free enterprise system. Over the years, the foundation has grown, but never deviated from its original mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit — a spirit its founder saw as the engine of our nation’s prosperity.
From modest grants to local organizations like the Blossom Music Center, the First Congregational Church of Hudson, and Kent State University, the foundation went on to provide large grants to The College of Wooster, Denison University, and Ashland University to advance the development entrepreneurship and the merits or our economic system.
Today, the Foundation focuses its entrepreneurship grant making in three areas: youth, collegiate, and adult. These efforts include spurring educational efforts at all levels of education, including idea competitions, entrepreneurship internships, mentor programs, and entrepreneur boot camps. The Foundation also helped to establish the JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council, connecting colleges and universities to commercialization opportunities.
Under its current strategic plan, the foundation intends to build upon its extensive grantmaking and ecosystem building experience by supporting entrepreneurial growth and entrepreneurship education in Northeast Ohio. The foundation is now poised to amplify its already significant role in promoting entrepreneurship and position itself to contribute regionally and nationally in robust and meaningful ways.