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Burton D. Morgan Foundation awards grants totaling more than $1.2 million

10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

HUDSON — The Burton D. Morgan Foundation announced grants totaling $1,119,800 in September to support programs that focus on entrepreneurship for youths, college students and adults. The latest round of grants includes an award of $407,000 for the Western Reserve Historical Society to support a three-year youth entrepreneurship program for students in grades four through six in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“The foundation is excited about the transformational potential of our grant to the Western Reserve Historical Society and the opportunity to inspire thousands of Cleveland students each year through the rich entrepreneurial history of our region,” said Deborah Hoover, president and CEO of the foundation. “The program will build on the resources of the History Center in University Circle and Hale Farm in Bath to make the stages of our economic history come alive. We look forward to working with our partners to make this ambitious project a great success for the benefit of students as they think about their future careers.”

Additional grants approved by the foundation’s trustees in September include:

  • Case Western Reserve University, $69,000 to develop and produce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about the role of entrepreneurship in transitioning economies, with a focus on lessons from Northeast Ohio;
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics, $15,000 to support 15 Northeast Ohio rising seniors to attend an Economics for Leaders program at the campus of their choice during summer 2014;
  • Ideastream, $40,000 for support of the “Nightly Business Report”;
  • Invent Now Inc., $96,800 for four Camp Invention sites during summer 2014, two in the Akron Public Schools and two in the Wooster City Schools;
  • Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, $27,000 for entrepreneurship-related programming in the 2013-14 academic year;
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland Inc., $50,000 for 2013-14 middle school programs, high school programs and the Student Company Program Challenge;
  • Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc., $35,000 for entrepreneurship-related programs in 2013-14 ($25,000) and a $1-for-$1 challenge grant of $10,000 to pilot the “High School Heroes” and “Coder Dojo” programs;
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, $75,000 for 120 Junior Achievement classroom programs during the 2013-14 school year;
  • Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, $175,000 for the Regional Resource Mapping program in 2013-14 and for cluster acceleration activities in fiscal year 2013; and
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited, $30,000 for E CITY classroom-based programs in 2013-14.

“We are excited about the full range of entrepreneurship-related grants approved in this fall cycle and are particularly pleased to be charting new territory through support of a Northeast Ohio ecosystem-focused MOOC, as well as NorTech’s Regional Resource Mapping program, which will facilitate access to technology resources on campuses in our region,” said Hoover.

Foundation trustees also approved a grant in the amount of $100,000 for Kent State University Foundation’s Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Scholarship Fund, as a tribute to Margaret Clark Morgan, who died in September. J.R. Campbell, director of KSU’s School of Fashion Design, commented, “This phenomenal donation from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation in honor of Margaret Clark Morgan is a perfect way to respond to her legacy. Mrs. Morgan truly served as a guiding light for the Fashion School and was directly (and through the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation) responsible for the success of many of our students as well as countless support for other innovations in the school. This contribution to her endowed scholarships in the school will help to raise our scholarship support to an even greater level in her name.”

Since June, the foundation also approved a number of small grants to support youth, collegiate and adult entrepreneurship programs. Among the recipients were Hudson Library and Historical Society for prize money for Pitch Night ($5,000) and Montessori Development Partnerships for entrepreneurship program expansion in 2013-14 at Montessori High School at University Circle ($7,500).

The following grants also were made to Hudson Community Foundation to support programs in Hudson, the foundation’s home community: $1,500 for the HeART of Hudson Art Walk, $10,000 for Destination Hudson to purchase portable audio-packs to be used by groups touring Hudson and $5,000 for Hudson’s July 2013 fireworks display.

A more complete list of grants awarded can be found by visiting the foundation’s website at www.bdmorganfdn.org/grants-awarded.

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