Funding Partners

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

bdmorgain-logoBurton D. Morgan Foundation is a private foundation established in 1967, whose mission is to champion the entrepreneurial spirit. To advance the mission, the Foundation supports entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education programs and initiatives at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels. A legacy of founder and entrepreneur Burton D. Morgan (1916-2003), the Foundation leverages its grant and staff resources to connect the people, ideas, organizations, and opportunities that comprise the vibrant and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Ohio.

Hudson Community Foundation

HCF_Logo_FINALThe mission of the Hudson Community Foundation is to help individuals create a lasting legacy through smart, meaningful philanthropy. Hudson Community Foundation supports Lemonade Day programs and school loan boards through a grant to University School.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

martha-holden-jennings-foundation The mission of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation is twofold: to foster the development of individual young people to the maximum possible extent in Ohio’s secular primary and secondary schools, and to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio’s teachers by encouraging creativity in teaching and bringing greater recognition to the teaching profession. 

We are eager to explore new frontiers and promote more effective teaching by supporting a wide variety of projects for students and teachers from pre-K through high school.


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University School

us-schoolUniversity School, commonly referred to as US, is an all-boys K-12 independent school with two campus locations in Greater Cleveland, Ohio. For more than 125 years, US’s rigorous academics, dynamic teachers, strong athletics, and rich and varied arts program have produced young men of outstanding character who are superbly prepared for college and beyond. With Greg Malkin at the helm, US founded Young Entrepreneur Institute in 2006 with a mission to help students understand and experience entrepreneurship. By 2015, more than half of US students participate in one or more Young Entrepreneur Institute activity. Young Entrepreneur Institute professionals work at the school’s Hunting Valley location.

The Veale Foundation

veale foundationThe Veale Foundation improves the quality of life in Northeast Ohio by supporting organizations in a variety of sectors with an emphasis on higher education, entrepreneurship, and engineering. The late Tinkham Veale II, business owner and entrepreneur, established the Foundation in 1964.

A primary initiative of the Veale Foundation is The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, a network of educators from sixteen high schools with a mission to provide students with exceptional education and real-world experience in entrepreneurship. Schools in the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum are Beaumont School, Benedictine High School, Gilmour Academy, Hathaway Brown School, Laurel School, Magnificat High School, Montessori High School at University Circle, St. Ignatius High School, University School, Walsh Jesuit High School, and E CITY schools: Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Glenville High School, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School, Thomas W. Harvey High School, John F. Kennedy High School, and Shaw High School.