About the Foundation

The Hershey Foundation is dedicated to providing Northeast Ohio children from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with special opportunities for personal growth and development. Below are just a few of the many organizations with which we are partnered in achieving this goal.

Hershey Montessori School offers an integrated, individualized, and academically challenging program designed to meet the developmental needs of children from infancy through age fifteen. The school opened in 1978 and has grown to serve children on two campuses in Lake and Geauga Counties. Funding from The Hershey Foundation for nearly three decades has helped the school follow its vision for children to develop as whole human beings with a strong sense of self, community and the natural world, reaching adulthood as leaders, models and contributors to their communities and global peace.

With funding support from The Hershey Foundation, Lake Health Foundation is able to present a new HALO┬« SleepSack┬áto parents of the littlest patients born in the Special Care Nursery at TriPoint Medical Center. SleepSacks are taken home by parents, made for safe sleeping, to comfort and allow for longer periods of sleep. New parents and their bundles of joy are also invited to participate in the Parent-Infant Program at Hershey Montessori School FREE of charge. Infants explore the environment while parents learn more about their child’s development, considering the child’s natural, innate drives and tendencies.

In 1999, Hershey Children’s Garden opened through funding from The Hershey Foundation and family members at Cleveland Botanical Garden. It is the first public children’s garden of its kind in Ohio and has earned a special place in the hearts of children and adults who visit from April through October.The strong appeal of this garden can be attributed to its water features, child-size structures, whimsical elements, sensory-filled herb garden, wheelchair accessible tree house, and dedicated Garden staff, interns, and docents. Recent funding has been allocated to maintain the garden and provide an endowment fund.