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 eighteen. 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 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.

As a lead donor, The Hershey Foundation was pleased to support Stonebrook Montessori, the first public Montessori charter school in the State of Ohio. After 5 years as a charter school, Stonebrook merged with the neighboring Michael R. White Elementary School to become a district school creating a Montessori campus for Cleveland children. Stonebrook is located in Glenville in the renovated Amasa Stone House across from the Italian Cultural Garden. Montessori teachers and fully equipped classrooms serve children from age 3 to age 12 with hopes to expand to a Montessori adolescent program. Stonebrook Montessori follows the child and partners with the family to create a warm and inclusive community, helping children and families learn, grow and thrive.

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.