About Us

On July 1, 2012, as part of the merger between Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, the OCPM Foundation was established for charitable and educational purposes. The Foundation is operating as a 501c (3) private foundation. In 2019, this foundation is now doing business as The Podiatry Foundation, which promotes and fosters podiatric medical education and research by awarding grants supporting projects related exclusively to podiatric medicine.

The Podiatry Foundation is governed by a board of trustees whose main purpose is to preserve the financial stability of the foundation and manage the assets. Should it ever become necessary, these assets will be used to reinstitute a college of podiatric medicine in Northeast Ohio. The Podiatry Foundation Board of Trustees plays an important role in approving grants. They fully support and are committed to awarding annual funds related to projects that will enhance the future of podiatric medical education and research.

The Podiatry Foundation’s purpose is to serve and nurture podiatric medicine, education, and research. The Podiatry Foundation has assisted many national, state, and local podiatric medical organizations, The Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, as well as students and residents in the greater Cleveland area.

Mission Statement

The Podiatry Foundation will strive to attain net investment assets of $50 million. It will be diligent in maintaining knowledge and awareness of, and involvement in the political, economic, and health care environment as they relate to podiatric medical education. It will have assembled adequate funding, and other assets and resources with which to readily reinstitute a college of podiatric medical education in Northeast Ohio, should the need arise.

Vision Statement

The Podiatry Foundation has three primary purposes:

  • Be prepared to reinstitute a college of podiatric education in Northeast Ohio should Kent State University ever drop the current academic program offering of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.
  • Successfully manage and grow the financial assets of the Foundation.
  • Utilize a portion of the investment earnings to fund grant proposals in support of podiatric education in the immediate geographical area.