Our Mission

The Herbert W Hoover Foundation takes a leadership role in funding unique opportunities that provide solutions to issues related to the Community, Education, and the Environment.


The Foundation supports initiatives that reflect the legacy of the Hoover Family. From the early beginnings of the Hoover Company, the Hoover Family has been innovators, leading the growth of the Hoover Company. Many generations of people worked at the Hoover Factory, helping the company grow and succeed. The legacy of the Hoover Family and the Hoover Company is indicative of grantees that make our community a better place to work and live.


Providing innovative learning opportunities to inspire students. The Foundation is looking for creative and out of the box ideas to stimulate and inspire students to surpass their own expectations. The leaders of tomorrow need to be energized and exposed to concepts and ideas that challenge them to think critically and question the status quo. The internet driven world we live in demands a fast paced learning system – finding the tools to fill that need is our goal.


Ocean conservation and the Value of Clean water are focal points for the Foundation. Water is a priority for the Foundation. Whether it is finding innovative solutions to address the changing needs of Ocean conservation or understanding the current state of our fresh water supply, the foundation is committed to protecting our most valuable natural resource.


“We don’t fund problems, we fund solutions.” We look to fund unique initiatives and cutting edge research. The ability to find solutions and address critical needs propel our science aspect of funding. We are actively looking for researchers and scientists who can maximize opportunities to change the world. One key trait of the scientists we fund is a collaborative spirit. We believe bringing together people from vastly different backgrounds can shed new light on old problems and thus lead to innovative solutions.

Our Legacy


hoover2Before the beginning of the 20th century, William H. Hoover moved his tannery business from the family farm east of New Berlin to Maple Street in New Berlin. Rapid growth of the New Berlin community was a result of the thriving leather goods business. By 1895, with 300 residents in New Berlin, the saddlery and harness factory thrived with 55 employees. Herbert William Hoover became employed at his father’s leather goods business in 1898. The beginning of an incredible business relationship between an entrepreneur and his son forged success in a trade at which they’d become adept.


hoover1After the turn of the 20th century, the community began to reap the benefits of this pair who honed their skills to master challenges necessary to develop and market the electric suction sweeper. That product introduced a new industry to New Berliners and revolutionized the world. In 1922, Herbert W. Hoover, Sr. succeeded his father as president of the thriving vacuum cleaner business which was renamed The Hoover Company. Upon the passing of William H. Hoover in 1932, Herbert W. Hoover, Sr. succeeded his father as Chairman of the Board of the Hoover Company.


hoover3Herbert W. Hoover, Jr. succeeded his father as Chairman of the Board and company president. An early conservationist, during the 1960’s and 70’s, he devoted his energy and resources to stopping development proposed for the environmentally sensitive areas of Dade County and Biscayne Bay in Southern Florida. His efforts were instrumental in the fight to establish Biscayne National Park and preserve the resources that it protects for future generations. Another major accomplishment by Herbert W. Hoover, Jr. was the creation of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. In 1990, the first grants were awarded from this Foundation.

Mr. Hoover was an early leader in the conservation movement, fighting to protect Biscayne Bay and leading the effort to create Biscayne National Park. The Hoover Environmental Defense Fund and the Hoover Environmental Group were created to protect the fragile marine environment of South Florida. Working to provide accurate information through scientific research; create awareness through public information and education; prevent off-shore oil drilling; and provide support for Biscayne National Park, have been Hoover initiatives for more than forty years.

Our Team

Elizabeth Lacey Hoover

Elizabeth Lacey Hoover is the daughter of Herbert W. Hoover Jr.. She embodies the long family tradition of community service, entrepreneurial skill, and teaching the next generation to preserve their natural resources and leave the world a better place. Environmentalist, philanthropist, and mother, she has served on the boards of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute, […]

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Colton Hoover Chase

Colton Chase is the Vice Chairman of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Miami with a primary focus on ecosystem science and more specifically on how to articulate issues facing the environment to the general public through the use of film and other new media forms. Colton has […]

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Caiti Waks, Esq.

Caiti Waks received her B.A. from the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science and Policy, and thereafter received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where she specialized in coastal and marine law and policy. While at the University of Florida, Caiti worked in the Conservation Clinic to facilitate the establishment […]

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Megan Pellegrino

Megan Pellegrino received her B.A. in History and M.A.T. in Integrated Social Studies Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Her graduate work focused on the representation of women in high school history textbooks. This research has been used by the National Women’s History Museum as they work to establish a physical presence on the […]

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Dr. Jeff Congeni

He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  His Internship was at Akron City Hospital, where he also did his Residency.  Dr. Congeni earned his MD from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and he earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.  He and his wife have three kids and reside in Canton, […]

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Jacqueline DeGarmo

Jackie is the President and Founder of Hilliard Jeane, which offers planning, organizational design and creative direction to businesses and design firms working with educational organizations.  She is the former Superintendent of Plain Local Schools (Stark County, Ohio).  She also serves on the Boards for United Way of Greater Stark County, Kent State University at Stark, Walsh University, and Aultman […]

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