April 12, 2017
The Handbags That Help women’s giving circle held their annual celebration meeting Wednesday, April 12 and awarded grants totaling $39,320 to four local nonprofits.
HTH requests letters of intent for grants in the fall. The nonprofits whose grants are accepted are visited by a committee of women from HTH in the winter. The membership votes on the agencies that will receive grants at their March meeting.
HTH has granted $410,920 in nine grant cycles to support the following 21 local nonprofit organizations: American Red Cross of Hancock County, the Arts Partnership, Camp Fire, Cancer Patient Services, Caughman Health Center, the Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Century Health, Children’s Museum of Findlay, Christian Clearing House, Family Resource Center, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Findlay YMCA, Fire Relief Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Hancock County ADAHMS Board, Hancock County Saves, the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Owens Community College Foundation and Read for L.I.F.E.
HTH was formed in 2007 by a group of women committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the greater Hancock County community by collectively funding significant grants to charitable projects. The giving circle is open to all area women. Each year, every dollar generated by HTH memberships is passed directly on to the community through grants voted on by the members. A $500 annual donation gives each member a single vote as to how the pooled funds will be awarded that year; group memberships of 2-5 women are also available. This year, 128 local women were members of HTH.
The women’s giving circle is supported by The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. HTH is currently accepting memberships for its tenth membership year in 2017-2018. For more information regarding HTH, please contact The Community Foundation at (419) 425-1100.