Type: Common Good
This fund was established in celebration of Kathy’s years of leadership of The Community Foundation. For 12 years, Kathy led The Community Foundation with strength, grace and exceptional passion. In every project, initiative and endeavor, the donor’s wishes were her highest priority. Kathy built rapport with hundreds of individuals and organizations in the community, made evident by the growth in the Foundation during her tenure. During that time, the Foundation nearly tripled in assets. This growth is not just a number to the Foundation, it is a gateway of opportunity for our community; opportunity made possible by Kathy and her leadership.
Kathy lives and breathes our mission of improving the quality of life in Hancock County. In 12 years, she directed more than $35.5 million in grantmaking. She was the catalyst for the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership, was deeply engaged with adopting the Collective Impact process to benefit systems change via eight coalitions in areas of need in the community, and championed The Family Center and Community Heart & Soul. Because of her guidance, The Community Foundation has accomplished more than any of our founders could have imagined possible.
Kathy’s commitment was truly demonstrated by a county-wide effort to create a dedicated performing arts center in Findlay. Kathy offered Foundation office space, created a supporting organization, was part of an $18 million capital campaign, and became a founding board member of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Kathy’s hands-on approach extended beyond the Foundation. She served as a board member for Owens Community College, the Toledo Opera Association, and the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance. She is a member of the Findlay Rotary Club and was given the Chamber’s ATHENA award for women in business. Kathy served as the University of Findlay’s visiting Dana Scholar to mentor business students and as a 4-H advisor. Under her leadership, the Foundation was named AFP’s Outstanding Foundation and was given OANO’s award for Outstanding Programming.
Kathy is a champion for the entire community. She has changed the lives of countless individuals, past and present, and her legacy will continue to benefit many generations to come through her work and this fund. One thing is certain: Kathy has undoubtedly changed Hancock County for the better.