Much to Celebrate

Every summer, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation celebrates. We commemorate the impact we made together at our Annual Celebration meeting. Last year the event was virtual. And Wednesday night, we premiered a second virtual celebration highlighting the positive impact made in the past several years.

In the video, you will see our staff and board members around Hancock County at projects we funded with the support of your gifts. You’ll see Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager Andrea Reinhart at 50 North, where we granted $100,000 to help with their building expansion; Board member Kelly Shroll at the Mobile Health Clinic, which we helped fund with a $150,000 grant; CFO Richard Brown at the Hancock County Fairgrounds talking about our support to construct the youth building; and Board Member Christina Rodriguez talking about the Foundation’s investment to make preschool more accessible.

I invite you to view the entire video above if you haven’t already. These stories of impact are powerful and encouraging. Each and everyone is made possible by your support.

Part of the celebration included debuting the Foundation’s new strategic plan. In May, the Foundation staff and board created a multi-year strategic plan based on data and feedback from a variety of stakeholders and community members. We identified four priority areas to guide our work for the next several years: increase awareness, cultivate relationships, grow resources, align grantmaking.

During my Listening Tour the first half of the year, all these priorities came up repeatedly in many different forms. The feedback you gave me led directly to these and I appreciate you guiding and affirming the work of your foundation.

This work will take many forms in the coming months. A new video series, new partnerships, unique giving opportunities, an anniversary celebration and more. We look forward to growing partnerships to accomplish new goals to meet the needs of our community, both now and for future generations.

You can follow along with our plan progress on our Facebook page and our website, where we will share our activities and ways you can partner with us in improving the quality of life for all in the community.

If you haven’t yet, the Annual Celebration video is available above. You’ll likely see familiar faces and a sample of the impact of your Foundation’s work over the past few years.

This editorial was originally printed in The Courier Friday, July 30, 2021.