TCF Awards $100K for School Active Shooter Protection System

September 23, 2022

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees awarded Findlay City Schools a $100,000 grant for implementation of the SafeDefend™ active shooter protection system. The Findlay City School Board approved the purchase and installation of SafeDefend™ at the August Board of Education meeting.

“This fall, The Community Foundation is focused on youth to ensure there are permanent, endowed funds to support them. As part of our commitment to young people in Hancock County, the Foundation is proud to award this grant to keep them as safe as possible in our schools,” said Brian Treece, President & CEO of The Community Foundation. “Our vision is a lasting community impact. Supporting the district in creating a safe learning environment will go a long way in helping us achieve it.”

The SafeDefend™ system prepares for, notifies of, and protects in the event of, an active shooter situation. SafeDefend™ trains staff and equips each classroom and common space with a safety supply box and biometric activation device. When activated, SafeDefend™ sends an instant alert (text, email or voice) to a nationwide monitoring company, select school personnel and all first responders with the exact location of the activated device. An announcement is also made over the school’s public address system.

“We’re thrilled and grateful to The Community Foundation for supporting this safety initiative,” said Krista Crates-Miller, Interim Superintendent of Findlay City Schools. “The safety of our staff and students are our top priority.”

SafeDefend™ has been installed in over 300 schools in nine states, with more than 20,000 teachers and staff for crisis management and active shooter response. Findlay will be the first school district in Ohio to implement the system.

“The Community Foundation is proud to support this project and we hope other organizations and individuals will join us in this effort,” said Treece.

If you wish to support this project, please email For more information about the system visit