The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations nationwide as they celebrate Community Foundation Week November 14-18, 2011. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. As in years past, Community Foundation Week will coincide with National Philanthropy Day on November 15, 2011.
Since it was established in 1992, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has granted more than $23 million to Hancock County nonprofit organizations. The Community Foundation is home to more than 270 endowment funds, established by donors to support our community.
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Katherine Kreuchauf, President of the Community Foundation. “In a down economy, with limited resources and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems.”
Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues. The 2010 Columbus Survey found that despite the recession, grants awarded by the nation’s 100 largest community foundations actually increased slightly in 2010 to $3.7 billion and exceeded prerecession levels seen in 2006 and 2007.