WHO WE ARE
“Handbags That Help” (HTH) is a women’s giving circle formed in June 2007 by local women committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the greater Hancock County community by collectively funding significant grants to charitable projects and programs and increasing philanthropy in our community.
HTH is an independent philanthropic organization hosted and supported by The Community Foundation. The Community Foundation staff members provide assistance and guidance to HTH where needed, including advising HTH regarding tax and legal matters. All policy, decisions and grants made by HTH and its voting membership are done autonomously. Click here for our bylaws.
HTH’s purpose is to:
HOW WE GIVE
Members each contribute $500 annually for one year of membership.
Pooled Fund Awards:
HTH is committed to providing its members with the skills and knowledge needed to make wise social investments. To this end, HTH organizes educational programs covering a variety of topics related to philanthropy.
HTH educates, inspires, and increases the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen community and demonstrate the impact that can result from informed, focused grant making.
2012-2013 GUIDING CIRCLE
The Guiding Circle is the executive committee which governs HTH. It consist of eight members of HTH, each of whom must be an Individual Voting Member.
Judy Pusateri, Chair
Kristen Johnson, Vice Chair
Cheryl Buckland, Member at Large
Erin Poling, Secretary
Marie Swaisgood, Treasurer
Mary Beth Hammond, Program Committee Chair
Donna Ridenour, Grants Committee Chair
Amy Ballinger, Communications Chair