The Women’s Fund of Hancock County, a fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF), made grants at the Women’s Fund Grantmaking Event on Friday, April 27. The Women’s Fund Grant Committee evaluated 6 applications, narrowing the field to two through diligent review practices and a series of on-site interviews. The final two applicants made presentations at the Grantmaking event, where over 100 women and girls attended. The awards were presented after a vote by the Women’s Fund members. The Fund’s Advisory Committee had anticipated awarding only one grant, but the generosity of 2011 Women’s Fund Members resulted in enough funding to award grants to both of the organizations, totaling $10,000.
Safe Families for Children received an $8,000 grant to bring Safe Families for Children to Hancock County. Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. Safe, loving homes are provided where parents may voluntarily have their children cared for while they seek to restore stability in their lives. Their dedication to family support, stabilization, and child abuse prevention is driven by responsibility for the well-being of children in communities. Founded in 2002, Safe Families for Children has partnered with local communities in over 20 states and 50 locations, temporarily caring for thousands of children. It is their intent to expand the program to Hancock County.
Purdue Extension received a $2,000 grant for their Kindergarten 101 program. Kindergarten 101 is a free week long experience where children will learn basic skills that will help them succeed in Kindergarten. In addition, they will receive games and activities to continue the learning at home. Parents will also get the opportunity to learn how to best help their child in Kindergarten through two parent classes. Kindergarten 101 is for students who will enter Kindergarten in August of 2012. Preference is given to those children who have not participated in pre-school or a structured daycare.
The Women’s Fund of Hancock County makes grants to address needs and issues affecting women and families. “The Women’s Fund is a giving circle. Giving circles are a form of philanthropy consisting of groups of individuals who pool their resources to donate to their communities and seek to increase their awareness and engagement in the process of giving,” says Mary Gibble, HCCF President. “It is an opportunity for Hancock County women and girls, beginning at age 10, to be involved in strengthening our community with an annual financial commitment to the fund in any amount meaningful to them. Together, they make a significant impact on vital programs.” Members are women and girls who believe that high-priority issues should be addressed thoughtfully to inspire social change and improve our quality of life for generations to come.
2012 marks the Community Foundation’s celebration of working with caring individuals, families, and organizations for 20 years. Our mission is to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8 million since its inception in 1992.
Picutred above right-Safe Families for Children: Mary Gibble, HCCF President; Sandy Miller, WF Grant Committee Chair; Krista Davis, Safe Families for Children; Maggie Beal, Safe Families for Children; Suzanne Walker, WF Advisory Council President; Alyse Vail, HCCF Program Officer
Pictured above left-Purdue Extension: Sandy Miller, WF Grant Committee Chair; Alyse Vail, HCCF Program Officer; Sarah Burke, Purdue Extension Educator; Mary Gibble, HCCF President; Suzanne Walker, WF Advisory Council