During the week of November 12-18, 2012, Hancock County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. 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.
The celebration began with HCCF’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at Adaggios Banquet Hall on Friday, November 9. The event provided the public with entertainment by Hancock County’s own, Tony Howell, performances of past Vaughn performance finalist, the presentation of the Martha Beckenholdt Youth Philanthropy Award, stories of grants, donors, and more! Adding to the celebration, The HCCF Facebook page will be updated daily with HCCF facts, photos and information of the lives and organizations impacted by the Foundation’s efforts.
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The Hancock County Community Foundation held its first Match Day Celebration on July 24, where the community donated to 11 local nonprofits during a 24 hour period and HCCF proportionately matched those donations. Through the community’s generosity, the Foundation was able to transform the Enrichment Fund’s (a comprehensive, unrestricted endowment fund and a member of HCCF’s Spirit of Community fund family) annual grant into a community gift with an impact greater than HCCF could ever have imagined. With the community’s help, the Hancock County Community Foundation grew $33,000 into $237,539.27.
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 2012 Columbus Survey found that despite the recession, giving 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.
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
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.