Addictions and Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Endowment Fund
This fund, established in memory of Mildred Hawkins Wilfong, benefits agencies that provide direct services for education and treatment to people who have suffered or are suffering from addictions to alcohol or controlled substances.
The Arc of Hancock County, Inc. Endowment Fund
This operating endowment fund provides perpetual operating income to the organization to further its mission to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community through their lifetimes.
John C. Beeson Humanitarian Endowment Fund
This donor advised fund, created by Karen Beeson to honor her son John, allows her and her daughters the opportunity and flexibility to recommend grants to HCCF for charitable causes and organizations that serve the less fortunate, exemplifying John’s passion for serving others.
Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center, Inc. Operating Endowment Fund
Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center, Inc. Operating Endowment Fund was established to allow the organization to further its mission to improving the quality of lives of people with special needs. Through the rider and horse relationship they offer opportunities for people to nurture independence, confidence and trust in a safe and stimulating environment.
FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement) Endowment Fund
FUSE provides support to Indiana families raising children with special needs and guides these families to information and resources that make the challenge of parenting these children a little easier. This incredible organization will better serve its constituents due to its establishment of a fund that will generate perpetual operating income, thereby reducing the need to raise operating dollars through fundraising. Established by FUSE’s Board of Directors and matched by HCCF during the Pathlight Initiative, every $2 contribution made to the agency’s endowment fund was matched with $1 from the Hancock County Community Foundation.
Greenfield Lions Club Endowment Fund
The Greenfield Lions Club created this fund for future programs and activities that support their mission to empower volunteers to serve their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding.
Hancock4Kids Community Project Fund
HCCF acts as the fiscal sponsor for Hancock4Kids, a coalition of caring people determined to eliminate violence imposed upon Hancock County children, through education and advocacy.
Hancock County Food Pantry Endowment Fund
How does an organization like the Food Pantry sustain its operating budget? Currently, they send out community alerts requesting donations of supplies, hope for cash donations for rent, and do fundraisers where needed. An agency endowment fund has been created to open the door for a new source of income – a “forever” fund. Agency endowment funds benefit greatly not only from cash gifts, but from planned gifts – given through wills, retirement plans, charitable annuities and trusts. Ultimately, this fund will provide a perpetual stream of income for an organization that needs to concentrate on its mission, not fundraising. If you feel passionately about the Hancock County Food Pantry and its ability to provide services for the long-term, this is the fund for you!
Hancock County Friends of the Family Endowment Fund
The Hancock County branch of Families First grants will provide funds for operations, and capital improvements for the Hancock County office.
Hancock County Senior Services, Inc. Endowment Fund
This fund provides operating support to HCSSI in order that they may serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families through the provision of non-medical support services including public transportation, to allow individuals to maintain the greatest possible independence.
Hancock County Senior Services Handyman Endowment Fund
This fund provides operating support for mowing, snow removal, yard maintenance and minor home repair for the elderly.
Hancock Hope House Endowment Fund
This endowment fund provides support for the organization’s operating needs, and capital improvements. All funding furthers the mission of the organization to provide shelter to homeless families and individuals who are residents of Hancock, Rush, and Shelby counties.
Humanitarian Endowment Fund
A member of the Spirit of Community fund family, grants support physical and mental health, rehabilitative services, and crisis intervention. It also promotes housing and shelter services, services supporting the elderly, youth, families, and people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, minorities, and other special groups in Hancock County.
Christina Kellermeier Memorial Endowment Fund
In honor of nine-year-old Christina Kellermeier, an endowed fund was established at HCCF in October, 2015 that will forever provide financial support to J. B. Stephens Elementary School. “Everyone there was so incredibly supportive during Christina’s illness. It’s fitting that the fund’s income benefit the school,” shared Lori Gossett, Christina’s mother.
Christina lost her battle with a brain tumor on October 19, 2015. J.B. Stephen’s teachers, Christina Leininger and Krista Steeno, immediately contacted HCCF regarding the possibility of establishing a fund. HCCF acted quickly, assuring them that HCCF could immediately accept gifts, provide charitable benefit to donors, and work through the details of the fund’s purpose with the family, when the time was right. Contribution envelopes were personalized and delivered to the funeral home and memorial gifts poured in from friends and family. Perhaps the most touching show of support came at the holidays from Christina’s third grade classmates. In keeping with Christina’s love for dressing up, students enjoyed donating $1 to wear a hat, $2 to bring a stuffed animal, and $3 to wear pajamas to school. A $5 donation provided the opportunity to do all three. Christina Leininger was incredibly moved by the generosity of the students which resulted in an $800 gift to the fund. Another $300 was donated by parents and teachers. The $3,500 balance of the fund is well on its way to its required $15,000 balance to make grants.
Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Operating Endowment Fund
The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Operating Endowment Fund was established to provide operating support to further the soup kitchen’s mission to serve the Sheep of Jesus Christ regardless of their race, religion, gender, orientation, medical diagnosis, mental capacity or criminal history by providing their immediate need for nutritious meals..
James E. and Catherine L. Matthews Charitable Endowment Fund
Jim and Cathy know the challenge of finding funding to start up a nonprofit; therefore, the purpose of this future fund is to support costs related to the establishment of new nonprofits doing charitable work.
Prevent Child Abuse Endowment Fund
Prevent Child Abuse of Hancock County has existed as an organizational presence in our community since 1995. For many years, an active Board of Directors worked diligently to support prevention and education programs on issues surrounding child abuse, domestic violence, and family nurturing. Now the good work of this organization will continue through the income generated by an endowment fund of the same name which is designed to meet the same needs. It has done so through an annual competitive grant cycle which will be open to organizations and programs designed to educate the community about the negative effects of child abuse. Special recognition for the good work of this organization over the years goes to Board members Rex and Charlene Smith, Phil and Pam Hayes, Mike and Susan Bennett, and Ruthi Alewine, as well as the many supportive community members who hold this cause close to their hearts.
Roger D. and Beverly J. Reason Charitable Endowment
Roger Reason’s roots with the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) run throughout the organization’s 25-year history.
He served on the HCCF board of directors from 1992-2003 and was chair of the board for two years. Then in 2016, he established his second fund through HCCF with his wife, Beverly.
As one of the few estate planners in the community in HCCF’s infancy, Roger picked up on his clients’ interests in leaving charitable legacies. He began to share the vision of a community foundation and the power of endowment building with the people who came through his doors, and many of the first funds established at HCCF are due to Reason’s work.
“I became passionate about the idea,” Roger states. “Working with such incredible people, fellow board members, staff, and most importantly compassionate donors provided a wonderful opportunity in my life for which I will always be grateful.”
In addition to talking the talk, Roger has walked the walk – he has established two funds through HCCF.
The first is the W. H. and Lola Reason Endowment for Patriotism Fund that supports programs and initiatives in an effort to educate the youth of Hancock County about the sacrifices men and women made in protecting the United States during World War II.
Roger’s father served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a part of Battery C, 756th Field Artillery Battalion. He risked his life in the Southwest Pacific invasions of Luzon, Philippines, on January 9, 1945, and New Guinea, on his way to invading the Empire of Japan.
Roger penned the fund agreement himself within an hour of his father’s passing in 1999.
“I was blessed to be with my father in attending the final reunion of his fellow soldiers prior to his death. His fellow soldiers, now in their upper 80s, told me how my father had a calmness and sense of purpose that helped them carry out their orders. They all looked up to him,” Roger recalls.
“Certainly I was proud of my father and of my mother who, during the war, made gun sights at Lucas Herald in Indianapolis. My parents were a part of what we now all consider the greatest generation of Americans. It is very important to me that we remember the past to improve upon the future. That generation set a high bar for us, and we can’t hope to achieve parity with the accomplishments of those forefathers if future generations aren’t even told about their accomplishments.”
Roger established his second fund with Beverly in 2016 – the Roger D. and Beverly J. Reason Charitable Endowment Fund. This fund provides support for Hancock County organizations that address food insecurity through the provision of related resources to those in need of nourishment.
Roger participated on the Child Protection Team in Hancock County early in his career as a lawyer and was shocked by the many needs of his neighbors in the community where he grew up. Beverly witnessed the results of poverty as the business manager at Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation her entire career. It was these realizations and their strong Christian faith that led them to establish a fund supporting what they believe is “one of the most basic rights of everyone.”
“Our eyes were opened when we began attending a small United Methodist Church in Palmetto, Florida. This church supports a robust food pantry that services as many as 130 new families each month. We were stunned, and as a result, we support this endeavor through our church,” Beverly says. “No one should be deprived of proper and adequate nourishment.”
In retirement, the Reasons now split time between living in Florida and Hawaii.
“The county was good to both of us, and there is no better place to give back to a community than Hancock County,” Beverly concludes. “We moved to Florida in December 2014, but our hearts will forever belong to Hancock County.”
Aneta Stewart Charitable Endowment Fund
Aneta passion is apparent through the establishment of this legacy fund which benefits multiple organizations that serve those with special abilities.
Women’s Resource Center of Hancock County, Inc. Community Project Fund
This non-permanent charitable fund was established by the Women’s Resource Center of Hancock County, Inc. to provide operating support to fulfill its mission of providing guidance, tools, and resources to increase the financial stability and economic security of women and their families.