In 2013, the Women’s Fund Giving Circle grant committee determined
there was a community need for a dedicated effort to address economic self-sufficiency for women and girls. The committee researched models and approved grant funds to launch the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). In January 2014 the WRC board began meeting regularly, and by June 2014 an executive director was hired. Since that time, the WRC has received nearly 300 referrals from the Hancock County community (as of 2022).
Beth Ingle, the current executive director, says she learned about the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) years ago when her dear friend Mary Gibble began working there. According to Beth, the WRC Board of Directors has always wanted to start an operating endowment with HCCF, but the timing had not been right until now. The WRC wants to continue to lift and support women in the community; having an endowment that will forever support the WRC in achieving its mission is so important to the board and Beth.
“The Community Foundation is the glue that holds our community together,” declares Beth. “The support that HCCF gives the nonprofit community through philanthropy and stewardship of donations is so needed for our community to grow.
“HCCF and its staff go above and beyond to offer support to our community, and they have always been there to guide our small nonprofit to be the successful organization it is today. Without their support, we would not be where we are today.”