Women’s Fund of Hancock County
Guided by an Advisory Board comprised of community representatives in Hancock County, more than 100 women are now involved in moving The Women’s Fund of Hancock County forward. The Women’s Fund of Hancock County inspires women and girls to unite through charitable giving for the purpose of addressing needs and issues affecting women and families in our community. The Women’s Fund of Hancock County holds funds at the Hancock County Community that increase the financial resources available for programs and organizations by and for women and girls in Hancock County. The Women’s Fund receives staff support from the Community Foundation in asset development, grant making, public relations, investments and administration.
What is the Women’s Fund of Hancock County?
The Women’s Fund is driven by a circle of women and girls committed to strengthening Hancock County communities. Our donors 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.
Knowing that combined efforts have greater impact, dedicated donors pool their resources into the Women’s Fund of Hancock County held at the Hancock County Community Foundation. A portion of each gift is permanently endowed, ensuring resources and creating a legacy for the future; and a portion is available for grants to address community needs and issues that are important to Hancock County women and families.
How can I donate to the Women’s Fund of Hancock County?
Visit our donate page to learn how you can give today!
For more information, please contact Emily Wethington at ewethington@giveHCgrowHC.org or call 317.462.8870.
The Power of a Giving Circle
The Power of a Giving Circle
By donating to the Women’s Fund, you become part of an important circle of women, who through their time and treasures, make an incredible difference in the lives of Hancock County women and their families. Your donation, combined with those of your friends, become a powerful agent for change.
Who can become a donor of the Women’s Fund of Hancock County?
You can! Any woman or girl over the age of 16 who supports the mission of the Women’s Fund and makes an annual financial commitment qualifies as a donor. Girls under 16 may be sponsored by an adult donor. Being a donor of the Women’s Fund in a one year term and runs January 1 – December 31 each year.
What is the donor commitment?
Women and girls from across the county make an annual financial commitment to the fund in any amount meaningful to them. Each tax-deductible gift is divided equally between Irene Walrod Curry Endowment to ensure sustainability of our good work, and a grantmaking fund for annual distribution. The impact of your contribution is immediate: if, for example, the Women’s Fund receives $1,000 in combined donations, $500 is available for grantmaking and $500 will be placed in the endowment fund, allowing you to help create a legacy of solutions!
Can men donate the Women’s Fund?
While the Women’s Fund was created as a giving circle for women and girls, men who support our mission may also contribute! We invite men to make a gift to the Women’s Fund in honor or memory of a special woman in their life.
HCCF Board Chair Emeritus, Bob Bogigian, makes a yearly donation in honor of his wife, Ellen. As a husband and father to three daughters, he sees the importance of supporting women’s issues. It is as easy as sending a gift once a year to renew Ellen’s WF term.
HCCF Board Member, Terry Tillett is in a household surrounded by women: his wife Susan and their three daughters, Teran, Tessa, and Toni. He understands and supports the concerns and issues of the women he loves and those in the community. Once a year, Terry makes a gift to renew Susan’s WF term and supports a woman’s journey to self-sufficiency.
Women’s Fund Grantmaking
The Women’s Fund of Hancock County inspires women and girls to unite through charitable giving for the purpose of addressing needs and issues affecting women and families in our community.
In 2012, the Women’s Fund of Hancock County created a task force to consider women’s issues. From that task force, the Women’s Resource Center was born and opened its doors in 2014. After the 2018 Power of the Purse, the Women’s Fund Committee made the thoughtful decision to grant to the Women’s Resource Center for the next 3 years. This decision is to ensure that the WRC continues to grow and be successful.
The Women’s Fund of Hancock County was able to grant $20,278.46 to the Women’s Resource at the 2019 Power of the Philanthropic Purse event on Saturday, August 3, 2019. We appreciate the work WRC is doing to help women get back on their feet and onto a life of self-sufficiency and economic empowerment.
What is the Women’s Resource Center?
In 2013, the Women’s Fund of Hancock County identified a need to be more proactive in addressing issues facing women in Hancock County, and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was created as an initiative of Women’s Fund. The Women’s Fund pledged their financial support for three years to get the organization started and is pleased that the WRC now has its own 501c3 determination, a Board of Directors, and an Executive Director. The Women’s Fund of Hancock County still passionately supports the work of the WRC.
Who has the Women’s Fund of Hancock County awarded grants to?
Since its creation in 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $170,936 in grants to the following organizations:
- Alternatives Inc. of Madison County
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County
- Children’s Bureau, Inc.
- Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center
- Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation
- Hope Center Indy
- Love INC
- Mental Health Partners
- Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation
- Nameless Creek Youth Camp
- Purdue Extension Hancock County
- Royal Family Kids Camp of Central Indiana
- Safe Families for Children Central Indiana
- Women’s Resource Center
Power Of The Philanthropic Purse
Saturday, August 3, 2019 9:00 am
Bradley Hall 2 W. Main St., Greenfield, IN 46140
Hope you were able to join us! See you next year!
Leo’s Market and Eatery
Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory
Greenfield Banking Company
Springhurst Health Campus
Since 2010, the Women’s Fund of Hancock County has hosted an annual purse-themed donor event to support programs and projects that empower women and their families. The Power of the Philanthropic Purse (POPP) provides a wonderful time for networking, grantmaking, grant impact, and philanthropic education. In keeping with our purse theme, donors have a chance to win a designer purse as a door prize, but rather than donate a purse or purchase a purse, we ask that a monetary donation be made in any amount that is meaningful to the donor. With a gift from a philanthropic purse, the Women’s Fund Giving Circle will grow and the economic self-sufficiency of women and families will be greatly improved.
Women's Fund Donors
Listed below are 2020 Women’s Fund of Hancock County Donors
- Ms. Candy Brisson
- Mrs. Cheyanne Petry
In 2017, we introduced our Diamond Society to honor the 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Fund of Hancock County. By giving $1,000 to the Women’s Fund of Hancock, you join an elite group of women in the Diamond Society. Just like the Women’s Fund donor terms, this is a one-year term and can be renewed each year.
2020 Diamond Society Donors: