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 Foundation 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, grantmaking, 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 a 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 Wilson at ewilson@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, becomes a powerful agent for change.
Gifts of any size made to the Women’s Fund of Hancock County are making a difference in the lives of women in our community. The Women’s Fund grantmaking to the Women’s Resource Center has allowed women to seek help and the navigation they need to live a life of economic empowerment and self-sufficiency.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has changed Haley West’s life. Since May 2019, Haley has been working with Beth Ingle, WRC Executive Director, receiving the support she needs to gain a life of self-sufficiency and economic empowerment. “With the support from WRC, I have been provided with care, information, and continual support to better myself and improve my self-esteem,” Haley says. “The most influential, however, has been the welcoming, consistent support that I receive from Beth Ingle. Knowing you have that person who sees you and truly wants to be on your side gives you so much motivation and hope for yourself.” Haley would like the Women’s Fund of Hancock County donors to know….”The WRC has such an amazing purpose. You would truly have to experience it for yourself to know how safe it can make women feel when they come to the WRC looking for that push to change their lives for the better.”
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 is 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 the 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 to 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.
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 three years. This decision is to ensure that the WRC continues to grow and be successful.
Thanks to our generous community for their gifts in 2020, the Women’s Fund of Hancock County will be able to grant more than $28,000 to the Women’s Resource Center this year. Our grantmaking takes place at the Women’s Fund Annual Event, The Power of the Philanthropic Purse (POPP). Please visit the POPP tab to stay up to date on POPP 2021. 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, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
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 $194,000 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
Women's Fund Donors
Listed below are 2022 Women’s Fund of Hancock County DonorsDiamond Society Emerald Society Ruby Society
Kathy Cool Rathbun
Hancock County Business and Professional Women’s Club
Kenneth and Joan Peterson
Tri Kappa Beta Unit