The Community Foundation: Making an Impact

. May 31, 2018.


The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is on a mission is to improve the quality of life in Hancock County through collaborative leadership, responsible grant-making and the development of philanthropic giving.

In 1976, Findlay resident L. Dale Dorney left the Cleveland Foundation a $5 million bequest dedicated to two interests: strengthening collegiate business education in Ohio and improving the quality of life in Findlay and Hancock County. He hoped the Findlay portion of his gift might one day form the nucleus of a community foundation. His dream came to fruition when The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation was established in 1992.

What they do

In 26 years, The Community Foundation has worked with thousands of donors who give through the Foundation. The smallest gift was $1 while the largest was $25 million.

They work in three parts:
– Donors establish charitable funds (currently 400)
– The funds are invested together in a large pool ($130 million in total, currently)
– Each year, up to 4.5% of each fund is awarded to nonprofits and students in the form of grants and scholarships ($49 million in 25 years)

Donor Impact

Through the Foundation, donors have been able to make significant impact in the community through several grants and programs:

Community Heart & Soul—the Foundation partnered with the Orton Family Foundation to develop rural communities in Hancock County. Nearly $300,000 has been invested in McComb and Mt. Blanchard since 2015.

The Family Center—a multi-tenant nonprofit facility owned and operated by the Foundation. The Center is home to 12 nonprofit organizations, helping the agencies to keep overhead costs low while allowing them to focus on their missions.

Handbags That Help—their women’s giving circle gathers each year to grant more than $30,000 to worthy projects to build strong families.

Capacity Building—strengthening local nonprofits, a regular rotation of national experts conducting workshops and one-on-one trainings in a number of areas, including but not limited to: fundraising, governance, leadership and outreach.

The next 25 years

In 2017, the Foundation partnered with the United Way of Hancock County to talk to 1,000 people in Community Conversations. The goal was to ensure that the grants their board awards are in line with the community’s five priorities: housing, mental health, safety, transportation and workforce.

Moving forward they will prioritize support projects in each area with grant dollars. They are also committed to educating and partnering with their donors to amplify their impact in these areas.

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation 
101 W Sandusky St, Ste 207
419-425-1100 | | FACEBOOK

Attend their free Annual Celebration, June 20, 2018.
Hancock Hotel (631 S. Main St.) from 5-7pm.