Foundation hits grant milestone

By MAX FILBY
STAFF WRITER

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has hit the $30 million mark in grants.

The philanthropic organization celebrated that milestone amount of money at its annual meeting Wednesday night at the Findlay Country Club.

The foundation has been awarding grants since 1994.

“We are just so grateful,” said Katherine Kreuchauf, foundation president. “This really is a milestone.”

In 2013, the organization awarded 394 grants for a total of $2.2 million, said Patricia Brown, chair of the foundation’s board. The foundation also received $3.7 million in gifts in 2013.

“I can’t imagine how different this community would be if the foundation were not here,” Kreuchauf said. “We’re confident it will all have a tremendous impact.”

The Community Foundation used Wednesday’s meeting to celebrate the contributions of local women involved in philanthropy. A crowd of about 200 people heard from Jeanne Rustic, former community solutions director for the United Way of Hancock County; Kim Stumpp, a telecommunications representative who serves on the foundation’s grants committee; and JoAnn Reeds, a former principal who serves on Century Health’s board.

The women told stories about how they became involved with philanthropy and why they enjoy doing it.

Rustic said she remembered the first time she donated, giving a dime to the March of Dimes organization when she was just a child.

“In my family, I thought that was just what you were supposed to do,” she said.

The foundation also announced its next officers: Chair Michael Needler, Vice Chair Gwen Kuenzli, Treasurer Gary Peiffer, and Secretary Sherri Garner Brumbaugh.

Michael Wilder, vice president, general counsel and secretary at Marathon Petroleum, will be joining the foundation as a new board member for the 2014-15 session.

Separately, foundation members thanked retiring board member Ralph Russo for his 18 years of service.

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