The Defiance Area Foundation has been serving communities within Defiance County for the last 36 years. In these 36 years, the Defiance Area Foundation has been able to touch thousands of lives of those families residing within Defiance, Hicksville, Ney and Sherwood Ohio through many different funds for many different needs.
Being able to “bridge the communities” within Defiance County is very important to us. By providing a vehicle for community partnerships such as The Defiance County Fairgrounds grandstand project, or the Veteran’s Memorial Park, The Defiance Area Foundation is able to bring people together and continue to strengthen grant-making in all of Defiance County.
It is always exciting when we develop new funds and receive gifts within these communities. The Hicksville Community Fund and Sherwood Community Fund were started in their respec- tive communities to benefit projects and programs and support their local efforts.
The Hicksville Community fund has reached (drum roll please) the $35,000 mark and will begin grant-making this year! Thank you to the Hicksville Rotary Club for the matching gift to take us over the top. The Sherwood Community Fund has total assets of nearly $50,000 as of 6/30/15 which benefit the Sherwood and out-lying communities.
Final drum roll please……nearly $90,000 (including pledges) was raised in less than two years in the Fairview Schools Fund to be used for scholarships and mini- grants. This team has an initial goal to grow the fund to $100,000 to benefit teachers and students of Fairview Schools.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in the Sherwood and Hicksville development, grant-making or committee opportunities, contact The Foundation for more information.
“I have lived in Hicksville most of my life, and when the time came to start thinking about an estate plan, I knew I wanted to give back to the Community. My dilemma was there were so many organizations I wanted to support. I was having a difficult time narrowing down my choices. The perfect answer was The Defiance Area Foundation (Hicksville Fund), which I designated as beneficiary of my IRA.”
“Now I know that many Hicksville area organizations will benefit from my gift after I pass away. That’s what I want to accomplish with my legacy gift, to be a blessing to as many as possible. I encourage anyone considering a legacy donation to contact The Defiance Area Foundation. When asked the question, what kind of legacy do ” -Cheryl Hanna