The Defiance Area Foundation has been serving communities within Defiance County for the last 40 years. In these 40 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 respective communities to benefit projects and programs and support their local efforts.


What’s on the Horizon for 2018 – 2019?

  • 40th Anniversary
  • Hit $10 Million
  • Future Seminars for Non-Profts— Winter 2018


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  • 228 Children received new outfits in 2018
  • 86 Sponsors supported those children
  • 22 of those 86 sponsors made cash donations
  • 9 schools participated in the program
  • Generous donations of clothing and shoes were made


The Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) reached a milestone this year at 100 women strong! Gifts to the fund benefit our local community annually, while 25% of your donation is endowed to leave a legacy for future generations. Since inception in 2011, the WGC has granted over $118,000 to benefit women and children in our community.


Ohio Women’s Open

The Ohio Women’s Open entered it’s 11th year and we are blessed to be a part of this unique golf outing in our community.


The Sherwood Community Fund

The Sherwood Community Fund Committee continues to work hard to raise gifts and award grants in the Sherwood Community. Thank you to this team who continues to serve .


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The Hicksville Community Fund

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.


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“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