The Board of Trustees strives to raise funds as part of its Annual “Give a Gift of Nature” Campaign aimed at supplementing the Hancock Park District’s budget in an effort to advance and improve parks, programs, and services. A gift catalog has been established to directly benefit the Hancock Park District and other organizations that agree to utilize financial aid and support exclusively for parks and recreation in Hancock County. It affords the Hancock Park District the opportunity to facilitate your quest for an enriched quality of life.
While many gifts to the Hancock Parks Foundation are in the form of cash, other giving opportunities include restricted or unrestricted bequests from charitable remainder trusts, wills, and estate planning that can benefit the donor and the community.
The following funds directly benefit the Hancock Park District and other organizations that agree to utilize financial aid and support exclusively for parks and recreation in Hancock County.
Site amenities, such as picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, recycle centers, message centers, bike racks, and signs all aimed at improving the visitor’s experience and a variety of other projects and purchases based on what is needed the most.
TREE PLANTING FUND
Trees and related expenses for habitat, beautification, reforestation, restoration, and memorials.
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAM FUND
Environmental Education, Living History, Outdoor Recreation, and general programs aimed in part at encouraging children to spend more time in the outdoors, providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together, and teaching outdoor skills that can be used over the course of a lifetime. Equipment needs include canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, paddles, life vests, backpacks, camping gear, archery equipment, and fishing poles and tackle.
OAKWOOD NATURE PRESERVE “DOC” PHILLIPS FUND
Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, which serves as a year-round venue for environmental education programs with exhibits, live animals, animal mounts, and displays.
Programs and property improvements at Litzenberg Memorial Woods.
WETLANDS MITIGATION FUND
Restoration and preservation of wetlands.
OFFICE PURCHASE/IMPROVEMENT FUND
Building and office improvements, including furnishings.
ROBERT G. PAYNE ARBORETUM TRUST FUND
Development, improvement, maintenance,and interpretation of the Robert G. Payne Arboretum at Riverbend Recreation Area.
BLANCHARD RIVER GREENWAY FUND
Design, development, and ongoing maintenance and improvement of the Blanchard River Greenway Trail.
Yes, I want to contribute!
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Hancock County through collaborative leadership, responsible grant making, and the development of philanthropic giving. The Hancock Parks Foundation Board of Trustees serves as an advisor for two endowment funds managed by The Community Foundation:
This fund was established in 2006 to support the construction and maintenance of bicycle trails in Hancock County, bicycle safety classes, and bicycle recreation programs as determined by the Hancock Parks Foundation.
This fund was established in 1999 by the Hancock Parks Foundation to support the Hancock Park District and other qualified organizations providing parks and recreation activities.
THE FINDLAY-HANCOCK COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
101 West Sandusky Street, Suite 207
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Hancock Parks Foundation
Board of Trustees
Richard Kidwell, President
Cameron Williams, Vice President
Betsy Worden, Trustee
Dave Distel, Trustee
Shane Myers, Trustee
Lisa McClain, Trustee
Patrick Barnes, Trustee
Mike Gilligan, Trustee
Jillian Strete, Trustee
Scott Younger, Trustee
Jeff Whitman, Legal Advisor