Kenton, OH

Helping others.


Letter From the President
Friends of the Foundation:
If you have never attended our annual grant awards celebration, I would encourage you to do so. This past May we again hosted all of the worthwhile organizations in Hardin County who were awarded grants from the Foundation. Those groups had the opportunity to network with each other and hear about what wonderful things are being done to help the citizens of Hardin County. You would be surprised by the depth and breath of these programs. The Hardin County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of these activities. Again this past year we were fortunate to have our assets continue to grow. They grew from wise and conservative investments by the Board and also by generous contributions from our members and citizens of Hardin County. For those who gave let me say simply, Thank You. Without continued community support we would be less able to provide grants to county organizations. We are approaching $6 million dollars in assets and from starting with nothing in 1991, we have come a long way! Our continued existence and grant making ability is well protected into the future. The Foundation, with the guidance and advice of its outstanding Board of Trustees, and the continued support of the citizens of Hardin County, is well poised to support Hardin County community efforts for many years to come. Thank you.
William D. Hart, President
Improving the quality of life in Hardin County through charitable giving.
Providing a vehicle for donors with varied interests to support charitable and community activities.
Assessing and responding to emerging and changing community needs in the fields of education, youth services, recreation, arts and culture, social services, and civic and community development.
Developing a permanent endowment for the community.
Serving as a catalyst to initiate projects vital to the community.


The Hardin County Community Foundation was established to be the vehicle for those interested in fostering the present and future needs of the people of all ages in Hardin County in the fields of arts, health, education, recreation and beautification.
This is called giving back.
Community foundations have six characteristics:
  1. A flexible, yet permanent collection of funds supported by awide range of donors
  2. The relative independence to determine the best use of those funds to meet community needs
  3. A governing board of volunteers, knowledgeable of its community and recognized for its personal involvement in civic affairs
  4. An organizational commitment to provide leadership for community problems
  5. A commitment to assist donors to create funds and distributeproceeds in accordance with the donor’s intent
  6. Adherence to a sense of “community” that overrides individual  interests and objectives
Hardin County


This is called giving back.