Seeking excellence: Foundation graduates its first academy for nonprofit leaders


The inaugural class of the Excellence Academy graduated in May. Pictured are, from left, Suzanne Derengowski, executive director, Hancock County Senior Services; Mary Gibble, president/CEO, Hancock County Community Foundation; Katie Ottinger, community investment and grants officer, Hancock County Community Foundation; Debra Weber, executive director, Love INC; Lynda Kosh, executive director, Meals on Wheels; Chantel Fowler, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County; Amy Studabaker, board secretary, Friends of the Theater; and Bryan Richards, president, Aspen Impact.

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GREENFIELD – The first class of the Hancock County Community Foundation’s Excellence Academy graduated in May, completing a three-year journey of education and networking.

The Excellence Academy provides an in-depth curriculum and learning community for small and mid-size nonprofit organizations that serve Hancock County.

Participants learn together about leadership, board engagement, resource development, and nonprofit management.

The community foundation partnered with Bryan Richards of Aspen Impact to offer the inaugural program. Other groups that contributed to the program included Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Theater, Love In the Name of Christ, Meals on Wheels, and Hancock County Senior Services.


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