The Community Foundation is excited to announce that staff member Eric Hessel has been promoted from Program Officer to Vice President of Programs. As Vice President of Programs, Eric will oversee all HCCF grantmaking and community leadership programs. This promotion recognizes the expanded portfolio of duties Eric has overseen over the past year, including leading the community engagement portion of the Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Community Leadership Initiative.
Born in Pittsboro, Hessel started working with the Community Foundation in 2003 as a youth grantmaker and has since served successively as Intern, Program Administrator and Program Officer since 2010. Prior to joining HCCF full time, Hessel worked in youth programming and with the US Census Bureau. Eric has worked diligently the past 10 years to build relationships in the local community that assist in strategic and effective grantmaking decisions, He has served Hendricks County well for many years and the Community Foundation Board and Staff are excited to see him step into his new role.
The Hendricks County Community Foundation partners with generous people to realize their charitable goals while addressing community needs in meaningful and lasting ways. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $18 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded over $1.6 million in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org.