HELP US TO CREATE A LASTING LEGACY IN HANCOCK COUNTY
The Hancock Historical Museum is a privately-funded, nonprofit history museum founded in 1970 by five Findlay residents who wanted to ensure the rich heritage of Hancock County wouldn’t be forgotten with the passage of time.
Their vision is alive today in vibrant educational programs, dynamic exhibits and successful preservation efforts that honor Hancock County’s past while inspiring its future. Thousands of children and adults tour the museum’s buildings and sites every year to learn more about the community they share and its contributions to the region.
As a private nonprofit organization, the museum raises funds from a variety of sources for educational programming, preservation and curation. Private donations (including memberships and funds received through the museum’s endowment) account for more than 78 percent of annual operating funds.
The Hancock Historical Museum is a one-of-a-kind and much-loved resource in our community. Without it, things like our community sense of place and shared history would fade. Please consider making a financial gift to support these efforts so the museum may continue to tell Hancock County’s story to future generations.
There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Hancock Historical Museum that will have a positive impact beyond your own lifetime.
WILL OR ESTATE PLANS
You may designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate to the Hancock Historical Museum Association by including a bequest provision in your will or trust.
RETIREMENT PLANS AND LIFE INSURANCE
You may designate the Hancock Historical Museum Association as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy.
CHARITABLE ANNUITIES AND TRUSTS
You may create an eventual gift to the Hancock Historical Museum Association that will provide a source of income to you during your lifetime.
We encourage you to work with your attorney or a financial advisor who can assist you in making informed decisions. If you or your advisor have questions about a potential gift, please contact us and we will be happy to work with you.
THE FORT FINDLAY LEGACY SOCIETY
Membership in the Fort Findlay Legacy Society is open to anyone who invests in the Hancock Historical Museum’s mission of preserving the past and inspiring the future through a planned gift. Donors may designate gifts for a specific program, to be invested with the museum’s endowment, or to offer broad operational support. The Fort Findlay Legacy Society recognizes those donors during their lifetime who have made us aware of their plans for an estate gift.
MEMBERS OF THE FORT FINDLAY LEGACY SOCIETY RECEIVE:
Invitation to an exclusive annual reception
Recognition in the museum's annual report and at the annual meeting
A special memento to recognize your commitment
The satisfaction of helping to create a lasting legacy of education and preservation in Hancock County
JOAN BAUER (7/7/1948-4/25/2022)
As a teacher of special needs students in Findlay City Schools for 40 years, Joan Bauer believed in the importance of service to others. She embodied this ideal as an educator, and continued in her retirement by giving generously of her time and resources to several local nonprofit organizations. She made the charitable organizations important to her during her lifetime, like the Hancock Historical Museum, an equally important part of her estate planning. By making the Hancock Historical Museum Association a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, her generosity will continue to benefit the museum programs she cared so deeply about, well into the future.