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HCCF Bids Farewell to Bryan Chatfield, Affirms Commitment to Community Engagement Work

HCCF Bids Farewell to Bryan Chatfield, Affirms Commitment to Community Engagement Work

The Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) is bidding farewell to Bryan Chatfield, their Community Engagement and Inclusion Manager. Bryan has announced his resignation to accept an appointed position with the Marion County Democrat Party, with his last day at HCCF scheduled for April 5th.

“I am writing to share some exciting and unexpected news regarding my career,” Bryan wrote in his announcement to the HCCF Board of Directors. “After much reflection, I have accepted an appointment with the Marion County Voter Registration office. This opportunity came as a surprise, as it is not a position one can apply for but rather an appointment made by the county Democrat Party Chairperson. While this position was not something I sought out, I am excited about this next chapter in my career and the opportunity to continue my commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in a new capacity.”

HCCF is actively assessing how to fill Bryan’s role and ensure the continuity of its community engagement efforts. The Community Foundation’s commitment to this vital work remains unwavering, with plans to continue both external and internal DEI initiatives. This includes ensuring inclusive and accessible programs, reviewing programs to align with its commitment to diversity, and fostering a welcoming environment in Hendricks County. Internal tasks, such as policy review and Board and staff trainings, will continue to drive progress.

“HCCF is a different organization thanks to Bryan’s efforts,” said HCCF President & CEO William Rhodehamel. “We’ve increased our DEI knowledge base, made our grantmaking and scholarships more inclusive, and opened ourselves to many new viewpoints from within our community. We’ll miss Bryan, but I am confident that the team will continue to make great strides in building a more inclusive community.”

Bryan’s accomplishments during his tenure with HCCF include a complete review and revision of HCCF’s scholarship application process in partnership with HCCF Vice President of Programs Eric Hessel, launching our inaugural Diversity Training Series, founding the Hendricks County Interfaith Council, as well as internal Board and staff trainings on a number of pertinent subjects. Bryan also chaired HCCF’s DEI Committee. “While we are saddened to lose Bryan in his full-time role with the Community Foundation, we are grateful for the time that we were able to work together and are excited for him as he is presented with and pursues new opportunities,” said Bradley Riley, HCCF Board Chair.

Bryan concluded, “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside the staff and Board of the Community Foundation in our shared mission of making Hendricks County a more welcoming and inclusive place for all. Together, we have accomplished so much, and I have no doubt that this important work will continue to thrive under HCCF's leadership.”

The Mission of the Hendricks County Community Foundation: To be a trusted community partner in understanding needs, aligning resources, and empowering people to address today’s priorities and create lasting impact. Our vision is Hendricks County as a place where everyone has the opportunity to have a fulfilling life and the tools they need to build a stronger future together. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $20 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2023, the Community Foundation gave over $1.7M in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit

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