<h1>Blog & News</h1>
December 31, 2009

Celebrating and Reflecting

by Jennifer Pope Baker

On the eve of the new year, it is timely for me to take a moment to reflect on the past year at Women's Fund and to share my vision for the next.

December 29, 2009

Resolving to Make a Difference

by Abigail Coleman

It is almost 2010, so I am reflecting on what I was doing ten years ago, as the world anticipated what might come with Y2K. That same year, Women's Fund celebrated our first year of grantmaking. Ten years later, we have granted a total of over $3.2 million to 89 central Indiana organizations.

December 22, 2009

Exploring a Community Center I Never Had

by Kelly Young

I decided to take a closer look at Concord Neighborhood Center. Women’s Fund has provided significant funds to this organization for a number of years – from computer training for girls to childcare for women; assistance with basic needs to youth development.

December 19, 2009

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces Officers

by Women's Fund

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces new leadership to its 2010 Advisory Board. The following Officers have been selected: Ann Murtlow, chair, President & CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. Julie Manning Magid, vice-chair, Associate Professor of Business Law, IU Kelley School of Business Elaine Bedel, vice-chair elect, President, Bedel Financial Consulting

December 17, 2009

Include Emergencies in Your Giving Plan

by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

If you contribute to any non-profit organization on a regular basis, you may receive frequent communication regarding financial crises that arise. Sometimes I know that I feel like charities may be crying wolf too often. And sometimes I wonder to myself why these organizations haven’t planned for the unexpected, and that maybe they are just preying on my human reaction to want to help fix an emergent problem.

December 15, 2009

The Best Method to Gift to Charity

by Women's Fund

Contributed by Elaine Bedel, CFP; President, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. The end of the year is a good time to consider donating to your favorite nonprofit organization and to take advantage of tax benefits. Depending on the form of your gift to charity, you can receive tax benefits beyond the charitable tax deduction itself. To take advantage of these other benefits, you need to review your personal situation and plan ahead to allow sufficient time to complete the gifting process.

December 10, 2009

Tis' the Season for Joy Not Pain

by Kelly Young

I recently read an article about the increased rate of domestic violence during the holidays, which really breaks my heart. The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun with family and friends, not a time for living in fear of violence. “Holiday stress” is no excuse for abuse (nothing is).

December 8, 2009

"Working it Out" with Girls Inc.

by Abigail Coleman

When I had an opportunity to volunteer for Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis, I was immediately interested. Through their recent expansion of outreach-based programming, volunteers and staff are reaching more girls through program delivery in community centers and schools.

December 3, 2009

Food Stamps on the Rise

by Kelly Young

Women’s Fund recently asked its Facebook Fans what they thought when hearing the words Food Stamps. What images come to mind? Interesting question..

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