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October 4, 2010

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Grants More Than $300,000 to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

by Women's Fund

(Oct. 3 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced today that its board approved grants totaling $331,000 to 18 organizations throughout central Indiana. The grants will be distributed to organizations focused on Women’s Fund core issues, including caregiving, domestic violence and insufficient income and its long-term interests of health and self-development. The grants will help fund, among other things, before and after school programming for girls, teen and adolescent violence prevention programs, health screenings for women and programs for refugee women.

“The Women’s Fund Grants Committee carefully reviewed each application, keeping in the forefront the critical issues facing women and girls in our community, and made a very thoughtful and strategic recommendation to the Board,” Jennifer Pope Baker, Director, Women’s Fund. “Based on the committee’s diligent and deliberate input, the Women’s Fund Advisory Board approved the funding of these 18 exceptional organizations and projects that will benefit women and girls in central Indiana.”

The 2010 Women’s Fund grant recipients include:

Concord Neighborhood Center - $15,000 For before and after school programming for girls, aged 6-12, living in Indianapolis’ southside.

Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis - $25,000 For early childhood staff professional development to increase staff education and training.

Domestic Violence Network - $5,000 For collection, analysis and publishing of local domestic abuse data.

Dress for Success Indianapolis - $15,000 For operating support to help improve the lives of women through self-sufficiency and successful careers.

Exodus Refugee Immigration - $15,000 For programs designed specifically for refugee women.

Girls Incorporated of Franklin/Johnson County - $20,000 For operating support to help inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis - $20,000 For operating support to help inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Health and Hospital Corporation - $20,000 For operating support of the Future Promises Program, helping pregnant and parenting teens graduate high school.

Indiana Women’s Prison - $25,000 For support of its Family Preservation Program and Wee Ones Nursery.

John P. Craine House $20,000 For operating support of its alternative sentencing program that supports non-violent female offenders with young children.

The Julian Center, Inc. - $25,000 For operating support to provide counseling, safe shelter, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency - $15,000 For services through the Mammography Assistance Program.

Prevail, Inc. - $46,000 For support of its Safe Dates program and support of teen sexual assault victims in Hamilton County.

Project Home Indy - $20,000 For operating support to enable homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting to gain self-sufficiency.

School of Wheels - $10,000 For support of its Ignite Learning Program which helps mothers of homeless children advocate for their children’s academic careers.

Shelby Community Health Center - $20,000 For gynecological exams and mammograms for women in Shelby County.

Turning Point/Columbus Regional Shelter - $10,000 For support of its Teen Violence Prevention program in Johnson and Shelby Counties.

Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry - $5,000 For operating support to connect families by providing transportation for prison visitation, while promoting family wellness through education and supportive resources.

“It is our intention that Women’s Fund continues to be responsive and committed to support the needs of women and girls,” said Baker. “These organizations demonstrated quality programs and services for the individuals and families they serve. We know by supporting these organizations we are in fact supporting and strengthening the viability of our community.”

The breakdown of the $331,000 invested in the community includes $86,000 for domestic violence (26%); $75,000 for insufficient income (22.7%); $75,000 for health (22.7%); $55,000 for self-development (16.6%); and $40,000 for caregiving (12.1%).

Women's Fund of Central Indiana is an endowed special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Since 1999, Women’s Fund has distributed 255 grants totaling more than $4 million to 92 organizations. For more information call (317) 634-2423 or visit www.womensfund.org.

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