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September 30, 2010

GO Participants Explore The Power of Half through Grantmaking

by Women's Fund

Read a Q&A with Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, about the GO Fall Educational Sessions and the grantmaking process in which GO participants engaged.

September 28, 2010

Power of Girls Inspires Life-Long Lessons

by Abigail Coleman

Power of Girls is an amazing program providing a unique opportunity for girls age 13 to 16 and a special woman in their life to learn lessons that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. When I found out about Power of Girls and heard the reactions of participants, I wished something like this was offered when I was a teenager... and I'm sure to tell anyone I know who could benefit from this program today.

September 23, 2010

Q&A with Billie Dragoo, Advisory Board Member

by Kelly Young

Women's Fund invites you to get to know our Advisory Board members. Meet Billie Dragoo. She's an entrepreneur, an active community volunteer and she's passionate about improving the quality of life for women and children.

September 21, 2010

Project Home Indy

by Kelly Young

Project Home Indy, a Women's Fund grantee, aims to provide a nurturing residential environment for homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting gain self-sufficiency. Statistics from Still on Shaky Ground highlight the critical need for this organization.

September 17, 2010

Poverty Rate Climbs... Impacting Women and Their Families

by Abigail Coleman

"Poverty Rate Climbs". The headline of an article in today's Indianapolis Star is not surprising, given the economic situation in recent times. The reality of the impact poverty has on individuals, families, and our community is grim. The article reported on 2009 statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent or 43.6 million people in 2009, up from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people in 2008. In Indiana specifically, the poverty rate rose from 12.9 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent in 2009, higher than every neighboring state except Kentucky.

September 10, 2010

Families Find Comfort and Support through Wishard

by Kelly Young

Wishard’s spectrum of care includes serving women through their Women’s and Children’s Services – and that’s the program that has benefited from Women’s Fund. Women’s Fund provided a $10,000 grant to the Wishard Foundation to help provide bereavement support for expectant mothers who experience an unexpected loss, such as a miscarriage, still birth, ectopic pregnancy or newborn death. The grant allowed the Women's and Children's Services at Wishard to provide intensive training for all staff members to increase their ability to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive bereavement.

September 7, 2010

Southside Community is Centered on Concord

by Abigail Coleman

Each time I visit a Women's Fund grantee, I walk away amazed—at the work being accomplished, the challenges faced in our community, and the creativity of staff members to make tight budgets go even further. My visit to Concord Community Center last Tuesday was no exception. I joined Women's Fund Advisory Board, Grants Committee, and OPTIONS Class 10 members to learn about this center's services to families on Indianapolis' Southside, services Women's Fund has supported since 1999, through grants totaling over $107,000. We had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Niki Girls, director of Concord for about 25 years.

September 2, 2010

Q&A with Anne Steinberg, Advisory Board Member

by Kelly Young

Women's Fund invites you to get to know our Advisory Board members. Meet Anne Steinberg. She's a working mom, successful event planner and has grown up volunteering and giving back to others.

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