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December 29, 2011

Top WF News 2011: Part 2 of 2

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? What were your favorite moments? Read for more!

December 27, 2011

Top WF News 2011: Part 1 of 2

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? Read for more!

December 23, 2011

Partner Spotlight: WellPoint

by Abigail Coleman

WellPoint has supported Women's Fund since 2011, contributing $5,000.

December 15, 2011

Women's Fund Releases Thank You Video

by Kelly Young

Women's Fund just released its first-ever "thank you" video. Find out which volunteers star in the video and what they have to say about the difference Women's Fund is making in Central Indiana.

December 13, 2011

Simple Steps to Teaching Your Children about Giving

by Abigail Coleman

In the midst of the holiday season, now is the time to think about how you can teach your children about giving. Read more for some simple steps.

December 8, 2011

A Season of Giving Back

by Abigail Coleman

In this season of giving, it's easy to look around and find ways to get involved in helping our community. I was excited to learn about two local youth who are giving back year-round, not just in the holiday season.

December 6, 2011

Partner Spotlight: Ferguson

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund is fortunate to have the support of many corporate Partners, including Ferguson Enterprises. Partners like Ferguson help Women's Fund keep our day-to-day operations moving - including making grants, engaging as a community leader, and teaching philanthropy. Learn more about this partnership.

December 2, 2011

Women are Truly Awesome

by Kelly Young

This is one of my favorite blogs. It's a great reminder that we're all awesome. And if for some reason we've lost that awesomeness, let's get it back! I'm up for being awesome. Are you?

November 23, 2011

Power of Girls inspires teenage girls and their mentors

by Abigail Coleman

Power of Girls is a day-long session that educates and inspires teenage girls, their mothers and mentors, and encourages children and families healing from domestic violence.

November 17, 2011

Celebrate National Philanthropy Day!

by Women's Fund

By Angela E. White, CFRE. Honoring donors and the changes they support in our communities.

November 11, 2011

Finding a cure for breast cancer....my gift to science

by Deanna Gonzales

No one I love has ever been affected by breast cancer. When considering how prevalent breast cancer has become this very likely puts me in the minority and makes me very lucky.

November 10, 2011

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces Grants of $365,535 to Benefit 16 Organizations in Central Indiana

by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced today it will award $365,535 in its 13th year of awarding grants to serve some of the most pivotal groups in central Indiana serving women and girls.

November 8, 2011

60 Miles in 3 Days for Breast Cancer

by Kelly Young

In the course of 60 miles, in three days, I was inspired, empowered and motivated by survivors and other walkers who all shared a common interest in finding a cure for breast cancer. Here's a little bit about my journey.

November 3, 2011

Body Image Influenced by Families

by Women's Fund

Jen Van Dame, AmeriCorps VISTA Public Affairs Specialist, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, shares how parents can communicate with girls about the impact of media on their body image.

November 1, 2011

It’s the 21st century – how much longer will this take?

by Women's Fund

Deborah Hearn Smith, CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, shares her perspective on how objectification of women and girls has–and has not–changed during her lifetime and encourages us to take action.

October 28, 2011

Partner Spotlight: OneAmerica Foundation

by Women's Fund

This month, we are spotlighting OneAmerica Foundation. As a corporate Partner, OneAmerica has supported Women's Fund since 1997, contributing over $10,000.

October 25, 2011

Domestic Violence Update and Continued Call to Action

by Kelly Young

More than 6,000 adults and children were served in a year in Indiana domestic violence emergency shelters. It’s a stat like that that makes me want to take action.

October 20, 2011

Stock Market Jitters

by Women's Fund

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, discusses tips and trends for female investors in today's stock market. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair Elect.

October 18, 2011

Film About Domestic Violence Inspires Audiences

by Kelly Young

The film, Crime After Crime, is an incredibly moving story about an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. The director hopes to spark a national conversation about women who are victims of abuse and wrongful imprisonment. The must-see film is screening at Heartland Film Festival this week.

October 11, 2011

Three Reasons You Will Not Want to Miss PBS's Women, War & Peace Series

by Abigail Coleman

Women, War & Peace, a 5-part PBS series, starts October 11th. Read why you will not want to miss out on watching it!

October 6, 2011

Southeast: More than a Community Center

by Abigail Coleman

Southeast Community Services is a community center providing supports for women and individuals in all places of their lives. I walked away from a site visit amazed.

October 4, 2011

Emotions After a Closet Makeover

by Kelly Young

A closet makeover from The Container Store makes me jealous, but also inspires and motivates me - but not in ways you may think. Read on.

September 29, 2011

Getting organized with elfa

by Women's Fund

Lynne Bir, Community Volunteer and OPTIONS Alumna, won a brand new elfa closet from The Container Store! Read about her new closet and what the experience means for her.

September 27, 2011

Partner Spotlight: Saks Fifth Avenue

by Women's Fund

This month, we are spotlighting Saks Fifth Avenue. As a corporate Partner, Saks has supported Women's Fund since 2010, contributing over $20,500.

September 24, 2011

More than 150 donate tissue for "Super Cure"

by Women's Fund

Published in The Indianapolis Star online September 24, 2011. More than 150 women donate breast tissue as part of "Indy's Super Cure", a charitable initiative of the National Football League's 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl.

September 22, 2011

Transformative Experience at Indiana Women's Prison

by Women's Fund

Erin Duffy, OPTIONS Class 11 member, shares how her visit to the Indiana Women's Prison was transformative and surprised her in ways she didn't expect.

September 20, 2011

A Visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

by Women's Fund

Sue Russell, OPTIONS Alumna, Class 10, talks about a recent visit by OPTIONS Alumnae to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read her take-aways from the Material World exhibit - including an opportunity for those interested in becoming more engaged in the world of fashion.

September 15, 2011

GO Participants Learn the Recipe for Friendship

by Women's Fund

Read a Q&A from Jennifer Pletcher, as she shares how GO participants learned the "recipe" for friendship. Read Jennifer's suggestions on how you can introduce lessons of friendship at home.

September 13, 2011

7 Billion and Climbing

by Abigail Coleman

The world is about to reach a population of 7 billion people, which could have big implications for us - particularly for women.

September 8, 2011

Donation Brings Back Memories Before Making an Impact

by Kelly Young

Donating business suits to Dress for Success makes an impact, while bringing back some fond memories. I discovered 40+ suits while cleaning out my closet, so that's a lot of memories - and what I hope is a big impact.

September 2, 2011

Is it "just" a t-shirt?

by Abigail Coleman

A recent t-shirt for girls was pulled from a major department store chain after the public reacted. What does this say about our culture, why does it matter, and what can we do to affect change?

August 31, 2011

Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson Co. Letter to the Editor

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund applauds Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson County for achieving a 100% rating in the national Girls Inc. Quality Assurance Review Process.

August 30, 2011

One for the Bucket List (sort of)

by Women's Fund

Wendy McNamar, Women's Fund Special Projects Coordinator, shares her experience - and the excitement - of participating in the Go Girl Triathlon with a team from Women's Fund.

August 25, 2011

Women's Equality Day is Tomorrow

by Kelly Young

Equality Day is a simple reminder to both men and women not to take rights and opportunities for granted.

August 23, 2011

Let’s Go Reggio! A Visit to the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center

by Women's Fund

Jenny Burch, OPTIONS Class 11 Member, shares her perspective on a visit to Day Nursery's Ruth A Lilly Center.

August 18, 2011

10 Insights into Women's Philanthropy

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares helpful tips to engage women as philanthropists and in support of your nonprofit.

August 16, 2011

Corporate Partner: Ice Miller LLP

by Women's Fund

This month, we are spotlighting Ice Miller LLP. As a corporate Partner, Ice Miller has supported Women's Fund since 2006, contributing $36,500.

August 11, 2011

Census Guides Leadership in our Community

by Abigail Coleman

Census information encourages us to think differently about how we serve women and their families in our community.

August 9, 2011

The Container Store is Coming to Indy

by Kelly Young

The Container Store is coming to Indianapolis. Find out how Women's Fund will benefit from their Grand Opening Weekend. Mark your calendar now to shop October 8 & 9!

August 7, 2011

Lack of Space in Shelters Creates Crisis for Women

by Women's Fund

Indianapolis Star: Lack of space in shelters creates crisis for women. Letter from Ann Murtlow and Jennifer Pope Baker about recent domestic violence crisis.

August 4, 2011

Giving Girls the Best

by Abigail Coleman

Girls Inc. of Franklin/ Johnson County has secured the highest Quality Assurance rating from Girls Inc. nationally - demonstrating how girls in Johnson County are getting the best!

August 2, 2011

Victims of Abuse are in Danger if We Don’t Help

by Kelly Young

Victims of domestic violence are in desperate need of help. A shortage of shelter space may cause women and children to be placed in a dangerous situation. There are simple things we can do to help make a difference - and possibly save a life.

July 30, 2011

Scary Refrain: We Can't Help You Now

by Women's Fund

Indianapolis Star: Scary refrain: we can't help you right now - demand forces some women's shelters to start waiting lists; Women's Fund provides $10,000 to help.

July 29, 2011

Domestic Violence Surge Causes Shortage of Shelter Space

by Women's Fund

Indianapolis Star: rise in domestic violence causes shortage of emergency shelter space.

July 28, 2011

Corporate Partner: Duke Energy Foundation

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund will feature a Corporate Partner monthly. In July, we are pleased to highlight Duke Energy Foundation.

July 26, 2011

Girls Inc. Summer Camp

by Women's Fund

Alison Schumacher talks about Girls Inc. Summer Camp and why she wishes she could be a camper. Alison was among 20 WF Advisory Board, OPTIONS & Alumnae who went on a site visit to Girls, Inc. Summer Camp on July 21.

July 17, 2011

Young Moms Get a Home of Their Own

by Women's Fund

Indianapolis Star: Young moms get a home of their own at Project Home Indy.

July 14, 2011

Super Bowl Committee to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

by Women's Fund

Inside Indiana Business: The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is teaming up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center for a major initiative. "Indy's Super Cure" aims to increase diversity of breast tissue donations and fundraising for advance breast cancer research.

July 12, 2011

Science and Engineering Camp for Girls

by Kelly Young

It's exciting to hear about programs that inspire young girls to follow their dreams and pursue academic success. From science & engineering camps to STEM, Indiana is working to provide opportunties for young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

June 30, 2011

OPTIONS Member Opens New Restaurant

by Kelly Young

OPTIONS member, Natalie Wolfe, treated Women's Fund to a VIP soft opening. The night was filled with fun, friendship and great food. It also was a great reminder that Women's Fund is about women supporting women - and watching women succeed.

June 23, 2011

Finding Friends at 40

by Kelly Young

I always enjoy meeting new people through Women's Fund. Recently though, I've wondered if it's possible to find and forge new friendships at 40. I'd love your thoughts on the topic. Is it possible?

June 16, 2011

Corporate Partner: Allison Transmission

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund is featuring a Corporate Partner each month. This month we are happy to highlight Allison Transmission and thank them for their support.

June 7, 2011

Free Medical Care for Women

by Kelly Young

One local organization is helping women in its community get quality medical care - even if they can't afford it.

June 2, 2011

Title IX Protection Doesn't Just Apply to Sports

by Deanna Gonzales

Title IX is a U.S law best known in the world of high school and college athletics. It was originally instituted to ensure gender equity in education. When I played sports in high school it meant that girls had equal rights to education and athletic opportunities as the boys. In fact, my freshman year, there was a girl on our varsity football team – and she actually played! What I think is often overlooked is that Title IX is not just about sports.

May 24, 2011

Corporate Partner: M&I Bank

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund will feature a Corporate Partner monthly. In May, we are highlighting M&I Bank, a founding sponsor of this blog.

May 19, 2011

Helping Kids Broaden their Perspective

by Women's Fund

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for Women's Fund, shares her favorite books that help kids envision a way they can give back to their community. Great summer reading!

May 17, 2011

Giving Circles Key Tool for Women and Millennials

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares information about Giving Circles and why the concept of a giving circle is growing among women and Millennials.

May 12, 2011

Women and Money (Part 2)

by Women's Fund

In this final post of a two-part series, Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, discusses women and money, focusing on financial planning issues. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair Elect.

May 10, 2011

Women and Money (Part 1)

by Women's Fund

In this two-part series, Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, discusses women and money - what women need to know, why and how to plan. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair Elect.

May 5, 2011

Day Nursery Q & A with Marsh Hearn Lindsey

by Deanna Gonzales

As we anxiously await the arrival of Development Officer, Abigail Coleman's baby we felt this would be a perfect time to repost this entry about Day Nursery and the invaluable services they provide to parents and children in our community.

May 3, 2011

Hawthorne Community Center: Westside Hub

by Women's Fund

Alison Schumacher, OPTIONS Alumnae member, shares her perspective on a recent site visit to Hawthorne Community Center, serving Indianapolis' westside residents.

April 28, 2011

Q&A with Charlie Morgan

by Women's Fund

Get to know Charlie Morgan, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, father, and communications guru.

April 21, 2011

Take Action in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Abigail Coleman

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn about who is impacted by sexual assault and how you can help.

April 19, 2011

OPTIONS Perspective: Project Home Indy

by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Class 11 visited Project Home Indy on Tuesday, April 12. Class member Maggie Bowden shares her perspective on the visit.

April 14, 2011

Shaping the Next Generation

by Abigail Coleman

We often talk about the next generation—the problems and the opportunities. So much of our society's focus is on nurturing youth, and yet, in some ways, it is about destructing them. Mixed messages abound for young girls and teenagers.

April 13, 2011

Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

by Women's Fund

Indiana Business Journal: April 12th is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2011 when women's pay caught up to what men made the previous year.

April 12, 2011

Inequality on Equal Pay Day

by Abigail Coleman

Today is Equal Pay Day, a national observation of the day when women "catch up" to men's earnings the previous year, on average. Locally, women make even less than the average.

April 7, 2011

Women Make it Happen!

by Abigail Coleman

Did you know women make up only 17% of senior leadership nationwide, yet in order to be a "critical mass"—to cause a fundamental change in the boardroom and to impact governance, women must make up least 30% of leadership?

April 5, 2011

To Catch a Dollar

by Deanna Gonzales

Muhammad Yunus is a man who had a vision of lifting people out of poverty through their own hard work and microloans. "To Catch a Dollar" shares the story of just a few women who have benefited from microloans and support from Grameen America.

March 31, 2011

Round is a Shape

by Abigail Coleman

Celebrate National Nutrition Month. How are you living healthfully through balanced nutrition?

March 29, 2011

S.O.S. for Dress for Success

by Kelly Young

Dress for Success Indianapolis hosts its annual S.O.S. (Send One Suit) campaign next week, April 4-8. Your donation of a new or gently used suits and blouses can help empower a woman and give her the self-confidence to achieve success.

March 29, 2011

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces More than $100,000 in Corporate Support to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, considered the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls, announces their most recent list of corporate partners that have made a significant commitment to women and girls in central Indiana – a commitment totaling nearly $120,000 in 2011.

March 24, 2011

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 2 of 2

by Abigail Coleman

Tuesday, March 15, OPTIONS Class 11 visited The Julian Center. This is part two of a a two-part series, March 22 and 24. Three class members—Emi Osterhaus, Brooke Smith, and Carla Feagans—share their perspective on the visit.

March 22, 2011

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 1 of 2

by Abigail Coleman

Tuesday, March 15, OPTIONS Class 11 visited The Julian Center. This is part one of a a two-part series, March 22 and 24. Three class members—Emi Osterhaus, Brooke Smith, and Carla Feagans—share their perspective on the visit.

March 17, 2011

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares lessons learned and take-aways from the Center on Philanthropy's Symposium, "Women World Wide - Leading Through Philanthropy."

March 15, 2011

Donor Spotlight: Cheryl Strain

by Abigail Coleman

Get to know Cheryl Strain: community volunteer, gardener, grandmother, and Women's Fund donor.

March 10, 2011

Family Giving: Enabling Your Family to Make Meaningful Donations

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Inside Indiana Business Perspectives Article: In recent decades, nonprofits are being established at record pace in the U.S. While this is benefitting our community and nation, it can make deciding where – and how to invest philanthropically daunting.

March 10, 2011

Women and Girls in Central Indiana: Still on Shaky Ground

by Abigail Coleman

Still on Shaky Ground 2011 reveals, although progress has been made in areas of caregiving, domestic violence, and insufficient income, there is much progress yet to be made.

March 8, 2011

Today: International Women's Day

by Abigail Coleman

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD), a day where internationally, we celebrate women. Learn about this year's theme and the central Indiana connection.

March 8, 2011

Women’s Fund Study Shows Disparities, Challenges and Opportunities for Central Indiana Women and Girls

by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund released its latest research on critical issues facing women and girls in central Indiana. Women’s Fund first published On Shaky Ground: Where Women and Girls Stand in Central Indiana in 1996, then published Still on Shaky Ground updates in 2003 and 2006. The 2011 update focuses on Women’s Fund’s three focus areas: Caregiving, Domestic Violence, and Insufficient Income.

March 4, 2011

Strengthening Families through Indiana Women's Prison

by Women's Fund

Children whose parents have been incarcerated are seven times more likely to be re-incarcerated themselves. Women's Fund has provided support to programs focused on strengthening family ties at the Indiana Women's Prison since 1999.

March 1, 2011

Babies Behind Bars on TLC

by Kelly Young

Babies Behind Bars is a two-part series that airs on TLC this week. The program highlights the Wee Ones Program and the work the Indiana Women's Prison is doing to help inmates bond with their babies. Interesting program; really interesting show to watch.

February 24, 2011

Charitable Contributions from IRAs

by Women's Fund

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, shares how you can make a charitable contribution to Women's Fund from your IRA - and the rules you need to know for making this type of contribution.

February 22, 2011

Q&A with Julie Eskenazi

by Women's Fund

Get to know Julie Eskenazi, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, member of OPTIONS Class 7, and community volunteer.

February 15, 2011

Donor Spotlight: Indianapolis Power & Light Company

by Abigail Coleman

In addition to powering the city, IPL has been a long-time supporter of Women's Fund. Since 2001, IPL has committed $160,000 to provide options and opportunities for central Indiana women and girls. This remarkable support has played a large part in Women's Fund's growth and is a testament to IPL's commitment to the community.

February 10, 2011

Day Nursery Talks "W" - Winter Weather and Impact on Caregiving

by Women's Fund

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter “W” and Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, Indiana’s oldest child care provider. We visited with Day Nursery Chief Operating Officer Marsha Hearn Lindsey to talk about two words that begin with the letter “W”—winter and weather and how they affect the operation of the 112-year-old agency’s seven early childhood education centers.

February 8, 2011

The Girl Effect

by Abigail Coleman

Invest in a girl. Your investment will pay off. The case has been made increasingly clear that not only locally, but internationally, investment in the future of a girl has profound ripple effects on a community and ultimately the world.

February 3, 2011

Go Red for Women - We Are!

by Kelly Young

Women's Fund of Central Indiana encourages women to have all-around health. This month the spotlight is on raising awareness of heart disease – the number one killer of women.

February 3, 2011

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2011 OPTIONS Class

by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces its OPTIONS Class Eleven Class for 2011. OPTIONS is one of two philanthropy education programs offered by Women’s Fund.

February 1, 2011

Prevail Provides Jarring Insight into World of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

by Abigail Coleman

Learn about Women's Fund's recent visit to Prevail, Inc., which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hamilton and surrounding counties.

January 27, 2011

Thanks... A Word We Can't Overuse

by Abigail Coleman

In National Thank You month, we are reminded of the things we are thankful for and want to say a special thanks to you for your support!

January 25, 2011

Q&A with Sue Russell

by Women's Fund

Get to know Sue Russell, Ex-Officio member of the Women's Fund Advisory Board, member of OPTIONS Class 10, and founder and CEO of Mayfair Lane.

January 23, 2011

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces New Advisory Board Members

by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana, announces new advisory board members for 2011.

January 20, 2011

Welcome OPTIONS Class 11

by Women's Fund

By: Stacy Kult, OPTIONS Class 8. Highlighting the welcome event for OPTIONS Class 11.

January 18, 2011

OPTIONS Kicks Off a New Year

by Abigail Coleman

The newest group of OPTIONS members, Class 11 marks the first day of their new class year. Read to be introduced to the dynamic members of this year's class.

January 18, 2011

Area Women Gain Philanthropic Education Through Women’s Fund OPTIONS Program

by Women's Fund

Ten years. Two hundred fifty area women. Donations totaling $450,000 to help women and girls in central Indiana. Now those are some impressive stats. It’s all about women owning their own businesses, learning how they can give back to their communities and then doing it!

January 13, 2011

GO Participants Dive Into the World of Microfinance

by Women's Fund

Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, shares highlights and lessons learned at this month's GO Educational Sessions, including a hands-on opportunity for participants to dive into small business loans.

January 11, 2011

Introducing New Advisory Board Members

by Abigail Coleman

Introduction of and welcome to new Women's Fund Advisory Board members.

January 6, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions for Women’s Fund?

by Kelly Young

Do nonprofits make resolutions? Does Women's Fund? One writer identifies four New Year's Resolutions all nonprofits should make in 2011. Find out what they are and how Women's Fund may relate to them.

January 4, 2011

Future Promises Helps Pregnant and Parenting Teens Build Promising Futures

by Women's Fund

By: Heather Hafer, Public Relations Coordinator, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Future Promises is a school/community-based program that offers education and support to pregnant and parenting teens to help them build their own promising future.

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