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December 29, 2012

December Greetings + Women. Girls. Central Indiana.

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Highlights from a great year at Women's Fund and a video clip from The Power of Women's Philanthropy, plus Women's Fund updates you need to know.


December 26, 2012

Donor Spotlight: Meet Jen Jansen

by Women's Fund

Meet Jen Jansen: passionate supporter of Women's Fund, family-oriented philanthropist and helper to those in need in central Indiana and beyond.


December 21, 2012

There's Still Time to Contribute

by Women's Fund

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, shares year-end opportunities to claim charitable deductions that can benefit Women's Fund. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice Chair.


December 13, 2012

Welcome OPTIONS Class 13

by Kelly Young

I was excited to see the names of the women who are a part of OPTIONS Class 13! Congratulations and welcome to Women's Fund.


December 11, 2012

Billie Jean King is my Shero

by Kelly Young

The Power of Women's Philanthropy was an incredible event - and Billie Jean King is my new Shero! WOW! What a woman and what an inspiration! Here are just a few of my "take aways" from her presentation.


December 6, 2012

Site Visit Provided Great Insight into Komen Tissue Bank

by Kelly Young

Last week's site visit to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center provided great insight into the work being done in Indianapolis to help find a cure for breast cancer.


December 4, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - November 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Here's a look back at the month of November for Women's Fund - everything from grants announcement to OPTIONS celebrations and more.


November 29, 2012

OPTIONS Year-End Celebration

by Women's Fund

By Lalaine Smith, DDS, OPTIONS Class 9. From fun giveaways and networking to connecting philanthropy to impact by meeting an OPTIONS Scholarship recipient, Lalaine shares her personal account of the November 15 OPTIONS annual year-end gathering.


November 27, 2012

New Grants Give More Opportunities to Women and Girls

by Women's Fund

We are excited to announce we have made grants of $354,413 to benefit 17 organizations in central Indiana. Learn more about the organizations we funded and the important work they are doing in our community.


November 15, 2012

Do You Have a Button for That?

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, asks herself and others "Are you pushing the right buttons to build donor loyalty and increase philanthropic capacity?"


November 14, 2012

Piano Donations Needed for GO Ahead & Play Project

by Women's Fund

Due to popular response, piano donations are no longer being accepted for GO Ahead & Play, a project led by middle and high school GO: Give Back students.


November 13, 2012

An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes, Obesity Away

by Women's Fund

Garden on the Go®, a mobile produce program, is one way IU Health is fighting obesity and diabetes in central Indiana. IU Health is November 2012 issue sponsor of Women's Fund Focus newsletter.


November 9, 2012

Women and Girls Win Through Interagency Connections

by Julie Koegel

Through her work, Julie Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, knows the value of interagency connections - and how they can benefit women and girls in our community. Read more about the connections among Women's Fund grantees.


November 6, 2012

A Peek at Perspectives

by Kelly Young

I'm excited to share information about Perspectives - Women's Fund's new philanthropy education program for women 46 and older. If it's going to be anything like OPTIONS, it's going to be amazing!


November 1, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - October 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

From celebrating the Indiana Fever's championship run to welcoming Billie Jean King in December, here's a look at recent happenings and big announcements from Women's Fund in October.


October 30, 2012

Talk and Tour of VOA's Theodora House

by Kelly Young

Until last week, I wasn't familiar with all of the services offered by Volunteers of America - nor was I aware Theodora House even existed. After a talk and a tour, hosted by Women's Fund, I know so much more and I'm doing what I can to help spread the word about this nonprofit.


October 25, 2012

Smashing Tennis Star and Champion for Equality to Visit Indianapolis

by Abigail Coleman

Billie Jean King, legendary tennis star and champion for women and girls, both on and off the court, is visiting Indianapolis December 10, 2012. Will you be there?


October 23, 2012

Indiana Fever Champions Inspire Girls to Imagine Possibilities

by Abigail Coleman

Indiana Fever earn a WNBA title and inspire girls, and countless others in the community, in the process.


October 18, 2012

Lessons Learned from Young Pakistani Advocate

by Jennifer Pletcher

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares her thoughts and lessons learned from an outspoken Pakistani girl.


October 16, 2012

Meet Maria: A Banker, Volunteer and Native Hoosier

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Advisory Board Member, Maria Quintana, believes women are the backbone of the family.


October 11, 2012

OPTIONS Alumnae and Spouses Impacted by a Visit to The Julian Center

by Women's Fund

Caroline Gleason Dutkanych, Vice President of Development at Joy's House and OPTIONS Alumna, shares about her recent visit to The Julian Center with fellow OPTIONS Alumnae and their spouses.


October 9, 2012

Seeds of Hope: Where a Life of Addiction Ends and a Life of Hope Begins

by Women's Fund

Julie Bowen, Community Volunteer, Advisory Board member and OPTIONS Alumna, writes about her recent visit to Seeds of Hope, a residential recovery home for women facing addictions.


October 4, 2012

OPTIONS Women Gather at Class Connector

by Women's Fund

Sarah Barclay, Community Volunteer and OPTIONS Class 11 member, shares about a recent opportunity OPTIONS Alumnae and OPTIONS Class 12 members had to connect with each other. Read more and view photos from the event.


October 2, 2012

Women's Fund is Beneficiary of Event at 14 Districts - October 5 & 6, 2012

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund is a charitable beneficiary of an event held October 5 and 6 at 14 Districts in the Indiana Design District, Carmel. Learn more and find out how you can get involved!


October 2, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - September 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update on September happenings at Women's Fund.


September 27, 2012

Debt Elimination Strategy for Women

by Women's Fund

By Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, Bedel Financial Consulting. Elaine shares tips on how women can reduce debt and take control of their financial life. Elaine is Women's Fund Advisory Board Vice-Chair.


September 25, 2012

Planned Parenthood: There When I Needed Them

by Women's Fund

Read a post by Jen Rawe, OPTIONS Class 12 member and AdvoCare Independent Distributor, on a recent OPTIONS site visit to the Midtown Center of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. Jen shares her personal perspective and some things you may not know about Planned Parenthood - including education and adoption services.


September 20, 2012

GO Ahead & Play: Youth are key in this community project of great proportion!

by Jennifer Pletcher

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, talks with three GO participants about their year-long philanthropy project.


September 18, 2012

Young GO: Give Back Participants Learn About Our Community!

by Jennifer Pletcher

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, explores the idea of community with GO participants and shares some ideas for your young philanthropist.


September 13, 2012

Female Offenders: Facts and Challenges Faced

by Julie Koegel

Julie Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some facts and information about the issues female offenders are faced with as they work to re-enter our communities.


September 11, 2012

Q&A with Melissa Proffitt Reese

by Women's Fund

Meet Melissa Proffitt Reese: partner at Ice Miller LLC, community volunteer, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, and a mother of three teenagers who believes we all share in the responsibility of giving back and contributing to our community.


September 4, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - August 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update on August happenings at Women's Fund.


August 28, 2012

Did You Celebrate Women's Equality Day? You Still Can.

by Kelly Young

I may have "celebrated" Women's Equality Day at the softball diamond, but I will honor its meaning when I vote. What about you?


August 22, 2012

Older women donate more than men do to charity, IU report says

by Women's Fund

Women give more generously - and engage with organizations like Women's Fund. Article written by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star.


August 21, 2012

Update on Our (Semi) Summer of Service

by Kelly Young

My summer of service with my kids resulted in feeding the homeless, collecting books and stuffed animals, reading and watching TV. Most importantly, it was a great way to build a foundation of service for my kids.


August 17, 2012

Betty and the Importance of Women Leaving a Legacy

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White shares some valuable insight and asks important questions after a long-time, $25 per year donor, leaves the largest bequest to date from an alumna.


August 14, 2012

Q&A with Dan Philpott

by Women's Fund

Meet Dan Philpott, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, banker, and a father who strives to prepare his children - and others, through Women's Fund outreach programs.


August 9, 2012

Women and the Olympics

by Kelly Young

The girl power in these Olympic Games is extremely exciting, inspiring and captivating. I did some searching and am sharing some fun facts about women and the Olympics.


August 7, 2012

Women Dive, Paddle, Sprint and Kick to New Levels at 2012 Olympics

by Abigail Coleman

The Olympics are not only fun to watch, they have great significance for participating athletes - and those aspiring to participate. And through the Olympics, women receive more attention than ever on network television. How would increased coverage of women's sports change our daily viewing habits beyond the Olympics - and serve as an inspiration for young girls?


August 2, 2012

Sharing Memories and History through StoryCorps

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund had the opportunity to share a piece of our history and personal moments with StoryCorps, through a recent conversation between Jane Schlegel, Advisory Board Chair 2000-2001, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.


July 31, 2012

Jane Schlegel and Jennifer Pope Baker on Leadership and Women: StoryCorps Interview

by Women's Fund

Jane Schlegel, 2000-2001 Advisory Board Chair, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, share an interview with StoryCorps. Here, they discuss their personal experiences, the historic need for leadership on behalf of women and girls, and the role Women's Fund plays.


July 31, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update on July happenings at Women's Fund.


July 24, 2012

Imagining a Nation Where Family Leave is Not Questioned

by Abigail Coleman

Family leave is a hotly debated topic, and even moreso in recent months with statements made by prominent executive mothers. Creating and growing policies that work for more families and employers is critical and needs additional attention.


July 17, 2012

Q&A with Sara Corya

by Women's Fund

Get to know Sara A. Corya, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, mother, avid traveler, and Sr. Director, Global Medical Affairs, and Development for Eli Lilly and Company.


July 12, 2012

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Jill

by Abigail Coleman

Read a letter from Jill, a Dove Recovery House client, sharing insight into her path to recovery and self sufficiency.


July 10, 2012

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Joyce

by Abigail Coleman

Read a letter from Joyce, describing her journey to recovery and self sufficiency with the guidance of Dove Recovery House.


July 5, 2012

Coburn Place is an Invaluable Safe Haven

by Julie Koegel

Julie Koegel shares reflections after a recent site visit to Women's Fund Grantee Coburn Place.


July 3, 2012

Title IX Game Wraps Fun and Learning Together for Girls

by Abigail Coleman

Photos and highlights from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis program participants leading to the Title IX celebration and game on June 21.


June 30, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - June 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update on June happenings in Women's Fund.


June 26, 2012

Summer: Childhood Memories and Opportunities

by Jennifer Pletcher

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares her thoughts and resources to help kids have a meaningful summer.


June 21, 2012

Are Women Better Investors Than Men?

by Women's Fund

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, shares her thoughts about women and money, focusing on financial planning issues. Today's blog focuses on female investors. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair.


June 19, 2012

Girl Scouts' Camp Dellwood builds courage, confidence and character

by Women's Fund

Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS 12 member, shares her OPTIONS class' adventures with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at Camp Dellwood, on the westside of Indianapolis.


June 14, 2012

Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration

by Abigail Coleman

Celebration of Title IX on June 23 will mark 40 years of advancement for women and girls. Women's Fund is excited to be part of festivities with Indiana Fever before and during their game on Thursday, June 21.


June 12, 2012

Sex Trafficking: Learning More with the OPTIONS Alumnae Book Club

by Women's Fund

Lindsey Rabinowitch shares her perspective on the OPTIONS Alumnae book club discussion about the book, Renting Lacy, and sex trafficking guided by Mary Jo Lee of Alternatives Inc.


June 7, 2012

Encouraging Healthy Bodies and Minds

by Abigail Coleman

Have you checked in on the state of your body and mind recently? Learn about some initiatives to help women and girls feel good about themselves, inside and out!


June 5, 2012

A Summer of Service With My Kids

by Kelly Young

I'm looking forward to a "summer of service" with my kids. And I'll use an important lesson I've learned from Women's Fund: to think thoughtfully and meaningful about the contributions we want to make to our community.


May 31, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.


May 29, 2012

Recognizing Older Women in Our Community

by Abigail Coleman

May is Older Americans month. Learn about the role older women play in caregiving and the reality of some older women's circumstances.


May 24, 2012

Becoming an Inspired and Thoughtful Philanthropist through OPTIONS

by Women's Fund

Check out a guest blog on the "Inspired Philanthropy" OPTIONS class session - written by Mandy Skelton, OPTIONS Class 12 member.


May 22, 2012

OPTIONS 12 Members and Alumnae Connect at 10-01 Food & Drink

by Women's Fund

Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumna (Class 2), shares how OPTIONS 12 members and OPTIONS Alumnae connected and deepened ties during a social held at 10-01 Food & Drink.


May 17, 2012

Words That Motivate Women to Give

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, talks about creating an emotional bond between your cause and women donors.


May 15, 2012

National Women's Health Week

by Kelly Young

Nationally, Women’s Health Week is designed to empower women to make their health a top priority. Find out the purpose of the week and simple steps to make healthy changes.


May 10, 2012

History in the Making: Sixteen Years of Growth and Success

by Abigail Coleman

As Women's Fund celebrates our 16th anniversary, I took a look through history and found some key moments since we were founded in 1996. Learn more!


May 8, 2012

Sweet Sixteen Celebration Gathers Dynamic Group of Leaders

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund celebrated our "Sweet Sixteen" anniversary with past and current board members. View a few photos of these dynamic community leaders and read their hopes for the next sixteen years of Women's Fund and why Women's Fund is important to them.


May 3, 2012

Grants - Making a Difference

by Julie Koegel

Grants officer, Julie Koegel, reflects on the grants process while preparing for the June 8 proposal deadline.


May 1, 2012

OPTIONS Visits the IRT and Experiences The Miracle Worker

by Women's Fund

written by Theresa Patterson, OPTIONS Class 12, Community Volunteer Members of OPTIONS Class 12 were treated to a behind the scenes look at the IRT, dinner and the miraculous performance of The Miracle Worker. Theresa shares her experience.


April 30, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update of Women's Fund happenings in April.


April 29, 2012

Matthew Tully: McIntosh attack on Brooks steps on Women's Fund

by Women's Fund

Published in The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Written by Matthew Tully.


April 26, 2012

Serious (and very scary) Stats Shared During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Kelly Young

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. After reading some alarming statistics, I think it should be an issue we pay close attention to year-round in order to better protect young girls.


April 24, 2012

Gaining Some Perspective. My Afternoon in the Indiana Women’s Prison

by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Class 12 member, Morgan Coleman, shares her perspective of their recent visit to Indiana Women's Prison (IWP). Learn how she gained a different perspective as they walked the grounds and met the moms behind the bars of IWP.


April 19, 2012

Amelia, 9th Grade GO Participant, Interviews J.A. Lacy

by Women's Fund

Amelia, 9th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews J.A. Lacy, Emeritus Board member and President and COO of LDI Ltd.


April 17, 2012

Today is Equal Pay Day

by Kelly Young

I'm wearing red today to show that woman are still "in the red." It's a small thing, I know. But my hope is at the very least we can raise awareness about the issue. Rather than complain about the disparity in pay, let’s do something about it. Let’s better understand the issue and find ways to support equal pay.


April 14, 2012

Women are still underpaid

by Women's Fund

Published in Indianapolis Business Journal April 16-22, 2012. A Viewpoint piece about Equal Pay Day, April 17, from Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director, Women's Fund.


April 10, 2012

Internet Safety Concerns for Girls (and Women)

by Kelly Young

Recent news about the use of internet has me worried for myself, my daughter and my friends. I have a few ideas to help, but welcome more.


April 5, 2012

Dress for Success ... Imagine for a Moment (Part 2 of 2)

by Women's Fund

The second of a 2-part series sharing Jen Rawe's perspective on the OPTIONS Class 12 visit to Dress for Success Indianapolis. Jen is Co-Owner, EJ Media and Production, and OPTIONS Class 12 member.


April 3, 2012

Dress for Success... My Visit in Quotes (Part 1 of 2)

by Women's Fund

Part 1 of a 2-part series sharing Jen Rawe's perspective on the OPTIONS Class 12 visit to Dress for Success Indianapolis. Jen is Co-Owner, EJ Media and Production, and OPTIONS Class 12 member.


March 30, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - March 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Read our monthly update to learn about what OPTIONS and GO participants were up to in March, as well as a tribute to an important philanthropist in central Indiana.


March 29, 2012

Quotable Quotes

by Kelly Young

As we come to the close of Women's History Month, enjoy some quotable quotes inspired by women who made - and are making - history.


March 20, 2012

Special Program Forgives Student Loans

by Women's Fund

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, shares her expertise to help women manage their money. In this post, find out about about a special program that forgives student loans.


March 15, 2012

Donor Spotlight: Sue Tempero

by Abigail Coleman

Get to know Sue Tempero, community volunteer, passionate supporter of women's issues, Rotary member, grandparent of six, and Women's Fund donor.


March 13, 2012

Girl Power

by Women's Fund

Several members of OPTIONS, Women's Fund staff and Advisory Board members visited Girls Inc. and participated in a program about bullying and aggression. Read what one participant learned. - Written by Jennifer Berry, OPTIONS 12 Class Member


March 8, 2012

Enriching the Economic Power of Women

by Abigail Coleman

Celebrate International Women's Day and learn more about the power of women!


March 6, 2012

Hannah, 8th Grade GO Participant, Interviews Martha Lamkin

by Women's Fund

Hannah, 8th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews Martha Lamkin, Emeritus Board member and founding mother of Women's Fund.


March 1, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February Update

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Welcome to our monthly update: Women. Girls. Central Indiana., featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana. I hope you feel better connected to the work of Women's Fund by learning about the incredible impact we are making together for women and girls in our community.


February 29, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

From Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood, planning events and more, here are just a few Women's Fund highlights from February.


February 28, 2012

Startling Domestic Violence Stats and the Work Being Done to Support Victims

by Julie Koegel

By: Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana


February 25, 2012

A 100-year history of instilling character

by Women's Fund

Indianapolis Star: letter to the editor from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, Women's Fund, regarding Girl Scouts.


February 16, 2012

The Giving Characteristics of High Net Worth Women: Going beyond the “warm and fuzzy” stereotype of women donors

by Women's Fund

By: Angela E. White, CFRE Senior Consultant and CEO Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates


February 14, 2012

Young GO participants talk money

by Jennifer Pletcher

Have you ever wondered what kids ages 6 - 13 are thinking about money? Their questions and comments may surprise you.


February 9, 2012

Women are the losers among Komen vs. Planned Parenthood battle

by Kelly Young

Maybe the battle between Komen vs Planned Parenthood is an opportunity for all of us to become more informed, more empowered and more supportive of women’s health issues.


February 2, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - A Monthly Update

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Welcome to our first monthly update: Women. Girls. Central Indiana., featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana. I hope you feel better connected to the work of Women's Fund by learning about the incredible impact we are making together for women and girls in our community.


January 31, 2012

Indy's Super Cure Success!

by Abigail Coleman

Indy's Super Cure collected donations from 700 women last weekend! As a volunteer, I appreciated the experience on multiple levels.


January 31, 2012

New Indiana law will strengthen penalties against child sex trafficking

by Women's Fund

Published in The Indianapolis Star, written by Barb Berggoetz. Groups take steps to aid victims of this hidden crime.


January 31, 2012

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2012

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Welcome to Women. Girls. Central Indiana., a monthly update featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


January 26, 2012

Childcare Wanted: My Personal Struggle

by Abigail Coleman

Finding quality childcare for my infant has proved more difficult than I ever understood, which is why I'm personally glad Women's Fund is tackling this important issue.


January 24, 2012

Mom, I'm Fat

by Kelly Young

"Mom, I'm Fat!" Sadly, it's a comment many mom's may hear. In fact, it's an issue I'm facing right now with my 9-year-old. I truly enjoyed reading how this mom responded when faced with the question. It inspired me and made me think differently about being open, honest and silly with my daughter. I hope it inspires others.


January 19, 2012

Welcome OPTIONS Class 12!

by Abigail Coleman

Introducing OPTIONS Class 12


January 17, 2012

Human Trafficking is Unfortunately Here

by Julie Koegel

Human trafficking is here – you may not see it, but it is happening in our community. Women's Fund is one of several organizations working to raise awareness and prevention of the issue.


January 17, 2012

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2012 OPTIONS Class

by Women's Fund

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces its OPTIONS Class Twelve for 2012. The OPTIONS program engages women ages 25-45 in meaningful exploration of personal and group philanthropy and the needs of women and girls in our community. Members participate in educational classroom sessions and site visits to women and girl serving organizations in central Indiana. To date, OPTIONS members and alumnae have donated more than half a million dollars to support women and girls in central Indiana.


January 12, 2012

Women Are on the Up and Up

by Abigail Coleman

What is in store for women in 2012? Many challenges are ahead. Will you join Women's Fund in making a difference?


January 10, 2012

Introducing New 2012 Board Members and Leadership

by Abigail Coleman

Women's Fund is proud to introduce the new leadership and members of the Advisory Board.


January 10, 2012

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2012 Officers and New Advisory Board Members

by Women's Fund

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana, announces new leadership to its 2012 Advisory Board.


January 5, 2012

Resolve to Get a Checkup

by Kelly Young

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and after reading some alarming health statistics, I've decided to add getting a checkup to my list of New Year's resolutions.


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