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.
Meet Jen Jansen: passionate supporter of Women's Fund, family-oriented philanthropist and helper to those in need in central Indiana and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a look back at the month of November for Women's Fund - everything from grants announcement to OPTIONS celebrations and more.
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.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, asks herself and others "Are you pushing the right buttons to build donor loyalty and increase philanthropic capacity?"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Indiana Fever earn a WNBA title and inspire girls, and countless others in the community, in the process.
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares her thoughts and lessons learned from an outspoken Pakistani girl.
Women's Fund Advisory Board Member, Maria Quintana, believes women are the backbone of the family.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A monthly update on September happenings at 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.
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.
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, talks with three GO participants about their year-long philanthropy project.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on August happenings at Women's Fund.
I may have "celebrated" Women's Equality Day at the softball diamond, but I will honor its meaning when I vote. What about you?
Women give more generously - and engage with organizations like Women's Fund. Article written by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A monthly update on July happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
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.
Read a letter from Jill, a Dove Recovery House client, sharing insight into her path to recovery and self sufficiency.
Read a letter from Joyce, describing her journey to recovery and self sufficiency with the guidance of Dove Recovery House.
Julie Koegel shares reflections after a recent site visit to Women's Fund Grantee Coburn Place.
Photos and highlights from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis program participants leading to the Title IX celebration and game on June 21.
A monthly update on June happenings in Women's Fund.
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.
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.
Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS 12 member, shares her OPTIONS class' adventures with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at Camp Dellwood, on the westside of Indianapolis.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.
May is Older Americans month. Learn about the role older women play in caregiving and the reality of some older women's circumstances.
Check out a guest blog on the "Inspired Philanthropy" OPTIONS class session - written by Mandy Skelton, OPTIONS Class 12 member.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, talks about creating an emotional bond between your cause and women donors.
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.
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!
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.
Grants officer, Julie Koegel, reflects on the grants process while preparing for the June 8 proposal deadline.
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.
A monthly update of Women's Fund happenings in April.
Published in The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Written by Matthew Tully.
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.
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.
Amelia, 9th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews J.A. Lacy, Emeritus Board member and President and COO of LDI Ltd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we come to the close of Women's History Month, enjoy some quotable quotes inspired by women who made - and are making - history.
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.
Get to know Sue Tempero, community volunteer, passionate supporter of women's issues, Rotary member, grandparent of six, and Women's Fund donor.
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
Celebrate International Women's Day and learn more about the power of women!
Hannah, 8th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews Martha Lamkin, Emeritus Board member and founding mother of Women's Fund.
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.
From Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood, planning events and more, here are just a few Women's Fund highlights from February.
By: Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana
Indianapolis Star: letter to the editor from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, Women's Fund, regarding Girl Scouts.
The Giving Characteristics of High Net Worth Women: Going beyond the “warm and fuzzy” stereotype of women donors
By: Angela E. White, CFRE Senior Consultant and CEO Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates
Have you ever wondered what kids ages 6 - 13 are thinking about money? Their questions and comments may surprise you.
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.
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.
Indy's Super Cure collected donations from 700 women last weekend! As a volunteer, I appreciated the experience on multiple levels.
Published in The Indianapolis Star, written by Barb Berggoetz. Groups take steps to aid victims of this hidden crime.
Welcome to Women. Girls. Central Indiana., a monthly update featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.
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.
"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.
Introducing OPTIONS Class 12
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.
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.
What is in store for women in 2012? Many challenges are ahead. Will you join Women's Fund in making a difference?
Women's Fund is proud to introduce the new leadership and members of the Advisory Board.
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 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.