Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February Update
One of the reasons I love my job is because I believe passionately in the work we do as an organization to support women and girls in our community. From Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, planning events and more, here are just a few Women's Fund highlights from February:
- I was stunned to read the letter Representative Bob Morris sent to his colleagues disparaging the good name of Girl Scouts and putting forth claims that were inflammatory and untrue. I felt compelled to show my support - and to demonstrate Women's Fund's support - by writing a letter to The Indianapolis Star; I hope you will take a minute to read and respond. You also can show your support by posting your favorite Girl Scout memory on our Facebook page.
- Women's Fund is proud of the 13-year relationship we have had with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and are concerned about the recent headlines made by Susan G. Komen Foundation when it announced a change in funding policy that impacted Planned Parenthood (since reversed). The funding priorities for Women's Fund include supporting quality, affordable and preventive healthcare for women who have limited resources and we will continue to review carefully and fund grant requests from agencies, including Planned Parenthood of Indiana, that offer well-defined programs to provide crucial access to healthcare for women and girls in central Indiana. I invite you to join us in supporting this work by making a donation today.
- Several people have asked me about the connection between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Mel & Bren Simon Cancer Center. The Tissue Bank is not an affiliate or a part of the Komen, rather the name comes from how the Tissue Bank has chosen to honor the very significant funding they have received from Komen the past several years. The Tissue Bank is a part of Indiana University and is not governed by the Komen Foundation.
- Women's Fund has been selected to be one of the beneficiaries of the Henry & Belle Trunk Show & Celebratory Event on Friday, March 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 14 Districts, 110 W. Main St., Carmel. For a $25 donation you will receive a 20% savings card. In essence, you'll be helping women and girls in central Indiana by simply making a purchase from Henry & Belle. We are so appreciative of unique opportunities like this that allow us to have some fun while connecting with new audiences.
- Kelly Krauskopf, COO of Indiana Fever and Women's Fund Advisory Board member, and I met recently to discuss the 40th anniversary of Title IX and we are both excited to be in the early stages of planning an event in June to celebrate this important occasion. Watch for more information in this space in the months ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's brief update on women and girls. I hope this helps you better connect to the work of Women's Fund and understand the incredible impact we are making together for women and girls in our community.
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