A monthly update from Women's Fund. This month we take a look back at 2013 and the impact you helped us make, as well as a look into 2014 and a promising future for women and girls.
Women's Fund grantee organizations were asked about their greatest joys in their work. Find out what motivates them to provide incredible service to women and girls day in and day out.
2013 was a great year for Women's Fund. Here's just a snapshot of what we did, where we were and how we made an impact.
Meet Jody DeFord - OPTIONS alum, active Women's Fund volunteer, party planner, fashion blogger, and corporate counselor. Article written by Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumnae member.
Women entrepreneurs were honored at the annual NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards luncheon -- and Women's Fund was there for the celebration.
More than 100 women gathered to hear Krissy Bunch share her story about life inside - and now outside of the Indiana Women's Prison. Juliana Meyer, OPTIONS alum, Class 11, shared her insights following the year-end event.
Grants Officer Julie Koegel reveals some unique and effective ways central Indiana nonprofits are strengthening their services to empower women and girls they serve.
A monthly update on November happenings at Women's Fund. This month focuses on how Women's Fund, with dollars invested by its donors, is giving to make a difference for women and girls in central Indiana.
On #GivingTuesday, Kelly Young, OPTIONS alum, is reminded of her "giving plan" and shares how she feels better prepared to give.
Women’s Fund awards grants of $391,082; breaking the $5 million mark benefiting women and girls in our community. Find out the organizations that were awarded grants and how the grants will be used.
Brooke Daunhauer reflects on her OPTIONS experience and shares some highlights from the past 10 months.
More than 1,000 women have received loans totally $1.4 million – 99% of which have been repaid and reinvested in the lives of other women. Jennifer Pletcher highlights the success of Grameen America in Indianapolis.
Your support of Women's Fund is making a difference in the lives of women and girls in central Indiana. Julie Manning Magid, Advisory Board Chair, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, share an update on the year-to-date with friends of Women's Fund.
A monthly update on October happenings at Women's Fund - and a look ahead at where you will find Women's Fund in November.
Kim is a 17-year-old teen parent working toward self-sufficiency with needed support from Project Home Indy. Learn more about Kim's story, her struggles, and how Project Home Indy has been able to help her overcome some of the barriers she has faced as a young parent. Part two of a two-part series on teen parents.
As a teen parent, Edith Lopez needed support. Future Promises, a program of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, was able to provide needed educational and emotional support as Edith became a parent, in addition to high school student. Part one of a two-part series on teen parents.
Angela E. White, CFRE, explores the topic of how parents can instill the spirit of philanthropy in their children.
A group from Women's Fund helped on the Women Build this weekend: "building hope, building dreams and building lives, one family at a time."
Melanie Fitzgerald shares her experience with The Children's Museum Guild and the fun of visiting Women's Fund grantees.
Women's Fund and 31 grantee agencies explored affordable housing options during its recent Agency Forum. This blog highlights some ideas and work being done to address this issue.
OPTONS classmate, Sara Fichtner, talks about her recent site visit to Exodus Refugee Immigration and how she reflected on her own mother's journey to the U.S.
Lucy Aquilano has been involved with Women's Fund in many ways since her participation in OPTIONS Class 4. Meet Lucy, read about her community engagement, and find out a couple of surprising things about her. Article written by Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumnae member.
Tim Bowling, A Tune Above, shares a beautiful letter reflecting on what his involvement as Piano Tuning Sponsor for the GO Ahead & Play project has meant to him. Tim shares that he has learned about so much more than public art and music, he has learned about our community.
Emi Osterhaus, OPTIONS Alumnae member, Class 11, reflects on a recent event for OPTIONS Alumnae members to meet and learn moves from Statia Murphy, yoga instructor at Indiana Women's Prison. Yoga plays an important role with many offenders at Indiana Women's Prison - and proves challenging in unique ways.
GO: Give Back students have a lot to celebrate, after leading the GO Ahead & Play project. Jennifer Pletcher highlights the older students' celebration and reflection on the project and gives insight into the younger students' educational session during GO sessions last weekend.
A blogger, OPTIONS Alumnae and mother of two shares lessons learned while lacing up and training for her first 5k with her daughter.
“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Carin McBroom, owner of Kern Graphic Design, mother of twins and Women's Fund volunteer.
Jennifer was asked about her favorite story of GO Ahead & Play, and it is impossible to share just one. I am going to use this opportunity to share some great stories with you... in no particular order
Shelli McDonald, OPTIONS Alumnae member, Class 10, shares her take on a recent trip to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana's Camp Dellwood. She learned that Dellwood offers much more than camping experiences for girls. Find out more...
Women's Equality Day was August 26. What progress have women made, and what challenges must we continue to address?
Guest post by Angela White, Senior Consultant and CEO, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates. Twitter can be a very effective source of information that helps you make smart volunteer and giving choices.
We are glad you joined us to play through the GO Ahead & Play public art project. Thanks far and wide to those who joined us in this amazing community experience.
Only three days remain to GO Ahead & Play 20 pianos transformed by local artists: don't miss out! You don't need to know how, just play and enjoy!
F. Brooke Dunn, OPTIONS Alumnae - Class 12 and Revenue Manager, Gene B. Glick Company, reflects on a recent visit to Forest Manor Multi-Service Center - Women's Fund grantee and host to a GO Ahead & Play piano.
A few highlights from the past few days of GO Ahead & Play
We are so grateful to the many people who have inquired about donating their piano to GO Ahead & Play. Because this is a one-time project, we do not have the need for any more pianos...
The Indianapolis Star article by Erika D. Smith on public art and GO Ahead & Play as an example for how this could work in Indianapolis.
Each GO Ahead & Play piano tells a story... and it turns out, each of these pianos on public display is helping to create new stories, all across central Indiana.
GO Ahead & Play interview with Andi Hauser, Jennifer Pope Baker and artist Charity Counts on Indy Style, WISH-TV 8.
GO Ahead & Play interview with Jennifer Pope Baker and GO student Reagan on WFXN-59.
Coverage of the launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WTHR 13 and John Duong.
Article about GO Ahead & Play in The Indianapolis Star by Betsy Reason.
Starting today, you can visit 20 beautiful, artistic pianos throughout public places in Indianapolis and Carmel.
GO Ahead & Play launches August 1-18 - an opportunity to enjoy 20 pianos artistically transformed by local artists throughout Indianapolis and Carmel. Read an update on the project including recent events, media coverage, and more.
Coverage of the August 1 launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WRTV 6 and David Franklin.
Coverage of the August 1 launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WISH-TV 8 and David Barras.
Annette Marino shares her perspective in being involved with the GO Ahead & Play project. Annette - or Stockannette - and The Yarnburners transformed a piano by "yarnbombing" it, or knitting and crocheting a cover with pink and white yarn. Visit their piano in front of Emmis Communications on Monument Circle, August 1-18.
FOCUS interview with Angela Cain and Abigail Coleman about GO Ahead & Play on WTHR 13.
Interview with Nicole Pence and Jennifer Pope Baker on WTHR 13.
GO: Give Back 6th-12th grade students are not only leading GO Ahead & Play... they have become artists, in partnership with Project Home Indy residents, as they transformed a piano using only Duck Tape - and teamwork!
One day, two not-to-miss GO Ahead & Play piano preview events, this Saturday July 27th!
GO Ahead & Play Piano #12 has undergone an amazing transformation since its first appearance on the blog in June. See photos of its artist Angie Brooks' beautiful work and hear from Piano #12 as it narrates the last several weeks in the workshop.
"Getting Down to Business" is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in cental Indiana. This month, we are excited to feature Karen Gentleman, owner of Gentleman McCarty and one of the "founding mothers" of Women's Fund.
A reflection on the artistic process as Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play artists wrap up their work in the Women's Fund Workshop. This week, meet artists Sheryl Smith Hays and Aaron Underwood.
OPTIONS Alumnae, Lynne Bir, shares her thoughts and lessons learned following the OPTIONS Alumnae book club event - an event that explored the issue of women refugees.
A monthly update of happenings at Women's Fund of Indiana - June, 2013.
This week at the Women's Fund Workshop, read about who has finished their pianos, what food has been a source of bonding, and featured artists, Cathy Morris and Sara Pugh
Child care challenges, limited options, and expenses that often come with quality care cause many parents (especially working mothers) to be "between a rock and a hard place".
The countdown of the artists' last days in the Women's Fund Workshop is short, as only 12 days remain. This week, meet Ash Robinson, Megan Kirby, and Charity Counts and see photos of their fabulous work.
NASA just announced their latest selection of astronauts and four of the eight are women. I'm so glad their graduating commencement speaker didn't tell them not to be a CEO. Find out who said that, the conversations it has sparked and why this blogger believe girls can be CEOs, astronauts and moms.
GO Ahead & Play features artists of many types! This week, meet JanettMarie and Annette Marino.
Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some information about a recent visit to Southeast Community Services, where the group learned more about a program designed to break the cycle of crime and self-sufficiency among female ex-offenders.
Piano #12: a personality of its own. Meet #12, learn about this GO Ahead & Play piano's journey from the Eckel family home to the Women's Fund Workshop, and learn about the artist transforming #12 for public display.
Changing the Conversation about Rape – What parents need to do to protect their children from being raped or becoming a rapist
Anita M. Carpenter and Karen A. Duncan, Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, share a special feature blog on the depth, pervasiveness, and complexity of rape culture within our society. Learn about this issue among teens and young adults, including victim blaming and the role of social media, and read steps of how parents can take deliberate measures to help prevent rape from occurring.
A monthly update on happenings at Women's Fund.
The Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play project demonstrates Karma through the work of so talented artists giving generously of their time and talent. Meet Jamie Price and Erin Salewicz
"Getting Down to Business" is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in cental Indiana. This month, we are excited to feature Elaine Bedel, president and founder of Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., speaker, author, advocate, world traveler and Advisory Board Vice Chair of Women's Fund.
People age 3-73 joined GO: Give Back students to transform a piano for GO Ahead & Play at the Broad Ripple Art Fair last weekend... Which begs the question - how many people does it take to create art?
Angela E. White, CFRE, reflects on the past 30 years - all of its changes, opportunities... and Diet Coke.
1st-5th grade GO: Give Back students use their creativity to begin transforming a piano into a "Hidden Objects" seek and find. See a sneak peak of their work from last weekend and read the students' reactions.
Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Wendy Yerkes - one of our first board members, a mother of two, a community volunteer, a mentor, a tutor and a passionate pet lover.
Read how GO Ahead & Play artists may have something in common with last week's Mini Marathon participants, and get to know artists Pam Fraizer and Cheryl Lorance.
Caroline Gleason Dutkanych, OPTIONS Alumna and Vice President of Development at Joy's House, reports on a recent OPTIONS Alumnae Medical Panel event. Read the health tips she learned, including five simple ways to improve your health today!
Kristen Merritt, Women's Fund Workshop Manager for the GO Ahead & Play project, introduces two piano artists, Angelina Fielding and Nancy Peterson, and their unique inspiration.
A monthly update on happenings at Women's Fund, from site visits to Alternatives Incorporated in Anderson, The Julian Center by Perspectives participants and Indiana Women's Prison by OPTIONS participants, to updates on GO Ahead & Play and Equal Pay Day.
Becca Hanson, OPTIONS 13 class member and Owner, 14 Districts, reflects on a recent site visit to Indiana Women's Prison. Read what surprised her and learn something new about incarcerated women.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In this blog post, Abigail explores the issue and asks the question: will you help?
“Getting Down to Business” is our new monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Kari Strolberg, owner of Eventful Marketing Solutions and partner in Detail + Design. We caught up with her during her busy season (she's the event planner for Komen Indy Race for the Cure and several Indy 500 events) to find out more about one of Indy's top special event planners.
As a mother, past half marathoner, and concerned citizen, Abigail shares her thoughts on the tragedy that struck the city of Boston yesterday.
Today is Equal Pay Day - but it's not a day to celebrate. Women still get paid significantly less than men. Find out more about the pay gap, why it's important and what we can do to help raise awareness.
Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Melina Kennedy - a mother, community volunteer, communications professional, advocate for women and girls, and former competitive figure skater who still loves to skate.
From visits to Dress for Success Indianapolis and La Plaza to discussions about feminism and GO Ahead & Play activity, March was an action-packed month for Women's Fund.
Jennifer Hutchinson, La Plaza Mother-Daughter Program Coordinator, writes a personal insight into the positive progress and growth of middle school girls participating in programs she facilitates.
A visit to La Plaza shows the vital role the organization plays for the entire Latino community in the Indianapolis-area, and also the opportunities it provides through programs like the Mother-Daughter Program, serving middle school-aged girls and their mothers.
Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Lynne Bir - a community volunteer, marketing professional, ex-officio Advisory Board member, OPTIONS 9 alumnae member, and an avid swimmer, running and triathlete.
A few favorite photos of the month, from GO students live on the set to OPTIONS participants in a group, from a strong and successful businesswoman to a bit of inspiration.
Emily Hebert Groves, OPTIONS Class 13 member and Community Volunteer, explains services provided by Dress for Success Indianapolis, as she learned on a recent OPTIONS site visit, and how the story of Michelle and her personal struggles resonated personally with her.
Happy Women's History Month! Here are a few of my favorite links and stories making news in honor of women this month.
“Getting Down to Business” features female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Natalie Wolfe, owner of 10-01 Food & Drink, in Broad Ripple, advocate, busy mother of three and OPTIONS Class 11 Alumnae.
Crystal Livers-Powers, Community Volunteer and Women's Fund Communications Advisory Committee member, shares her perspective on a recent site visit to Coburn Place Safe Haven. Learn how she connected her mother's advice to her experience on the visit.
A monthly update on happenings from Women's Fund: grants guidelines now available, Vice Chair Elaine Bedel receives distinguished award, GO Ahead & Play full steam ahead with many great sponsors and developments, and congratulations to Ann Murtlow, newly-named CEO of United Way of Central Indiana.
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares some insight into GO and GO Ahead & Play.
Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some valuable insight into issues facing women and girls.
After googling "2013 trends for women," Angela E. White, CFRE, has decided to focus on leadership and impact trends rather than fashion and beauty. Read what inspired her to do so - and why she hopes you will join her.
Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Lily Pai - an architect & design consultant, volunteer, ex-officio Advisory Board member, OPTIONS 12 alumnae member, and award-winning jewelry-maker.
See a some great photos of Women's Fund activity, and inspiration, over the past month.
“Getting Down to Business” is our new monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Rebecca Hanson, owner of 14 Districts, world traveler, OPTIONS Class 13 member and fashion extraordinaire.
Sara Fichtner, OPTIONS Class 13 member and Divisional Grant Coordinator, The Salvation Army, shares her insights and take-aways from a recent visit to Concord Neighborhood Center.
Julie Manning Magid shares an opinion piece with the Indianapolis Business Journal on the importance and benefits of increasing women's presence on boards.
Women's Fund of Central Indiana is seeking artists to decorate pianos for a student-led public art project, GO Ahead & Play. Applications are due by February 28, 2013, at 12 p.m.
Women’s Fund Announces Invitation to Artists to Help Bring Pop-Up Pianos to Life as Part of its Student-Led GO Ahead & Play Project.
A monthly update on Women's Fund happenings from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.
Sara Richey, OPTIONS Class 13 member and Community Volunteer, shares her take on the first OPTIONS Class - from diving into a pool to peeling an orange!
Mentoring is an important way to build a child's confidence and success. Read for a special opportunity to volunteer as a mentor for girls at an IPS school!
Learn about the Violence Against Women Act, which was not renewed this year, what this means for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and our community, and how you can help.
Ali Birge, OPTIONS 13 member and Senior Vice President, Development & Finance, Pedcor Investments, shares her awe, inspiration, and amusement in meeting the women of her class on January 15.
Women's Fund announces new Advisory Board members: Brenda S. Horn, Anita Joshi, MD, Melina Kennedy, and Wendy V. Yerkes. Ex-Officio members Lynne Bir and Jennifer Rawe also join, and Julie Manning Magid continues as Chair and Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, as Vice Chair.
Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS Alumnae, Class 12, and Marketing Director, Indiana Design Center, shares OPTIONS Class 13 welcome event highlights and greetings for class members, whose first class is today.
Women’s Fund of Central Indiana donated $4,000 to Dove Recovery House last week following a January 5 fire that damaged its basement and displaced 17 residents and a staff member. The funds are being used to defray emergency expenses to allow the women to stay at an extended stay hotel while repairs are made to the House.
Dove Recovery House, local home for women overcoming addiction and substance abuse, caught fire this week. Learn more including how you can help.
The New Year offers exciting new opportunities - including some new ideas for the Women's Fund blog. Find out what we have in store for this space - and share your ideas too.
A look at 2012 through some great photos.