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December 30, 2014

Meet Destiney. Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. You will meet a wide variety of women and young women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Destiney.


December 23, 2014

What Would Julie Bowen Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement earlier this year regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to create a connection with the new initiative called "NEXT" we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Julie Bowen shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


December 18, 2014

Gifts to Empower Girls This Holiday Season

by Kelly Young

Santa may be bringing a few girl-empowering gifts to our house this year. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.


December 15, 2014

End of the Year Perspective

by Women's Fund

Michele Janin shares her perspectives on Perspectives.


December 11, 2014

Inspired by a Survivor's Story

by Kelly Young

A survivor shares her story of sexual abuse in hopes of inspiring others to speak up, while also sharing an important message to young girls and mothers.


December 9, 2014

Women Give 2014: The Latest Research on Women’s Philanthropic Giving Patterns

by Women's Fund

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares information from the latest Women Give report.


December 4, 2014

OPTIONS Year-end Event & State of Women’s Fund

by Women's Fund

Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS Alumnae, Class 12, and Marketing Director, Indiana Design Center, shares OPTIONS Year-end event highlights and the State of Women's Fund.


December 2, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - November 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update from Women's Fund. November was busy: we visited The White House, welcomed new OPTIONS class members, bid farewell to two valued staff members, received final applications for NEXT, and more.


November 28, 2014

Meet Ariel. Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. You will meet a wide variety of women and young women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Ariel.


November 25, 2014

Thank you!

by Women's Fund

Today we simply want to say THANKS. Read why - and to whom we are thankful in today's blog post.


November 20, 2014

Welcome OPTIONS Class 15

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund announced the names of OPTIONS Class 15. We are excited about this group of women committed to learning about and supporting the needs of women and girls in our community.


November 13, 2014

Grab Your Girlfriend and Become a Big Friend

by Kelly Young

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana adds "Big Friends" in an effort to increase the number of mentors. You and your best friend, co-worker or sister can make a "Big" difference!


November 4, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - October 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From Geena Davis and the Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy to New York and the Clinton Global Initiative; new videos (including one featuring the Indianapolis Colts) and NEXT - find out what the past month held for Women's Fund.


October 30, 2014

Meet Suri: Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. You will meet a wide variety of women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Suri.


October 28, 2014

What Would Wendy Yerkes Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement earlier this year regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to create a connection with the new initiative called "NEXT" we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Wendy Yerkes shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


October 21, 2014

Dispelling the Myth That Hunger is Just an Issue for Indy's Homeless

by Women's Fund

Recently GO participants dug a little deeper into the issue of homelessness by examining food insecurity as part of a larger challenge for those living in poverty. One youth shares her perspective on the issue.


October 16, 2014

Geena Davis Speaks About Gender Equality

by Kelly Young

Actor Geena Davis was the keynote speaker for The Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy last week - and I'm a bigger fan than before. One thing she shared: "Girls need to see more women as leaders, asserting themselves and being in charge of their own destinies." Find out what else she talked about.


October 14, 2014

Are You Financially Frugal? Tips from Female Financial Advisors

by Women's Fund

Jody DeFord (OA Class 2) admits to being frugal and wants to live debt free - she's not alone. In today's blog, she shares the tips on finance and financial planning from some of Indy's top financial advisors.


October 9, 2014

Getting to Know Juliana Meyer

by Women's Fund

Meet Juliana Meyer - she's a doctor, OPTIONS alum, active Women's Fund volunteer, philanthropist - and she can tell the year, make and model of muscle cars.


October 7, 2014

A Snapshot of The Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy Event

by Women's Fund

Last week, Women's Fund hosted The Power of Women’s Fund Philanthropy, featuring Academy Award winner Geena Davis. Here's a "snapshot" of the event.


October 2, 2014

Legal Services Necessary to Break the Violence Cycle

by Julie Koegel

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), it's fitting to highlight the amazing work one Women's Fund grantee is doing to "make the victim as whole as possible."


September 26, 2014

What Would Tavonna Harris Askew Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to create a connection with the new initiative called "NEXT" we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Tavonna Harris Askew shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


September 23, 2014

Geena Davis. NEXT. Clinton Global Initiative. And More!

by Kelly Young

Tickets are still available for the Oct. 2 Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy event. Find out what excites one of our bloggers about the upcoming event.


September 18, 2014

Meet Alexis: Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. You will meet a wide variety of women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Alexis.


September 16, 2014

Getting Down to Business with Sara Morris

by Kelly Young

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana involved with - and supportive of Women's Fund of Central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Sara Morris - mom, wife, photographer, storyteller, world traveler, entrepreneur, and much more.


September 9, 2014

Be a Girl!

by Kelly Young

Inspired by the #LikeAGirl video and several young athletes one mom is working hard to encourage her daughter to "Be a Girl" - and much more.


September 2, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - August 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From summer highlights to the start of school, conferences to site visits, Future Promises to NEXT - find out what August held for Women's Fund.


August 28, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge: What Will Happen When the Ice Dries Up

by Women's Fund

Did you take the ice bucket challenge? Angela E. White, CFRE, shares her thoughts on the ice bucket challenge and what she hopes it may have inspired beyond awareness and funds for ALS.


August 26, 2014

Women's Fund Recognized by Integrating Woman Leaders

by Women's Fund

Every year, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc. (IWL) selects an Indiana not-for-profit organization as its Charity Spotlight Award Recipient. This year Women's Fund was selected. Learn about IWL and how the two organizations we are empowering women to be the best they can be.


August 22, 2014

An Emotional and Powerful Visit with Young Parenting and Pregnant Teens

by Women's Fund

During a recent site visit to Health and Hospital Corp., women from Women's Fund met pregnant and parenting teens and learned how one program is helping young mothers. Lily Pai, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, shares her experience in this blog.


August 19, 2014

Meet Yulissa. Is She NEXT?

by Jennifer Pletcher

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. The women you will meet have made it through the 18-24 year-old phase of life and are successful, or not, they are 18-24 and struggling, they are going to be 18 soon and unsure of what is next for them ... you will meet a wide variety of women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Yulissa.


August 12, 2014

What Would Tuti Scott Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to create a connection with the new initiative called "NEXT" we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Tuti Scott shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


August 7, 2014

Everyday Woman Experiences Abuse Every Day

by Kelly Young

Through my work with Women’s Fund I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a number of different women. I’m learning through these women that these stories of extreme trauma and abuse are not uncommon. I’m learning that more and more women need help. Meet Sarah, a “Carmel mom” who was so entrenched in her life she couldn’t see the cycle of abuse.


August 5, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2014

by Women's Fund

This month we want to introduce you to Kelsey, invite you to read what Jennifer Dzwonar would tell her 18-year-old self, and learn more about several grantees through site visits with Board members and friends of Women's Fund.


July 31, 2014

What Would Jennifer Dzwonar Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to create a connection with the new initiative called "NEXT" we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Jennifer Young Dzwonar shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


July 22, 2014

Christamore House Helps Women Help Themselves

by Abigail Coleman

A recent visit to Christamore House revealed their life-changing work to help women on the near west side of Indianapolis become self-sufficient.


July 17, 2014

Tully: Seeking ideas to help young women

by Women's Fund

Matthew Tully features Women's Fund and NEXT in his latest column.


July 15, 2014

Meet Kelsey. Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. You will meet a wide variety of women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Kelsey.


July 10, 2014

G.L.A.M. Rocks!

by Julie Koegel

Grants Officer Julie Koegel visited G.L.A.M. summer camp and learned what one organization in Indianapolis is doing to help at-risk girls in our community.


July 8, 2014

Craine House - A Place of Hope and Justice

by Women's Fund

You never know what you drive by on your way to work. One OPTIONS member learned she passes Craine House - a work-release facility that helps women convicted of non-violent offenses live with their preschool age children while serving their sentence. Read more about her visit to Craine House.


June 30, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - June 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

As June winds to an end, I am enjoying the start of summer and all the promise it has for hot days at the pool, cooking out in the backyard, and anticipating 4th of July celebrations. I am grateful for the coolair-conditioning in my house and in my office and realize this comfort isn’t shared by all.


June 26, 2014

Meet Brenda. Is She NEXT?

by Kelly Young

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. The women you will meet have made it through the 18-24 year-old phase of life and are successful, or not, they are 18-24 and struggling, they are going to be 18 soon and unsure of what is next for them ... you will meet a wide variety of women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Brenda.


June 24, 2014

What Would Karen Gentleman Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce the new initiative called "NEXT" and to begin creating a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Karen Gentleman shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


June 19, 2014

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part II

by Women's Fund

In Part II of this two-part series, Maryjane asks (and answers) some questions about women and alcohol that came up during the OA Book Club event.


June 17, 2014

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part I

by Women's Fund

In Part I of a two-part series, Maryjane introduces us to the OA Book Club event and Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.


June 5, 2014

Film Reflects Real Stories of Homeless, Pregnant Teens

by Women's Fund

Perspectives Alumnae screened the film Gimme Shelter and then heard real-life stories from pregnant teens from Project Home Indy. Cynthia Rallis shares her perspectives from last month's Perspectives event.


June 3, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

May is a favorite month for many. Find out why it was a favorite for Women's Fund: from NEXT, being named a Charity Spotlight, and a new Title Sponsor for Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy.


May 30, 2014

Are These Horrible Headlines Real?

by Kelly Young

These horrible headlines are chilling and unreal - yet real! So where is the bubble I can put my daughter in to protect her?


May 28, 2014

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

by Kelly Young

Like many others, today I spent time reading about - and remembering Dr. Maya Angelou. I'm fascinated by her life and inspired by her words. I look forward to sharing her wisdom with my daughter.


May 13, 2014

What Would Debby Knox Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce the new initiative called "NEXT" and to begin creating a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Debby Knox shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


May 8, 2014

Bring Back Our Girls

by Kelly Young

I have an 11-year-old daughter and the horrific news of the nearly 300 girls in Nigera who have been kidnapped hits closer to home. I am heartbroken and outraged - and I want to help #BringBackOurGirls!


May 1, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From grantee special events to a national conference in Chicago, a search for visionary leaders and fellows, to the introduction of Ebony, April was adventurous and a lot of fun for Women's Fund.


April 29, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Women's Fund

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevail, a Women's Fund grantee, shares some startling stats we hope will move you toward joining us in our commitment to reduce violence against women and girls in central Indiana.


April 24, 2014

Grantee Profile: Exodus Refugee Immigration

by Women's Fund

Each month we will post a guest blog to highlight grantees and the work done with funding from Women's Fund. This month find out how Women's Fund has supported the Exodus Refugee Women's Self-Sufficiency program.


April 22, 2014

Philanthropy with a Gendered Voice

by Women's Fund

Tuti Scott is a thought leader on women's philanthropy, leadership, and social change. As today's guest blogger, and with her permission, we are sharing her thoughts and ideas about philanthropy with a gendered voice.


April 15, 2014

What Would Emily Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce the new initiative called "NEXT" and to begin creating a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Dr. Emily Walvoord shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


April 10, 2014

Ending Domestic Violence

by Julie Koegel

Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some startling stats and what one Women's Fund grantee is doing to end domestic violence.


April 8, 2014

Today is Equal Pay Day (but it's not equal)

by Kelly Young

In recognition of “Equal Pay Day,” the date that symbolizes how far into the new year the average woman would have to work to earn what the average man did in the previous year, we're sharing some information, facts and more.


April 3, 2014

A Perspective on Refugees in Central Indiana

by Women's Fund

After discussing the book "The Middle of Everywhere" and learning more about Exodus Refugee Immigration, Michele Janin shares her perspective and what she learned about refugees in central Indiana.


March 31, 2014

Women's Fund: BIG Announcement

by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women's Fund announces our exciting new initiative. Learn about what's NEXT for women in our community!


March 25, 2014

Tully: New effort poised to help young women

by Women's Fund

Matthew Tully, with The Indianapolis Star, provides a preview of NEXT in his most recent column.


March 20, 2014

Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?

by Women's Fund

Delia Askew Harris (OPTIONS Class 12) shares some insight and observations from the "sex talk," hosted by Planned Parenthood. OPTIONS Alumnae were everything from intrigued to scared, but also "all ears" as the group learned more about "The Talk."


March 18, 2014

Getting to Know Cory and Susie

by Women's Fund

Each month we feature the women and men who are involved with Women's Fund. This month, we introduce you to Cory Martinson and Susie Howard: sisters, best friends and philanthropists who share a family history with Women's Fund.


March 13, 2014

Tapping Into Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program

by Women's Fund

New this year: a monthly guest blog to highlight grantees and the work done with funding from Women's Fund. This month, find out how a grant to Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) means stability for more children and families and peace of mind for working parents.


March 11, 2014

What Emily Would Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

In 2014, Women's Fund will make a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce this and begin to create a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Emily Groves shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


March 4, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2014

by Women's Fund

A monthly update from Women's Fund. February may be the shortest month of the year, but we aren't short on great information to share.


February 25, 2014

Getting Down to Business with Lalaine Smith

by Women's Fund

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Dr. Lalaine Smith DDS - dentist, wife, mom, volunteer, traveler, and much more.


February 19, 2014

GO Girls Contribute as a Voice of Change

by Women's Fund

A group of GO girls recently talked about the portrayal of women in media, gender representation, and how they can each contribute as a voice of change for their generation. Read what one high school junior had to say.


February 18, 2014

Women's Fund Supports Dress for Success Indianapolis from Day 1

by Women's Fund

New this year: a monthly guest blog to highlight grantees and the work done with funding from Women's Fund. This month, find out how Dress for Success Indianapolis supports 1,500+ women annually - and how Women's Fund has been there since their inception.


February 13, 2014

Sharing Some Love

by Jennifer Pletcher

GO: Give Back students created Valentine's Day cards for The Julian Center while learning about - and talking about empathy, compassion and sharing love.


February 11, 2014

What Melissa Would Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

In 2014, Women's Fund will make a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce this and begin to create a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. This month Melissa Proffitt Reese shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


February 4, 2014

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2014

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From cold weather to warm welcomes, new board members to new class members, planning meetings to cancelled meetings, January was a busy (and crazy) month for Women's Fund.


January 30, 2014

Polar Vortex and Its Chilling Affect on Working Moms

by Kelly Young

What kind of chilling affect does this chilling weather have on working moms? Two-hour delays, cancellations and more. Today's blog starts the conversation about what moms - and organizations are doing during the "polar vortex."


January 28, 2014

Consider the Vulnerable in Winter Conditions

by Abigail Coleman

How are those struggling to get by as well as small business owners managing in the extreme weather conditions? Read how Women's Fund is helping in a small way - and how you can make a difference too.


January 23, 2014

What Emi Would Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

In 2014, Women's Fund will make a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce this and begin to create a connection, we have asked several women to answer the question: "What would I tell my 18-year-old self?" Their responses will be posted monthly. Read what Emi Osterhaus would tell her 18-year-old self.


January 21, 2014

Telling the Story of #WomenLeading Philanthropy

by Women's Fund

Angela White shares information about #WomenLeading Philanthropy - a symposium in Chicago that looks at how the philanthropic landscape has changed as a result of women's increased engagement.


January 16, 2014

Grantee's Aha Moment Benefits Girls Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

by Women's Fund

New this year: a monthly guest blog to highlight grantees and the work done with funding from Women's Fund. This month, find out how an "aha moment" is helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana better serve girls in central Indiana, by involving moms.


January 14, 2014

Welcome OPTIONS Class 14

by Kelly Young

Women's Fund announces the names of the women selected to OPTIONS. Please join me in welcoming OPTIONS Class 14.


January 2, 2014

Getting Down to Business with Mandy Moore

by Kelly Young

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Mandy Moore, co-founder of VMS BioMarketing, mother of three, and recent participant of Women's Fund Perspectives Class 1.


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