Jody DeFord (OA Class 2) was one of 100+ women who attended the OPTIONS and Perspectives Year End celebration. Although she showed up feeling like Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation, she left with an overwhelming sense of pride for Women's Fund of Central Indiana - read why.
Guest blogger, Angela White, shares some tips on how nonprofits can capture a person's attention in a cluttered environment and gain new donors, members, volunteers and more.
A monthly update and news from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.
Women's Fund of Central Indiana announces grants totaling $157,500 to 17 nonprofits investing in women and girls in Central Indiana - that brings their investment to more than $5.5 million.
Mitzi Witchger is an advocate for gender equality, a "Mom Who Made a Difference," a Dreamer, Doer and a Door Opener, and a member of Perspectives Class 1. To say she is passionate about options and opportunities for women and girls is an understatement. Read more about Mitzi.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Anita DuBois, director of Global Medical Communications for Eli Lilly, mother of two, seven time mini-marathon runner, and strong advocate for women and girls in central Indiana.
Women's Fund recently visited Craine House - an alternative to prison for nonviolent female offenders. A place that provides opportunities and hope for women and their children. It's one of only six such programs in the country and the only one in the Midwest.
A parenting teen shares some of the valuable life lessons she learned while living at Project Home Indy - a safe haven for young girls and their babies. Read what she had to say.
Eleven Champions shared their stories of change during an event at the White House. Women's Fund was there and has these lessons learned to share in today's blog.
Angela E. White, CFRE, shares information and insights into generational giving and steps in creating a flexible family giving strategy that will last through multiple generations.
Jennifer Dzwonar, co-chair for this year’s Power of Women’s Fund Philanthropy event, shares highlights of this year's speaker - a speaker of substance, a woman who will provide interesting thoughts in a fun, entertaining setting - Andrea Jung, President & CEO of Grameen America.
More than 100 women headed to Mickey's Camp for an invigorating, empowering and rejuvenating experience - including many of the women from Women's Fund. Jennifer Pletcher shares some insight in today's blog.
Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some insight and information into the women's wealth gap.
A former crack cocaine addict turned her life around and is now serving as the executive director of the organization that saved her life 16 years ago. Women's Fund visited Seeds of Hope and learned more about the place “Where a Life of Addiction Ends and Life of Hope Begins.”
A group of Women's Fund women learned what it's like to be poor and insecure in Indiana. Startling facts were shared and hard decisions were made. One participant shared her thoughts in today's blog.
Andrea Jung, President & CEO of Grameen America and former Chairman and CEO of Avon, is speaking at The Power of Women's Philanthropy. Kelly Young, Women's Fund communications consultant, did a little research and came up with 5 reasons she really likes Ms. Jung.
I cannot imagine the horrific violence that takes place around the world causing women, men and children to flee their homes. But it happens everyday. Fortunately, Exodus Refugee exists to provide hope to refugees who now call Indianapolis home. Here's more after a site visit to Exodus Refugee.
Each month we profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Morgan Hoover, wife, mother, volunteer, philanthropist and a daredevil who makes an amazing blueberry cobbler.
Attitude. Love. Opportunity. HA! - Philanthropic comedian Kevin Wanzer taught me - and a group of young philanthropists, the spirit of ALOHA!
A recent site visit to Girl Scout Day Camp Dellwood taught Megan Caress how cookies and camp are changing the lives of girls participating in Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.
The OA Book Club recently reviewed and discussed the book "Big Little Lies" and explored topics ranging from bullying, spousal abuse and more. Juliana Meyer shares her thoughts on this easy read and humorous book, the conversation among the group and some startling facts that were shared.
Angela White talks about developing the next generation of high-net-worth donors and how programs like GO: GIVE BACK strengthen the fabric of charitable giving in our country.
Judy Phillips, a member of Perspectives Class 1, shares her "perspectives" on a recent Caregiving/Aging Parents Panel Discussion.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Nancy Cooper Pitt. She went through Women's Fund Perspectives program (Class 2) and continues to stay involved.
Perspectives Class 3 member and community volunteer, Linda Joy, shares her "perspectives" on a recent site visit to the Trinity Free Clinic. Read more in today's blog post.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Keely Butrum. She's a financial advisor, a member of OPTIONS Class 15 and a strong advocate for women who victims of domestic violence.
Women's Fund made a bold announcement last 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 Deborah Hearn Smith shares advice for her 18-year-old self.
Read what one woman learned about Dove Recovery House, a transitional housing facility for women recovering from substance abuse - and a turning point for many women in the last 15 years.
Erin Brothers has volunteered at Dress for Success in the past. She thought she knew the organization, but a recent site visit blew her away.
Perspectives Class 3 recently visited Early Learning Indiana and Project Home Indy. Find out what they learned about the organizations and what they had to say.
Equal Pay Day probably went unnoticed by many yesterday, so today's blog post highlights some startling stats about the gender wage gap.
Women's Fund made a bold announcement last 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 Susan Ferguson, Executive Director, Prevail, shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Marva Deskins Hamilton, counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels, member of Black Girls Run, OPTIONS Class 15 member, painter, belly dancer, and more.
Jordan, a 4th grade GO student, shares her experience and lessons learned from the launch of Rabbi Sandy Sasso's latest children's book, Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.
What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail? After watching the documentary "The Empowerment Project" one 12-year-old wants to play softball, start an all-women's MLB team and create an anti-bullying program at her middle school. What would you do?
Grants Officer Julie Koegel met with the Indiana Latino Institute to learn more about their pilot program designed to help young female drop outs with children.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Emily Groves, she's the mother of two, a "homebody," an avid reader, and the co-chair of the 2015 Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy event.
Emi shares startling stats and frightening facts from a recent drug panel that left her wondering how she can keep her children protected from the craziness of the world we live in.
Angela E. White, CFRE, helps us look at key philanthropy trends that will impact how we G-I-V-E. Hint: it has to do with Giving, Impact, Visibility and Emergence.
A meeting with other GO teens reminds Hannah why she is proud to be a GO student and why organizations like Women's Fund, places like The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and books like Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree inspire her.
Moved by recent stories of abuse involving a local artist, a national artist, a close friend and a stranger, blogger Kelly Young hopes to raise awareness of violence against women and the work being done through Women's Fund and its grantees to make a difference.
Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Judy Phillips, an IMPD Sergeant and member of Perspectives Class 1. Find out how after running 195 miles she became involved with Women's Fund - and what keeps her involved.
Are you among the number of women who have low confidence in financial literacy? I have to admit that I am - but I'm working on it and these resources and articles are great information.
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- Mar 10 - Concord Neighborbood Center Provides Invaluable Services to Indy's Southside
- Feb 08 - Press Release - February 8, 2017
- Dec 28 - Dove Recovery House Helps Women Face Down Addiction
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