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December 16, 2015

Celebrating a Great Year and New Beginnings

by Women's Fund

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.


December 9, 2015

Making Your Organization Stand Out in an Attention Economy

by Women's Fund

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.


December 2, 2015

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - December

by Jennifer Pope Baker

A monthly update and news from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


November 25, 2015

Women’s Fund Awards $157,500 to 17 Nonprofits

by Women's Fund

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.


November 18, 2015

Meet Mitzi: A Women's Fund Woman

by Kelly Young

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.


November 4, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Anita DuBois

by Women's Fund

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.


October 28, 2015

Craine House provides hope to nonviolent female offenders

by Kelly Young

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.


October 15, 2015

Lessons Learned from a Parenting Teen

by Women's Fund

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.


October 8, 2015

Women. Girls. Central Indiana

by Jennifer Pope Baker


September 23, 2015

Lessons Learned at the White House from a Group of Champions

by Jennifer Pletcher

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.


September 16, 2015

Generational Dynamics of Family Giving

by Women's Fund

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.


September 2, 2015

A Speaker with Substance: Andrea Jung

by Women's Fund

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.


August 26, 2015

Women's Fund Goes to Camp

by Jennifer Pletcher

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.


August 19, 2015

Shortchanged: The Women's Wealth Gap

by Julie Koegel

Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some insight and information into the women's wealth gap.


August 12, 2015

In Awe of an Addict Who Turned Her Life Around

by Kelly Young

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.”


August 5, 2015

Living Poor and Insecure in Indiana

by Women's Fund

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.


July 29, 2015

5 Reasons I Like Andrea Jung

by Kelly Young

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.


July 15, 2015

Exodus Refugee Provides Hope for Thousands Who Have Fled Their Homes

by Kelly Young

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.


July 8, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Morgan Hoover

by Kelly Young

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.


July 1, 2015

I Caught the Spirit of Aloha

by Kelly Young

Attitude. Love. Opportunity. HA! - Philanthropic comedian Kevin Wanzer taught me - and a group of young philanthropists, the spirit of ALOHA!


June 24, 2015

How Cookies and Camp Can Change Lives

by Women's Fund

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.


June 17, 2015

Big Little Lies

by Women's Fund

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.


June 10, 2015

Developing the Next Generation of High-Net-Worth Donors

by Women's Fund

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.


June 3, 2015

Perspectives from a Caregiving/Aging Parents Panel

by Women's Fund

Judy Phillips, a member of Perspectives Class 1, shares her "perspectives" on a recent Caregiving/Aging Parents Panel Discussion.


June 2, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Nancy Pitt

by Kelly Young

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.


May 27, 2015

A Visit to Trinity Free Clinic Offers Information and Insight

by Women's Fund

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.


May 20, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Keely Butrum

by Kelly Young

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.


May 13, 2015

What Would Deborah Hearn Smith Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

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.


May 6, 2015

Discovering Dove Recovery House

by Women's Fund

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.


April 29, 2015

Blown Away by Dress for Success

by Women's Fund

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.


April 22, 2015

Site Visits Provide Women Different Perspectives

by Women's Fund

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.


April 15, 2015

The Gender Wage Gap

by Kelly Young

Equal Pay Day probably went unnoticed by many yesterday, so today's blog post highlights some startling stats about the gender wage gap.


April 8, 2015

What Would Susan Ferguson Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

by Women's Fund

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.


April 1, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Marva

by Kelly Young

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.


March 30, 2015

Women's Fund & Our Commitment to Equality

by Jennifer Pope Baker


March 25, 2015

The Power of Words

by Women's Fund

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.


March 18, 2015

Empowered by The Empowerment Project

by Kelly Young

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?


March 12, 2015

Women's Fund Funds Program That Helps Female Drop Outs With Children

by Julie Koegel

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.


March 5, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Emily Groves

by Women's Fund

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.


March 3, 2015

A Cry for Help

by Women's Fund

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.


February 24, 2015

Hot Trend for 2015 is to G-I-V-E

by Women's Fund

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.


February 17, 2015

Proud to be a GO Student!

by Women's Fund

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.


February 10, 2015

Artists, a Friend and a Stranger All Share Stories of Abuse

by Kelly Young

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.


February 5, 2015

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Judy Phillips

by Kelly Young

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.


January 15, 2015

Are You Financially Literate?

by Kelly Young

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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