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December 31, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - December 2013

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.

December 22, 2009 by Kelly Young

Exploring a Community Center I Never Had

I decided to take a closer look at Concord Neighborhood Center. Women’s Fund has provided significant funds to this organization for a number of years – from computer training for girls to childcare for women; assistance with basic needs to youth development.

December 21, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

New Name, Same Critical Services

Family Service is changing it's name - to Families First. Their services to provide affordable, professional support services to central Indiana families.

December 14, 2010 by Kelly Young

A Special Christmas Party at the Indiana Women's Prison

Volunteers from Women's Fund organized a special Christmas party for moms participating in the Family Preservation program at the Indiana Women's Prison. The day was joyful, yet emotional - both for the moms and the volunteers.

December 5, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - November 2013

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.

November 27, 2012 by Women's Fund

New Grants Give More Opportunities to Women and Girls

We are excited to announce we have made grants of $354,413 to benefit 17 organizations in central Indiana. Learn more about the organizations we funded and the important work they are doing in our community.

November 26, 2013 by Women's Fund

Breaking $5 Million Mark Benefiting Women and Girls

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.

November 25, 2015 by Women's Fund

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

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 16, 2016 by Women's Fund

Sew the world back together

Guest Blogger: Alissa Wetzel Assistant Counsel United States Department of Defense Defense Finance & Accounting Service

November 12, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

National Family Caregivers Month - Think About the Caregivers in Your Life

This month is National Family Caregivers Month, which got me thinking about the roles of traditional caregivers.

November 4, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Caregiving Challenges and Solutions

Women's Fund has made a concerted effort to fund organizations focused on caregiving. We have made great strides in central Indiana, granting over $832,000 to address caregiving issues through organizations.

November 4, 2010 by Kelly Young

A Conversation Seven Years Ago Becomes a Beautiful Home for Pregnant Teens

Project Home Indy is opening a home for pregnant and parenting homeless teens, to meet a demand that is greater than what is available in central Indiana.

November 2, 2009 by Kelly Young


I truly have had a great time getting to know Womens Fund better over the past few months. Yes, I went through OPTIONS several years ago. Yes, I know several of the organizations who benefit from Womens Fund grants. Yes, I have a few friends on committees and/or the board. But Ive discovered some new things I didnt know (or maybe didnt remember). Take, for example, some of these did you knows that ive discovered or rediscovered.

October 12, 2009 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Awards $337,500 to Organizations Supporting Caregiving, Domestic Violence and Insufficient Income

(Indianapolis) Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $337,500 to organizations giving opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to women and girls in central Indiana. The grants, awarded to 13 organizations, target central Indiana’s organizations focused on caregiving, domestic violence and insufficient income.

October 8, 2013 by Julie Koegel

Women's Fund Explores Affordable Housing

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.

September 21, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Options and Opportunities

My grandmother graduated in 1949 with a Chemistry degree (pictured is the two of us in recent years). Her five hard-working daughters became a teacher, nurses, doctor, and a graphic designer/business owner. From a young age, my closest friends were education-focused, and they are now working in a variety of career fields. You might imagine one of the most important values to me is education, and I am fortunate this was modeled by many strong women in my life.

September 13, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

7 Billion and Climbing

The world is about to reach a population of 7 billion people, which could have big implications for us - particularly for women.

September 7, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Southside Community is Centered on Concord

Each time I visit a Women's Fund grantee, I walk away amazed—at the work being accomplished, the challenges faced in our community, and the creativity of staff members to make tight budgets go even further. My visit to Concord Community Center last Tuesday was no exception. I joined Women's Fund Advisory Board, Grants Committee, and OPTIONS Class 10 members to learn about this center's services to families on Indianapolis' Southside, services Women's Fund has supported since 1999, through grants totaling over $107,000. We had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Niki Girls, director of Concord for about 25 years.

August 27, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Happy (belated) Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day was August 26. What progress have women made, and what challenges must we continue to address?

August 24, 2010 by Kelly Young

I Walked in the Shoes of a Struggling Woman – and Walked Away Relieved

Women's Fund hosted a program called "Take a Walk in Her Shoes" which allowed participants the opportunity to become a woman in our community faced with complications, obstacles and barriers, struggling to get by. Our job was to try and navigate the social services available to people trying to escape poverty.

August 23, 2011 by Women's Fund

Let’s Go Reggio! A Visit to the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center

Jenny Burch, OPTIONS Class 11 Member, shares her perspective on a visit to Day Nursery's Ruth A Lilly Center.

August 17, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Back to School...Or Not?

"Kids go back to school... or maybe not" talks about the challenges the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system faces this time of year.

August 13, 2010 by Women's Fund

Transforming Lives and the Community Through Business Ownership

By: Kelli Reifel, OPTIONS Class 10 member As a member of OPTIONS Class 10, I recently had the opportunity to attend a site visit at Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana. BOI is one of the countless amazing organizations Women’s Fund supports. I was, once again, impressed to learn about how yet another organization supports women and children in Indiana.

July 28, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Summercamp...At Indiana Women's Prison

How many of you think back to childhood and remember the joy of summer camp? So, as much as I LOVE summer camp, I have to say I was astounded to learn about summer day camp at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP).

July 24, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Imagining a Nation Where Family Leave is Not Questioned

Family leave is a hotly debated topic, and even moreso in recent months with statements made by prominent executive mothers. Creating and growing policies that work for more families and employers is critical and needs additional attention.

July 22, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Family Preservation @ the Indiana Women's Prison

Women's Fund has long supported the Family Preservation Program at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP) because we believe a woman is more likely to live a lawful life and not re-offend if she has the tools necessary to be a good mother. So what does this mean?

July 22, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Theodora House Helps Female Offenders

Can you imagine being in prison, close to being released, and having to figure out how to pick up the pieces and restart your life when you return home? I can't. As if the challenges around being in prison are not great enough, it is even more difficult to rejoin society as a productive citizen, free of the barriers and issues an offender had when entering the system.

July 20, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Indiana Women in Prison

The front page of today's Indianapolis Star tells a story we are, unfortunately, familiar with at Women's Fund. In the past eight years, the number of women incarcerated in Indiana has risen 61%.

July 6, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

UN Women Reflects Goals for Women Everywhere

I was intrigued to learn about the United Nation's vote on Friday to establish UN Women. The goals of this entity are to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. I'm truly excited about a new international platform to address issues impacting women, and I hope this effort is successful in accomplishing its goals.

June 25, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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".

June 8, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Caregiving... What I didn't know

Caregiving is more than an issue Women's Fund focuses on, it is an issue impacting all of us in one way or another. Many of us are responsible for the care of children, or are faced with elder care issues. The related statistics are striking. Following are some facts about caregiving, which we have uncovered in our research publication, Still on Shaky Ground 2006:

June 1, 2010 by Women's Fund

Hawthorne Community Center is the heart of its neighborhood

Contributed by Julie Rowlas, Community Volunteer. A few days ago I shared the experience of visiting Hawthorne Community Center with some friends and new acquaintances I’ve met through my volunteer activities with Women’s Fund. It was a beautiful day and the center was bustling with activity as it was assuming its role to be the neighborhood children’s cornerstone for the summer.

May 29, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Recognizing Older Women in Our Community

May is Older Americans month. Learn about the role older women play in caregiving and the reality of some older women's circumstances.

May 17, 2010 by Kelly Young

Sniffles and summer vacation mean extra planning for moms

Today I was struck by my good fortune of having a strong network – particularly in terms of quality daycare, a good family who helps with the kids and the ability to tap into the great community resources available for working moms. I’m currently facing two situations that are not uncommon to working moms – a sick kid and planning for summer care. Both raise the question of balancing work and family responsibilities.

May 12, 2010 by Women's Fund

Challenging what we know

Contributed by Raquel Richardson, Principal, Silver Square :: Marketing + Design. We know the sun will come up tomorrow. We know the leaves turn colors in the fall. We know the earth is round. We know the truth – until we don’t. Our world has a funny way of keeping us off balance and adding in those little idiosyncrasies that make us pause and take note, challenging what we know.

May 5, 2011 by Deanna Gonzales

Day Nursery Q & A with Marsh Hearn Lindsey

As we anxiously await the arrival of Development Officer, Abigail Coleman's baby we felt this would be a perfect time to repost this entry about Day Nursery and the invaluable services they provide to parents and children in our community.

April 19, 2011 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Perspective: Project Home Indy

OPTIONS Class 11 visited Project Home Indy on Tuesday, April 12. Class member Maggie Bowden shares her perspective on the visit.

March 30, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Caregiving Options Help Central Indiana Women

Women’s Fund puts philanthropic support to work through strategic investments focused on building and strengthening our community.

March 25, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Madeleine Albright: A Trailblazing Leader

Since March is Women's History Month, it is fitting to highlight a trailblazing woman in history, Madeleine Albright. Last night, Dr. Albright spoke at Butler University as part of the Celebration of Diversity distinguished lecture series, captivating the audience with a sincere, inspiring, witty, and thought-provoking presentation.

March 18, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society. It's only fitting to pay tribute, as we have through our blog recently, to women such as the WWII WASPs and female black civil rights workers, in honor of their tireless efforts to provide a foundation for women's success today.

March 15, 2017 by Women's Fund

Joy’s House has a passion for caring for our loved ones

Guest Blogger: Kristy Lombardo, OPTIONS Class 7

March 13, 2014 by Women's Fund

Tapping Into Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program

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 10, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Women and Girls in Central Indiana: Still on Shaky Ground

Still on Shaky Ground 2011 reveals, although progress has been made in areas of caregiving, domestic violence, and insufficient income, there is much progress yet to be made.

March 10, 2017 by Gerri Pagach

Concord Neighborbood Center Provides Invaluable Services to Indy's Southside

Women's Fund Grantee Site Visit: Concord Neighborhood Center

March 9, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Day Nursery: A Childcare Leader

Did you know: In central Indiana there are only 24 licensed childcare spots for every 100 children under the age of six whose caregivers work outside the home? Women's Fund has awarded $830,000 to address caregiving challenges in central Indiana, funding organizations like Day Nursery Association of Greater Indianapolis.

March 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Mom/Daughter Time with the Wannabes

How often do you and your mom or you and your daughter get together with the explicit purpose of laughing, poking fun at each other, and seriously discussing issues of which your dad, husband, or brother have absolutely no clue?

March 4, 2011 by Women's Fund

Strengthening Families through Indiana Women's Prison

Children whose parents have been incarcerated are seven times more likely to be re-incarcerated themselves. Women's Fund has provided support to programs focused on strengthening family ties at the Indiana Women's Prison since 1999.

March 4, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2014

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.

March 1, 2011 by Kelly Young

Babies Behind Bars on TLC

Babies Behind Bars is a two-part series that airs on TLC this week. The program highlights the Wee Ones Program and the work the Indiana Women's Prison is doing to help inmates bond with their babies. Interesting program; really interesting show to watch.

February 23, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Honoring Black Women in History

February marks Black History Month, a time dedicated to reflect on the contributions made by women, men, and children in black history.

February 20, 2013 by Julie Koegel

Insights Into Issues Facing Women & Girls

Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some valuable insight into issues facing women and girls.

February 10, 2011 by Women's Fund

Day Nursery Talks "W" - Winter Weather and Impact on Caregiving

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter “W” and Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, Indiana’s oldest child care provider. We visited with Day Nursery Chief Operating Officer Marsha Hearn Lindsey to talk about two words that begin with the letter “W”—winter and weather and how they affect the operation of the 112-year-old agency’s seven early childhood education centers.

February 5, 2013 by Women's Fund

In It for the Long Haul

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.

February 4, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2014

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 31, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2013

A monthly update on Women's Fund happenings from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.

January 26, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Childcare Wanted: My Personal Struggle

Finding quality childcare for my infant has proved more difficult than I ever understood, which is why I'm personally glad Women's Fund is tackling this important issue.

January 12, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Women Are on the Up and Up

What is in store for women in 2012? Many challenges are ahead. Will you join Women's Fund in making a difference?

January 6, 2011 by Kelly Young

New Year’s Resolutions for Women’s Fund?

Do nonprofits make resolutions? Does Women's Fund? One writer identifies four New Year's Resolutions all nonprofits should make in 2011. Find out what they are and how Women's Fund may relate to them.

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