Family Service is changing it's name - to Families First. Their services to provide affordable, professional support services to central Indiana families.
I recently read an article about the increased rate of domestic violence during the holidays, which really breaks my heart. The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun with family and friends, not a time for living in fear of violence. “Holiday stress” is no excuse for abuse (nothing is).
At Women's Fund we often say domestic violence is a "quiet" issue, not talked about out loud. While the tide has turned somewhat on this, it’s still an issue many of us don’t talk about – or think affects us. While working for Women’s Fund for the past two years, there have been "aha" moments where I learn more about this issue I hadn't come to know until more recently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tenth Power of Girls program event inspired all involved through hands-on opportunities to learn about healthy relationships, help address domestic violence through philanthropy, and more. Read 5-year staff member Deanna Gamoian's take on her first experience with the event.
As the ninth class of OPTIONS concludes and we head into the tenth anniversary year for this philanthropy education program, this was a fitting way to celebrate this year and launch into the next.
What did participants learn at Power of Girls? How were they impacted? So many of the "take aways" from this program go well beyond the day of the event...
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.
When one in three American women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, domestic violence is clearly is an issue that touches all of our lives in some way.
YWCA has deemed this week as the Week Without Violence - an opportunity to shine a light on the critical need to end violence against women. Find out what's being done locally to raise awareness of this critical issue - and learn what Women's Fund is doing through one of its core issues: Domestic Violence.
The film, Crime After Crime, is an incredibly moving story about an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. The director hopes to spark a national conversation about women who are victims of abuse and wrongful imprisonment. The must-see film is screening at Heartland Film Festival this week.
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.
Caroline Gleason Dutkanych, Vice President of Development at Joy's House and OPTIONS Alumna, shares about her recent visit to The Julian Center with fellow OPTIONS Alumnae and their spouses.
Melanie Fitzgerald shares her experience with The Children's Museum Guild and the fun of visiting Women's Fund grantees.
Recruiting for OPTIONS Class 10 already? It doesn’t seem that long ago that I participated - eight years goes by quickly. Back then I was eager to learn; eager to make a difference. I wanted to participate in every leadership and community program offered. OPTIONS was one of several – and the one that had the greatest impact on me.
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."
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.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thanks to initiatives like Shattering the Silence, led by Angela Caine at WTHR Channel 13, domestic violence is more openly discussed in our community. As one of our primary funding areas, Women's Fund welcomes opportunities to shine a light on domestic violence and its impact on our community.
This week I learned from Women's Fund that they are involved in trying to save a critical program in our community. Women's Fund stepped in after the Julian Center learned the Department of Justice is cutting funding for "The Grants to Encourage Arrests" program – a program credited with having a significant impact on saving lives and keeping women safe.
Power of Girls is an amazing program providing a unique opportunity for girls age 13 to 16 and a special woman in their life to learn lessons that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. When I found out about Power of Girls and heard the reactions of participants, I wished something like this was offered when I was a teenager... and I'm sure to tell anyone I know who could benefit from this program today.
Guest Blogger: Emily Hervey, Engagement and Projects Director, IndyStar/USA TODAY Network
Driving home from a meeting with Women’s Fund, I found myself comparing them to an event I participated in over the weekend. On Saturday, I was one of 500 women who participated in the Go Girl Triathlon, an event benefiting the Julian Center
Women's Equality Day was August 26. What progress have women made, and what challenges must we continue to address?
Indianapolis Star: Lack of space in shelters creates crisis for women. Letter from Ann Murtlow and Jennifer Pope Baker about recent domestic violence crisis.
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.
Victims of domestic violence are in desperate need of help. A shortage of shelter space may cause women and children to be placed in a dangerous situation. There are simple things we can do to help make a difference - and possibly save a life.
Indianapolis Star: Scary refrain: we can't help you right now - demand forces some women's shelters to start waiting lists; Women's Fund provides $10,000 to help.
Indianapolis Star: rise in domestic violence causes shortage of emergency shelter space.
34 North: the name sounded like a trendy restaurant or condo complex when I first heard it. It's actually the name of a new apartment complex on Meridian Street, a transitional housing facility for The Julian Center. This facility provides a safe and supportive housing community for domestic violence victims as they re-establish themselves and is an affordable housing option for community members.
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.
Matthew Tully features Women's Fund and NEXT in his latest column.
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.
The domestic violence statistics continue to be staggering. The only thing new to me lately is the attention the most recent violence has received in the media. Unfortunately, domestic violence occurs every day all across this city; families of every socio-economic background experience violence in their homes. Why?
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.
Julie Koegel shares reflections after a recent site visit to Women's Fund Grantee Coburn Place.
Women's Fund provides support to Prevail, Inc. to help victims of domestic violence in Hamilton Co.
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.
Contributed by Women's Funding Network Hall of Fame linebacker and Dancing With the Stars personality, Lawrence Taylor, may face up to four years in jail. Taylor is accused of third degree rape after having paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl in May. His next court appearance was scheduled today, June 24.
Lindsey Rabinowitch shares her perspective on the OPTIONS Alumnae book club discussion about the book, Renting Lacy, and sex trafficking guided by Mary Jo Lee of Alternatives Inc.
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.
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.
These horrible headlines are chilling and unreal - yet real! So where is the bubble I can put my daughter in to protect her?
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.
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!
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.
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 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. After reading some alarming statistics, I think it should be an issue we pay close attention to year-round in order to better protect young girls.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In this blog post, Abigail explores the issue and asks the question: will you help?
April 18-24 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time focused on recognizing the rights of crime victims and raising awareness on ways to help victims.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn about who is impacted by sexual assault and how you can help.
A Letter to the Editor regarding Heather's Law, as published in The Indianapolis Star. As an advocate in the effort to prevent teen violence and keep our community's children safe, I was pleased to learn that earlier this week Governor Mitch Daniels signed “Heather’s Law” – a bill enabling schools to address dating violence through education programs and policies for students in 6 through 12 grade.
Over the years, Central Indiana has experienced an increase in teen girls who are in more violent relationships. In 2005, 13.5% of Indiana high school girls reported they had experienced dating violence (had been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend) in the last 12 months. This translates to approximately 5,000 Indianapolis area girls, ages 15-18, who experienced dating violence in one year alone.
Recent news about the use of internet has me worried for myself, my daughter and my friends. I have a few ideas to help, but welcome more.
Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some startling stats and what one Women's Fund grantee is doing to end domestic violence.
Last week I attended a kick-off event for Child Abuse Prevention Month, hosted in partnership by Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and The Villages. Throughout the event, child advocates spoke about the importance of child abuse prevention and the devastating cycle of domestic violence. Statistics shared were stark. Each year, more than 20,000 Hoosier children are abused and neglected – that equates to 56 children being harmed every day and one child each week losing his or her young life to child abuse.
Tuesday, March 15, OPTIONS Class 11 visited The Julian Center. This is part two of a a two-part series, March 22 and 24. Three class members—Emi Osterhaus, Brooke Smith, and Carla Feagans—share their perspective on the visit.
Tuesday, March 15, OPTIONS Class 11 visited The Julian Center. This is part one of a a two-part series, March 22 and 24. Three class members—Emi Osterhaus, Brooke Smith, and Carla Feagans—share their perspective on the visit.
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.
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 from Women's Fund. February may be the shortest month of the year, but we aren't short on great information to share.
By: Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana
For those not familiar with 2-1-1, think of it as 9-1-1 for social service needs. It is a national dialing code, accessible in many areas nationwide. 2-1-1 Connect2Help locally fields calls for individuals in central Indiana needing direct assistance in areas of health and human service, helping provide information and assistance around food, utilities, shelter, counseling, and finding safety from violent situations.
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.
Recently we posted a question to our Women's Fund Facebook fans: "What makes you feel fit and healthy?" It was awesome to see the diverse responses of many of our fans.
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.
Welcome to our first monthly update: Women. Girls. Central Indiana., featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana. I hope you feel better connected to the work of Women's Fund by learning about the incredible impact we are making together for women and girls in our community.
Learn about Women's Fund's recent visit to Prevail, Inc., which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hamilton and surrounding counties.
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.
Human trafficking is here – you may not see it, but it is happening in our community. Women's Fund is one of several organizations working to raise awareness and prevention of the issue.
What is in store for women in 2012? Many challenges are ahead. Will you join Women's Fund in making a difference?
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.