<h1>Blog & News</h1>
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 10, 2009 by Kelly Young

Tis' the Season for Joy Not Pain

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).


December 7, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Making Noise about a Quiet Issue

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.


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 23, 2010 by Deanna Gamoian

Power of Girls is Inspiring and Transformational

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.


November 17, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Alumnae Reconnect

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.


November 10, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Lessons for a Lifetime

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...


November 2, 2009 by Kelly Young

Discovering

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 28, 2010 by Kelly Young

Turning Point Helps Women Turn Away from Abuse

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.


October 19, 2010 by Kelly Young

A Week Without Violence

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.


October 18, 2011 by Kelly Young

Film About Domestic Violence Inspires Audiences

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.


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 11, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Alumnae and Spouses Impacted by a Visit to The Julian Center

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.


October 10, 2013 by Women's Fund

Children's Museum Guild Visits Grantee

Melanie Fitzgerald shares her experience with The Children's Museum Guild and the fun of visiting Women's Fund grantees.


October 7, 2009 by Kelly Young

Friendships Made; Experiences Gained - Your OPTION

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.


October 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Visits Exodus Refugee Immigration

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.


September 30, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Shining a Light on a Quiet Issue

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.


September 28, 2009 by Kelly Young

Funding Cut; Women's Fund Refuses to See Women at Risk

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.


September 28, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Power of Girls Inspires Life-Long Lessons

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.


September 2, 2009 by Kelly Young

Go Girl!

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


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 7, 2011 by Women's Fund

Lack of Space in Shelters Creates Crisis for Women

Indianapolis Star: Lack of space in shelters creates crisis for women. Letter from Ann Murtlow and Jennifer Pope Baker about recent domestic violence crisis.


August 7, 2014 by Kelly Young

Everyday Woman Experiences Abuse Every Day

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 2, 2011 by Kelly Young

Victims of Abuse are in Danger if We Don’t Help

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.


July 30, 2011 by Women's Fund

Scary Refrain: We Can't Help You Now

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.


July 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Domestic Violence Surge Causes Shortage of Shelter Space

Indianapolis Star: rise in domestic violence causes shortage of emergency shelter space.


July 27, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

34 North Gives Victims New Direction

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.


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 17, 2014 by Women's Fund

Tully: Seeking ideas to help young women

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


July 15, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Kelsey. Is She NEXT?

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 6, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence: Educating Children

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?


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.


July 5, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Coburn Place is an Invaluable Safe Haven

Julie Koegel shares reflections after a recent site visit to Women's Fund Grantee Coburn Place.


July 1, 2010 by Kelly Young

Grantee Highlight: Prevail, Inc. Serves Victims of Abuse

Women's Fund provides support to Prevail, Inc. to help victims of domestic violence in Hamilton Co.


June 26, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Brenda. Is She NEXT?

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, 2010 by Women's Fund

Lawrence Taylor's failures reflect our own

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.


June 12, 2012 by Women's Fund

Sex Trafficking: Learning More with the OPTIONS Alumnae Book Club

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.


June 4, 2013 by Women's Fund

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.


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 30, 2014 by Kelly Young

Are These Horrible Headlines Real?

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


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 8, 2014 by Kelly Young

Bring Back Our Girls

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!


April 30, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2013

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 29, 2014 by Women's Fund

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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 26, 2012 by Kelly Young

Serious (and very scary) Stats Shared During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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 23, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Too Many Children are Victims

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In this blog post, Abigail explores the issue and asks the question: will you help?


April 21, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

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 21, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Take Action in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn about who is impacted by sexual assault and how you can help.


April 19, 2010 by Women's Fund

Teach them that violence has no place in good relationship

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.


April 12, 2010 by Kelly Young

New Law Designed to Prevent Teen Violence

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.


April 10, 2012 by Kelly Young

Internet Safety Concerns for Girls (and Women)

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.


April 10, 2014 by Julie Koegel

Ending Domestic Violence

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


April 6, 2010 by Kelly Young

Inspired By a Victim of Child Abuse

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.


March 24, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 2 of 2

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.


March 22, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 1 of 2

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.


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 5, 2013 by Women's Fund

Coburn Place Safe Haven: a Safe Home and a New Start

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.


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.


February 28, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Startling Domestic Violence Stats and the Work Being Done to Support Victims

By: Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana


February 11, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Raising Awareness for Issues We Care About

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.


February 9, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Healthy Relationships: Among Many Ways to be Healthy

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.


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.


February 2, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - A Monthly Update

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.


February 1, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Prevail Provides Jarring Insight into World of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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.


January 22, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Are We Standing Up to Violence?

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.


January 17, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Human Trafficking is Unfortunately Here

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.


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.