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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 28, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Faces Benefitting from Your Support

View a short video featuring women and girls in central Indiana who have overcome barriers and are achieving success, thanks to your interest and support.


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 18, 2014 by Kelly Young

Gifts to Empower Girls This Holiday Season

Santa may be bringing a few girl-empowering gifts to our house this year. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.


December 11, 2014 by Kelly Young

Inspired by a Survivor's Story

A survivor shares her story of sexual abuse in hopes of inspiring others to speak up, while also sharing an important message to young girls and mothers.


December 8, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

"Working it Out" with Girls Inc.

When I had an opportunity to volunteer for Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis, I was immediately interested. Through their recent expansion of outreach-based programming, volunteers and staff are reaching more girls through program delivery in community centers and schools.


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, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Power of Girls inspires teenage girls and their mentors

Power of Girls is a day-long session that educates and inspires teenage girls, their mothers and mentors, and encourages children and families healing from domestic violence.


November 18, 2015 by Kelly Young

Meet Mitzi: A Women's Fund Woman

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 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 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 3, 2011 by Women's Fund

Body Image Influenced by Families

Jen Van Dame, AmeriCorps VISTA Public Affairs Specialist, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, shares how parents can communicate with girls about the impact of media on their body image.


November 1, 2011 by Women's Fund

It’s the 21st century – how much longer will this take?

Deborah Hearn Smith, CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, shares her perspective on how objectification of women and girls has–and has not–changed during her lifetime and encourages us to take action.


October 31, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - October 2013

A monthly update on October happenings at Women's Fund - and a look ahead at where you will find Women's Fund in November.


October 30, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Suri: 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 Suri.


October 28, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Wendy Yerkes Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement earlier this 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 Wendy Yerkes shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


October 25, 2009 by Small Box Admin

Power of Girls: A Life Changing Experience


October 25, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Smashing Tennis Star and Champion for Equality to Visit Indianapolis

Billie Jean King, legendary tennis star and champion for women and girls, both on and off the court, is visiting Indianapolis December 10, 2012. Will you be there?


October 24, 2013 by Women's Fund

Kim, Teen Parent, Moves Toward Self-Sufficiency with Support from Project Home Indy

Kim is a 17-year-old teen parent working toward self-sufficiency with needed support from Project Home Indy. Learn more about Kim's story, her struggles, and how Project Home Indy has been able to help her overcome some of the barriers she has faced as a young parent. Part two of a two-part series on teen parents.


October 23, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Indiana Fever Champions Inspire Girls to Imagine Possibilities

Indiana Fever earn a WNBA title and inspire girls, and countless others in the community, in the process.


October 22, 2013 by Women's Fund

Edith Lopez, Young Parent, Learns the Ropes with Support from Future Promises

As a teen parent, Edith Lopez needed support. Future Promises, a program of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, was able to provide needed educational and emotional support as Edith became a parent, in addition to high school student. Part one of a two-part series on teen parents.


October 18, 2012 by Jennifer Pletcher

Lessons Learned from Young Pakistani Advocate

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares her thoughts and lessons learned from an outspoken Pakistani girl.


October 17, 2013 by Women's Fund

Generational Philanthropy

Angela E. White, CFRE, explores the topic of how parents can instill the spirit of philanthropy in their children.


October 15, 2015 by Women's Fund

Lessons Learned from a Parenting Teen

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 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 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 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 25, 2012 by Women's Fund

Planned Parenthood: There When I Needed Them

Read a post by Jen Rawe, OPTIONS Class 12 member and AdvoCare Independent Distributor, on a recent OPTIONS site visit to the Midtown Center of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. Jen shares her personal perspective and some things you may not know about Planned Parenthood - including education and adoption services.


September 23, 2014 by Kelly Young

Geena Davis. NEXT. Clinton Global Initiative. And More!

Tickets are still available for the Oct. 2 Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy event. Find out what excites one of our bloggers about the upcoming event.


September 21, 2010 by Kelly Young

Project Home Indy

Project Home Indy, a Women's Fund grantee, aims to provide a nurturing residential environment for homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting gain self-sufficiency. Statistics from Still on Shaky Ground highlight the critical need for this organization.


September 18, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Alexis: 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 Alexis.


September 9, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

More Than Fun and Games

I was lucky enough to have opportunities like Girl Scouts and great programs at school to get involved in... so many good opportunities, it was sometimes hard to choose. I never imagined that these choices and opportunities did not exist for other girls.


September 10, 2013 by Kelly Young

Lessons Learned While Lacing Up for My First 5K with My Daughter

A blogger, OPTIONS Alumnae and mother of two shares lessons learned while lacing up and training for her first 5k with her daughter.


September 9, 2014 by Kelly Young

Be a Girl!

Inspired by the #LikeAGirl video and several young athletes one mom is working hard to encourage her daughter to "Be a Girl" - and much more.


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


September 2, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Is it "just" a t-shirt?

A recent t-shirt for girls was pulled from a major department store chain after the public reacted. What does this say about our culture, why does it matter, and what can we do to affect change?


August 29, 2013 by Women's Fund

Camp Dellwood is Educational and Fun

Shelli McDonald, OPTIONS Alumnae member, Class 10, shares her take on a recent trip to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana's Camp Dellwood. She learned that Dellwood offers much more than camping experiences for girls. Find out more...


August 25, 2009 by Women's Fund

Mentors and the Green Sash

Contributed by Lynda Goeke, Community Volunteer. When I think of the experiences in my life that have made the person I am, there are many that come to mind, but one that stands out is my Girl Scout experience.


August 22, 2014 by Women's Fund

An Emotional and Powerful Visit with Young Parenting and Pregnant Teens

During a recent site visit to Health and Hospital Corp., women from Women's Fund met pregnant and parenting teens and learned how one program is helping young mothers. Lily Pai, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, shares her experience in this blog.


August 19, 2014 by Jennifer Pletcher

Meet Yulissa. 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 Yulissa.


August 13, 2013 by Women's Fund

Forest Manor Multi-Service Center is a Hub for Indianapolis' East Side

F. Brooke Dunn, OPTIONS Alumnae - Class 12 and Revenue Manager, Gene B. Glick Company, reflects on a recent visit to Forest Manor Multi-Service Center - Women's Fund grantee and host to a GO Ahead & Play piano.


August 12, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Tuti Scott Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement 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 Tuti Scott shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


August 11, 2010 by Women's Fund

Concerns About Early Puberty

By: Emily Frank, MD - OPTIONS Alumnae member This week the news outlets all carried the same scary story: young girls are beginning puberty at an alarmingly young age. Early puberty is defined as the development of sexual characteristics before age 7 in girls. An article published in the journal Pediatrics this week reports on a large study of nearly 1200 young females from across the nation.


August 9, 2012 by Kelly Young

Women and the Olympics

The girl power in these Olympic Games is extremely exciting, inspiring and captivating. I did some searching and am sharing some fun facts about women and the Olympics.


August 7, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Women Dive, Paddle, Sprint and Kick to New Levels at 2012 Olympics

The Olympics are not only fun to watch, they have great significance for participating athletes - and those aspiring to participate. And through the Olympics, women receive more attention than ever on network television. How would increased coverage of women's sports change our daily viewing habits beyond the Olympics - and serve as an inspiration for young girls?


August 5, 2009 by Women's Fund

A Delightful Experience

Contributed by Shelley Raper. As an alumnus of OPTIONS Class Eight, I had the opportunity to attend a Girls Inc. Do's and Taboo's Class- Etiquette Tea Class last Wednesday, July 29, to see a program funded by the members of the OPTIONS Class Eight.


August 3, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Celebrating 40 Years

Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. As a long-standing Women's Fund grantee, we are proud to support their work to help girls become strong, smart, and bold.


August 4, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Giving Girls the Best

Girls Inc. of Franklin/ Johnson County has secured the highest Quality Assurance rating from Girls Inc. nationally - demonstrating how girls in Johnson County are getting the best!


July 31, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Jennifer Dzwonar Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement 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 Jennifer Young Dzwonar shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


July 29, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Women Making Herstory

Yesterday I was delighted to attend the Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Touchstone Awards, themed "Making Herstory". There are many positive elements of this event and an important one, in my view, is recognizing female leaders making a mark on central Indiana. Four women were honored with Touchstone Awards, which highlight and recognize their achievements and significance as leaders. Past honorees include current Women's Fund board chair, Ann Murtlow, Immediate Past Chair, Julie Davis, and a host of other women who have provided leadership to Women's Fund and our community.


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 8, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Going Gaga for Beauty

Do you ever have the experience where something bothers you and you simply cannot shake it? Thanks in part to Lady Gaga, I had this experience as I read a recent New York Times article and learned about the newest Gaga-inspired trend for teenage girls and young women, "circle lenses." Circle lenses are essentially larger-than-normal contacts which give the wearer a doe-eyed look through seemingly enlarged pupils.


July 3, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Title IX Game Wraps Fun and Learning Together for Girls

Photos and highlights from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis program participants leading to the Title IX celebration and game on June 21.


July 1, 2015 by Kelly Young

I Caught the Spirit of Aloha

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


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 24, 2015 by Women's Fund

How Cookies and Camp Can Change Lives

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 19, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part II

In Part II of this two-part series, Maryjane asks (and answers) some questions about women and alcohol that came up during the OA Book Club event.


June 18, 2013 by Kelly Young

Girls Can Be CEOs, Astronauts and Moms

NASA just announced their latest selection of astronauts and four of the eight are women. I'm so glad their graduating commencement speaker didn't tell them not to be a CEO. Find out who said that, the conversations it has sparked and why this blogger believe girls can be CEOs, astronauts and moms.


June 17, 2010 by Women's Fund

Summer Camp Participants Empowered through Leadership and Learning

Contributed by Quiana Graham, Director, Youth & Family Programs, Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Every year March is designated as Women's Empowerment Month. During that month, we see public service announcements honoring great women such as Amelia Earhart, Madame C J Walker, Betsy Ross and other women who have helped to make this country great! As a person active in the non-profit community, I work first hand with the National Girls Inc. office, which is located in downtown Indianapolis. I have read numerous scholarships of Girls Inc. graduates from throughout the country who seek financial assistance from the organization to continue their educational endeavors.


June 15, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Education is Key to Violence Prevention

I was taken aback when reading the New York Times column posted on the Women's Fund Facebook page last week. The article highlighted a group of 14- and 15-year-old boys' "draft" of girls in their Maryland community. I won't go into the details, but you can read the column by clicking here. What may be viewed by some as innocent adolescent behavior may also foreshadow long-term issues with respect for women, which can lead to dating violence and domestic abuse.


June 14, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration

Celebration of Title IX on June 23 will mark 40 years of advancement for women and girls. Women's Fund is excited to be part of festivities with Indiana Fever before and during their game on Thursday, June 21.


June 7, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Encouraging Healthy Bodies and Minds

Have you checked in on the state of your body and mind recently? Learn about some initiatives to help women and girls feel good about themselves, inside and out!


June 5, 2014 by Women's Fund

Film Reflects Real Stories of Homeless, Pregnant Teens

Perspectives Alumnae screened the film Gimme Shelter and then heard real-life stories from pregnant teens from Project Home Indy. Cynthia Rallis shares her perspectives from last month's Perspectives event.


June 2, 2011 by Deanna Gonzales

Title IX Protection Doesn't Just Apply to Sports

Title IX is a U.S law best known in the world of high school and college athletics. It was originally instituted to ensure gender equity in education. When I played sports in high school it meant that girls had equal rights to education and athletic opportunities as the boys. In fact, my freshman year, there was a girl on our varsity football team – and she actually played! What I think is often overlooked is that Title IX is not just about sports.


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 26, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Redefining Beauty - Outcomes Beyond Measure

Tuesday I shared about the "Redefining Beauty" Girls Inc. program, which I recently facilitated at a local elementary school. The girls participating in the program came from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. I could not say that conflict did not happen (after all, I was working with 9 to 11 year-old girls)! However, the positive outcomes of the program were phenomenal.


May 24, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Redefining Beauty

I really enjoy helping people through volunteering. When I had the opportunity to lead Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis programs through Junior League, I jumped on it. Not only do I enjoy mentoring children - especially girls, but this was a perfect connection to our mission at Women's Fund.


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 13, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Debby Knox Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce the new initiative called "NEXT" and to begin creating a connection, 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 Debby Knox shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


May 13, 2015 by Women's Fund

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

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 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, 2010 by Kelly Young

Shouldn't girls "just wanna have fun" - not worry about losing weight?

Women's Fund recently posted on an article on Facebook about elementary school girls trying to lose weight. Although the report was from 2003, the fact that 40% of 1-5th grade girls at the time wanted to lose weight is alarming.


May 1, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2014

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From grantee special events to a national conference in Chicago, a search for visionary leaders and fellows, to the introduction of Ebony, April was adventurous and a lot of fun for Women's Fund.


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 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.


April 15, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Emily Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce the new initiative called "NEXT" and to begin creating a connection, 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 Dr. Emily Walvoord shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


April 14, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Shaping the Next Generation

We often talk about the next generation—the problems and the opportunities. So much of our society's focus is on nurturing youth, and yet, in some ways, it is about destructing them. Mixed messages abound for young girls and teenagers.


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 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.


April 2, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - March 2013

From visits to Dress for Success Indianapolis and La Plaza to discussions about feminism and GO Ahead & Play activity, March was an action-packed month for Women's Fund.


April 1, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Remembering Female Athletes During March Madness

When considering all of the attention the men's tournament receives, the women's tournament seems overshadowed. There certainly has been coverage of women's games, but it does not seem to be to the extent of the men's games. The Olympics is one forum where male and female athletes have equal coverage, but more attention should be drawn to the efforts of all female athletes.


March 29, 2012 by Kelly Young

Quotable Quotes

As we come to the close of Women's History Month, enjoy some quotable quotes inspired by women who made - and are making - history.


March 28, 2013 by Women's Fund

Knowledge is Power: La Plaza Students Open Doors to Possibilities

Jennifer Hutchinson, La Plaza Mother-Daughter Program Coordinator, writes a personal insight into the positive progress and growth of middle school girls participating in programs she facilitates.


March 26, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

La Plaza: An Important Link for the Latino Community

A visit to La Plaza shows the vital role the organization plays for the entire Latino community in the Indianapolis-area, and also the opportunities it provides through programs like the Mother-Daughter Program, serving middle school-aged girls and their mothers.


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 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Tully: New effort poised to help young women

Matthew Tully, with The Indianapolis Star, provides a preview of NEXT in his most recent column.


March 25, 2015 by Women's Fund

The Power of Words

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 16, 2010 by Kelly Young

Cookies, Badges and Beyond: Women's Fund and Girl Scouts

I’m fascinated by Girl Scout cookie time – fascinated by the dedication of the Troops selling them each weekend throughout the city; I’m fascinated by the mom’s helping to sell their daughter’s cookies; but mostly I’m fascinated by the lessons learned by Girl Scout cookie time. And wouldn’t you just know that as I was talking about Girl Scout cookies with Women’s Fund I learned something new about the organization… they helped create a Girl Scout Badge.


March 13, 2012 by Women's Fund

Girl Power

Several members of OPTIONS, Women's Fund staff and Advisory Board members visited Girls Inc. and participated in a program about bullying and aggression. Read what one participant learned. - Written by Jennifer Berry, OPTIONS 12 Class Member


March 11, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Emily Would Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

In 2014, Women's Fund will make a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce this and begin to create a connection, 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 Emily Groves shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


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 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 1, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February Update

Welcome to our 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 19, 2014 by Women's Fund

GO Girls Contribute as a Voice of Change

A group of GO girls recently talked about the portrayal of women in media, gender representation, and how they can each contribute as a voice of change for their generation. Read what one high school junior had to say.


February 17, 2015 by Women's Fund

Proud to be a GO Student!

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 11, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Melissa Would Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

In 2014, Women's Fund will make a bold announcement regarding funding for emerging adult women, ages 18-24. As a way to introduce this and begin to create a connection, 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 Melissa Proffitt Reese shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


February 8, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

The Girl Effect

Invest in a girl. Your investment will pay off. The case has been made increasingly clear that not only locally, but internationally, investment in the future of a girl has profound ripple effects on a community and ultimately the world.


February 4, 2010 by Kelly Young

Reporting on Girls, Inc. From the Streets of Franklin

I participated in a video project for Women’s Fund this week and although I was skeptical about my ability to be a “woman on the street reporter”, I had fun and learned a lot about the organization I was assigned.


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 24, 2012 by Kelly Young

Mom, I'm Fat

"Mom, I'm Fat!" Sadly, it's a comment many mom's may hear. In fact, it's an issue I'm facing right now with my 9-year-old. I truly enjoyed reading how this mom responded when faced with the question. It inspired me and made me think differently about being open, honest and silly with my daughter. I hope it inspires others.


January 24, 2013 by Women's Fund

Volunteer to Make a Difference: Mentor at IPS

Mentoring is an important way to build a child's confidence and success. Read for a special opportunity to volunteer as a mentor for girls at an IPS school!


January 14, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Welcome New Advisory Board Members

Women's Fund is grateful for the service of a team of community leaders who guide our work to improve the lives of women and girls in central Indiana—our Advisory Board. Thanks to 2008 - 2009 chair, Julie Davis, for her outstanding service to Women's Fund in this role. We would also like to welcome new leadership to our Advisory Board.


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 4, 2011 by Women's Fund

Future Promises Helps Pregnant and Parenting Teens Build Promising Futures

By: Heather Hafer, Public Relations Coordinator, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Future Promises is a school/community-based program that offers education and support to pregnant and parenting teens to help them build their own promising future.


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