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December 31, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Celebrating and Reflecting

On the eve of the new year, it is timely for me to take a moment to reflect on the past year at Women's Fund and to share my vision for the next.


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 29, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

December Greetings + Women. Girls. Central Indiana.

Highlights from a great year at Women's Fund and a video clip from The Power of Women's Philanthropy, plus Women's Fund updates you need to know.


December 27, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Top WF News 2011: Part 1 of 2

Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? Read for more!


December 4, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - November 2012

Here's a look back at the month of November for Women's Fund - everything from grants announcement to OPTIONS celebrations and more.


December 3, 2013 by Kelly Young

Giving on #GivingTuesday

On #GivingTuesday, Kelly Young, OPTIONS alum, is reminded of her "giving plan" and shares how she feels better prepared to give.


November 25, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Being Thankful

It's approaching the end of the work day before Thanksgiving. With tomorrow being a day to give thanks, I have paused to reflect on some things I am thankful for - big and small - in my role at Women's Fund.


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 14, 2012 by Women's Fund

Piano Donations Needed for GO Ahead & Play Project

Due to popular response, piano donations are no longer being accepted for GO Ahead & Play, a project led by middle and high school GO: Give Back students.


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, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - October 2014

A monthly update from Women's Fund. From Geena Davis and the Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy to New York and the Clinton Global Initiative; new videos (including one featuring the Indianapolis Colts) and NEXT - find out what the past month held for Women's Fund.


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 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 21, 2014 by Women's Fund

Dispelling the Myth That Hunger is Just an Issue for Indy's Homeless

Recently GO participants dug a little deeper into the issue of homelessness by examining food insecurity as part of a larger challenge for those living in poverty. One youth shares her perspective on the issue.


October 7, 2014 by Women's Fund

A Snapshot of The Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy Event

Last week, Women's Fund hosted The Power of Women’s Fund Philanthropy, featuring Academy Award winner Geena Davis. Here's a "snapshot" of the event.


October 2, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - September 2012

A monthly update on September happenings at Women's Fund.


September 30, 2010 by Women's Fund

GO Participants Explore The Power of Half through Grantmaking

Read a Q&A with Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, about the GO Fall Educational Sessions and the grantmaking process in which GO participants engaged.


September 20, 2012 by Jennifer Pletcher

GO Ahead & Play: Youth are key in this community project of great proportion!

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, talks with three GO participants about their year-long philanthropy project.


September 18, 2012 by Jennifer Pletcher

Young GO: Give Back Participants Learn About Our Community!

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, explores the idea of community with GO participants and shares some ideas for your young philanthropist.


September 14, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Are You Hungry?

This past Saturday our GO: Give Back participants gathered for their GO educational sessions and in age-appropriate and gender divided groups, we discussed Food: Enough to Spare? Enough to Share? It was a challenging topic for children to think about people in our country and community who don't have enough to eat. The children were open, receptive, and left the session with a greater appreciation for food, nutrition, and hunger.


September 15, 2011 by Women's Fund

GO Participants Learn the Recipe for Friendship

Read a Q&A from Jennifer Pletcher, as she shares how GO participants learned the "recipe" for friendship. Read Jennifer's suggestions on how you can introduce lessons of friendship at home.


September 12, 2013 by Jennifer Pletcher

Celebrating the GO Ahead & Play Spirit!

GO: Give Back students have a lot to celebrate, after leading the GO Ahead & Play project. Jennifer Pletcher highlights the older students' celebration and reflection on the project and gives insight into the younger students' educational session during GO sessions last weekend.


August 10, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Planning For Impact

What do all of the following entities have in common? * Indianapolis Colts * Indianapolis Woman magazine * Indianapolis Airport Air Traffic Control Planning. All of these have a plan - a detailed plan - to accomplish great success.


July 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2012

A monthly update on July happenings at Women's Fund.


May 23, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

How Many People Does it Take to Create Art?

People age 3-73 joined GO: Give Back students to transform a piano for GO Ahead & Play at the Broad Ripple Art Fair last weekend... Which begs the question - how many people does it take to create art?


May 16, 2013 by Women's Fund

Ladies and Gentlemen... Start Your Glue Guns!

1st-5th grade GO: Give Back students use their creativity to begin transforming a piano into a "Hidden Objects" seek and find. See a sneak peak of their work from last weekend and read the students' reactions.


May 10, 2010 by Kelly Young

Challenged to make a difference by a group of kids

Give a few kids a video camera and see how they can inspire others. That's just what Women's Fund of Central Indiana did during their GO Family Philanthropy Day. Their creativity, passion and honesty are heartwarming, touching and motivating.


May 9, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

A Steady Pace...

Read how GO Ahead & Play artists may have something in common with last week's Mini Marathon participants, and get to know artists Pam Fraizer and Cheryl Lorance.


May 3, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

GO Family Philanthropy Day: The Power of Half

Last Saturday, about 60 people, including 16 families, gathered for 2010 GO Family Philanthropy Day at the Indianapolis Art Center. This event provided a meaningful and enriching philanthropy education experience to parents whose children are involved in GO: Give Back.


May 2, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

Introducing Angelina Fielding and Nancy Peterson, GO Ahead & Play Artists

Kristen Merritt, Women's Fund Workshop Manager for the GO Ahead & Play project, introduces two piano artists, Angelina Fielding and Nancy Peterson, and their unique inspiration.


April 19, 2012 by Women's Fund

Amelia, 9th Grade GO Participant, Interviews J.A. Lacy

Amelia, 9th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews J.A. Lacy, Emeritus Board member and President and COO of LDI Ltd.


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.


March 19, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Freeze Frame: March Photos of the Month!

A few favorite photos of the month, from GO students live on the set to OPTIONS participants in a group, from a strong and successful businesswoman to a bit of inspiration.


March 18, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Cory and Susie

Each month we feature the women and men who are involved with Women's Fund. This month, we introduce you to Cory Martinson and Susie Howard: sisters, best friends and philanthropists who share a family history with Women's Fund.


March 6, 2012 by Women's Fund

Hannah, 8th Grade GO Participant, Interviews Martha Lamkin

Hannah, 8th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews Martha Lamkin, Emeritus Board member and founding mother of Women's Fund.


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, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2013

A monthly update on happenings from Women's Fund: grants guidelines now available, Vice Chair Elaine Bedel receives distinguished award, GO Ahead & Play full steam ahead with many great sponsors and developments, and congratulations to Ann Murtlow, newly-named CEO of United Way of Central Indiana.


February 26, 2013 by Jennifer Pletcher

GO Kids Give, Receive and Play

Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares some insight into GO and GO Ahead & Play.


February 23, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Celebrating Donors and Their impact

Last night Women's Fund held an event to thank donors to the Endowment Campaign. An impressive crowd of 200 people gathered at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral to celebrate the impact their support has made to women and girls in central Indiana.


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 14, 2012 by Jennifer Pletcher

Young GO participants talk money

Have you ever wondered what kids ages 6 - 13 are thinking about money? Their questions and comments may surprise you.


February 13, 2014 by Jennifer Pletcher

Sharing Some Love

GO: Give Back students created Valentine's Day cards for The Julian Center while learning about - and talking about empathy, compassion and sharing love.


February 12, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Freeze Frame: Photos of the Month!

See a some great photos of Women's Fund activity, and inspiration, over the past month.


February 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play: Call for Artists

Women's Fund of Central Indiana is seeking artists to decorate pianos for a student-led public art project, GO Ahead & Play. Applications are due by February 28, 2013, at 12 p.m.


February 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Announces Invitation to Artists to Help Bring Pop-Up Pianos to Life

Women’s Fund Announces Invitation to Artists to Help Bring Pop-Up Pianos to Life as Part of its Student-Led GO Ahead & Play Project.


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 13, 2011 by Women's Fund

GO Participants Dive Into the World of Microfinance

Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, shares highlights and lessons learned at this month's GO Educational Sessions, including a hands-on opportunity for participants to dive into small business loans.


January 9, 2013 by Kelly Young

New Year! New Blogs!

The New Year offers exciting new opportunities - including some new ideas for the Women's Fund blog. Find out what we have in store for this space - and share your ideas too.