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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 30, 2010 by Women's Fund

Reflecting on 2010 and Looking Ahead

By: Ann D. Murtlow, Advisory Board Chair, Women's Fund; President & CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Company. Sharing highlights from 2010 and how your support has played a role in Women's Fund success.


December 29, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Resolving to Make a Difference

It is almost 2010, so I am reflecting on what I was doing ten years ago, as the world anticipated what might come with Y2K. That same year, Women's Fund celebrated our first year of grantmaking. Ten years later, we have granted a total of over $3.2 million to 89 central Indiana organizations.


December 29, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Top WF News 2011: Part 2 of 2

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


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 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 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 26, 2012 by Women's Fund

Donor Spotlight: Meet Jen Jansen

Meet Jen Jansen: passionate supporter of Women's Fund, family-oriented philanthropist and helper to those in need in central Indiana and beyond.


December 26, 2013 by Women's Fund

Greatest Joys: Women’s Fund Grantees Share their Inspiration

Women's Fund grantee organizations were asked about their greatest joys in their work. Find out what motivates them to provide incredible service to women and girls day in and day out.


December 23, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Helpful Approaches to Giving

There are many ways to give to our favorite nonprofit organizations. These are some ways you may not have considered which could allow you to maximize the impact of your giving.


December 23, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Partner Spotlight: WellPoint

WellPoint has supported Women's Fund since 2011, contributing $5,000.


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 21, 2012 by Women's Fund

There's Still Time to Contribute

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, shares year-end opportunities to claim charitable deductions that can benefit Women's Fund. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice Chair.


December 19, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Jody DeFord

Meet Jody DeFord - OPTIONS alum, active Women's Fund volunteer, party planner, fashion blogger, and corporate counselor. Article written by Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumnae member.


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 17, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

Include Emergencies in Your Giving Plan

If you contribute to any non-profit organization on a regular basis, you may receive frequent communication regarding financial crises that arise. Sometimes I know that I feel like charities may be crying wolf too often. And sometimes I wonder to myself why these organizations haven’t planned for the unexpected, and that maybe they are just preying on my human reaction to want to help fix an emergent problem.


December 16, 2010 by Kelly Young

Women Who Flee Find Refuge in Indianapolis

For the past 28 years, Exodus Refugee Immigration has welcomed the brave women, men and children who have escaped tragic situations and found a new home in our community. Women's Fund granted them $15,000 this year for programs, so I wanted to learn more.


December 16, 2015 by Women's Fund

Celebrating a Great Year and New Beginnings

Jody DeFord (OA Class 2) was one of 100+ women who attended the OPTIONS and Perspectives Year End celebration. Although she showed up feeling like Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation, she left with an overwhelming sense of pride for Women's Fund of Central Indiana - read why.


December 15, 2009 by Women's Fund

The Best Method to Gift to Charity

Contributed by Elaine Bedel, CFP; President, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. The end of the year is a good time to consider donating to your favorite nonprofit organization and to take advantage of tax benefits. Depending on the form of your gift to charity, you can receive tax benefits beyond the charitable tax deduction itself. To take advantage of these other benefits, you need to review your personal situation and plan ahead to allow sufficient time to complete the gifting process.


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 14, 2016 by Women's Fund

Five Ways You Can Support Breast Cancer Research Today

Guest Blogger: Lauren Petersen, OPTIONS 16, Community Activation Manager, TechPoint


December 13, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Simple Steps to Teaching Your Children about Giving

In the midst of the holiday season, now is the time to think about how you can teach your children about giving. Read more for some simple steps.


December 13, 2012 by Kelly Young

Welcome OPTIONS Class 13

I was excited to see the names of the women who are a part of OPTIONS Class 13! Congratulations and welcome to Women's Fund.


December 12, 2013 by Women's Fund

Former Inmate and WF Friend Shares her Story

More than 100 women gathered to hear Krissy Bunch share her story about life inside - and now outside of the Indiana Women's Prison. Juliana Meyer, OPTIONS alum, Class 11, shared her insights following the year-end event.


December 11, 2012 by Kelly Young

Billie Jean King is my Shero

The Power of Women's Philanthropy was an incredible event - and Billie Jean King is my new Shero! WOW! What a woman and what an inspiration! Here are just a few of my "take aways" from her presentation.


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 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 10, 2013 by Julie Koegel

Unique Ways Agencies Serve Women and Girls

Grants Officer Julie Koegel reveals some unique and effective ways central Indiana nonprofits are strengthening their services to empower women and girls they serve.


December 9, 2010 by Women's Fund

Charitable Giving – Which Causes Rank High for Women?

By: Angela E. White, CFRE The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University just released the second part of its Women Give 2010 research, which asks the question, “Are there differences between male and female single-headed households across all subsectors of charitable giving?”


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.


December 8, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

A Season of Giving Back

In this season of giving, it's easy to look around and find ways to get involved in helping our community. I was excited to learn about two local youth who are giving back year-round, not just in the holiday season.


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 7, 2016 by Women's Fund

Shifting Patterns in Charitable Giving Show Importance of Women Donors

Guest Blogger: Angela White, CFRE Senior Consultant and CEO Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates


December 6, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Partner Spotlight: Ferguson

Women's Fund is fortunate to have the support of many corporate Partners, including Ferguson Enterprises. Partners like Ferguson help Women's Fund keep our day-to-day operations moving - including making grants, engaging as a community leader, and teaching philanthropy. Learn more about this partnership.


December 6, 2012 by Kelly Young

Site Visit Provided Great Insight into Komen Tissue Bank

Last week's site visit to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center provided great insight into the work being done in Indianapolis to help find a cure for breast cancer.


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.


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 4, 2014 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Year-end Event & State of Women’s Fund

Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS Alumnae, Class 12, and Marketing Director, Indiana Design Center, shares OPTIONS Year-end event highlights and the State of Women's Fund.


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.


December 2, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - November 2014

A monthly update from Women's Fund. November was busy: we visited The White House, welcomed new OPTIONS class members, bid farewell to two valued staff members, received final applications for NEXT, and more.


December 2, 2015 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - December

A monthly update and news from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


November 29, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Year-End Celebration

By Lalaine Smith, DDS, OPTIONS Class 9. From fun giveaways and networking to connecting philanthropy to impact by meeting an OPTIONS Scholarship recipient, Lalaine shares her personal account of the November 15 OPTIONS annual year-end gathering.


November 29, 2016 by Deanna Gonzales

Give 20 + Tell 20


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, 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 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Thank you!

Today we simply want to say THANKS. Read why - and to whom we are thankful in today's blog post.


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 23, 2010 by Deanna Gonzales

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 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 20, 2014 by Women's Fund

Welcome OPTIONS Class 15

Women's Fund announced the names of OPTIONS Class 15. We are excited about this group of women committed to learning about and supporting the needs of women and girls in our community.


November 19, 2009 by Kelly Young

Volunteering as a Family

Women’s Fund may not be the first organization that comes to mind when thinking about family volunteering, but in fact, they offer two philanthropy education programs that instill that same belief of giving back. The cool thing is their philanthropy education programs extend beyond a day or week of volunteering together, but focus on lifelong giving.


November 19, 2013 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Comes to an End Bringing New Opportunities

Brooke Daunhauer reflects on her OPTIONS experience and shares some highlights from the past 10 months.


November 18, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

What Rain Can't Damper

60 OPTIONS Alumnae gathered to reconnect and learn about current happenings in the community, including the work of Project Home Indy.


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 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 17, 2011 by Women's Fund

Celebrate National Philanthropy Day!

By Angela E. White, CFRE. Honoring donors and the changes they support in our communities.


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 15, 2012 by Women's Fund

Do You Have a Button for That?

Angela E. White, CFRE, asks herself and others "Are you pushing the right buttons to build donor loyalty and increase philanthropic capacity?"


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 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 12, 2013 by Jennifer Pletcher

Risky Business

More than 1,000 women have received loans totally $1.4 million – 99% of which have been repaid and reinvested in the lives of other women. Jennifer Pletcher highlights the success of Grameen America in Indianapolis.


November 11, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Honoring Female Veterans

On Veterans Day, we honor the service of men and women to our country. There are some special things to know about female veterans.


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 9, 2010 by Women's Fund

Money Sense for Children

By: Elaine E. Bedel, CFP Teach your children these three important lessons of money management: SAVE for your future; SPEND appropriately; and SHARE for the greater good of others and your community.


November 9, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Women and Girls Win Through Interagency Connections

Through her work, Julie Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, knows the value of interagency connections - and how they can benefit women and girls in our community. Read more about the connections among Women's Fund grantees.


November 7, 2013 by Women's Fund

Dear Friends of Women's Fund - a letter from Julie Manning Magid and Jennifer Pope Baker

Your support of Women's Fund is making a difference in the lives of women and girls in central Indiana. Julie Manning Magid, Advisory Board Chair, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, share an update on the year-to-date with friends of Women's Fund.


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 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 4, 2015 by Women's Fund

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Anita DuBois

Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Anita DuBois, director of Global Medical Communications for Eli Lilly, mother of two, seven time mini-marathon runner, and strong advocate for women and girls in central Indiana.


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.


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 2, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Vote: Our Right and Responsibility

Today is Election Day, a day when many Americans exercise their right to vote. It's hard to imagine that a mere 91 years ago women could not vote. In 1920, the 19th Amendment passed and this changed, paving the way for other big changes to the status of women.


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.


November 1, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - October 2012

From celebrating the Indiana Fever's championship run to welcoming Billie Jean King in December, here's a look at recent happenings and big announcements from Women's Fund in October.


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, 2012 by Kelly Young

Talk and Tour of VOA's Theodora House

Until last week, I wasn't familiar with all of the services offered by Volunteers of America - nor was I aware Theodora House even existed. After a talk and a tour, hosted by Women's Fund, I know so much more and I'm doing what I can to help spread the word about this nonprofit.


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, 2009 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS and Impact

Contributed by Lynda Goeke. We all have options to give money where we like: church, museums, not-for-profits, etc. My OPTIONS class number four had the opportunity to give money as a group. That is what I love about Women’s Fund. It takes all the money we give, pools it all together and gives it where it is needed.


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 28, 2011 by Women's Fund

Partner Spotlight: OneAmerica Foundation

This month, we are spotlighting OneAmerica Foundation. As a corporate Partner, OneAmerica has supported Women's Fund since 1997, contributing over $10,000.


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 26, 2010 by Women's Fund

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Little Red Door Cancer Agency

By Tanya S. Parrish, MPH, C.H.E.S. Breast cancer screening, prevention, and assistance services can be found at the Little Red Door. Screening and prevention saves lives.


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 21, 2010 by Women's Fund

Why Nonprofits Can’t Afford to Ignore Women

By: Angela E. White, CFRE Women Give 2010 brings attention to Women in Philanthropy issues.


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 20, 2011 by Women's Fund

Stock Market Jitters

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, discusses tips and trends for female investors in today's stock market. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair Elect.


October 19, 2009 by Kelly Young

Becoming Passionately Pink

During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wear more pink than normal; I eat pink M&Ms and I eat Yoplait and save the lids. For several years I have walked in numerous breast cancer walks locally and even 60 miles in San Diego for the 3-Day Walk. I've attended fundraisers and made donations. In a way, I hoped that would make me exempt from breast cancer ever affecting me or my friends. Not so. Last year was a year when breast cancer became more than a "cause" and more of a "personal passion".


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 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, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

Business Ownership Initiative - Another WF Success Story

With the help of the bold and transformative Women's Fund grant, Business Ownership Initiative has grown into a big, broad organization, offering one on one business counseling services, planning, and workshops to help people with any of their small business educational and support needs.


October 16, 2012 by Women's Fund

Meet Maria: A Banker, Volunteer and Native Hoosier

Women's Fund Advisory Board Member, Maria Quintana, believes women are the backbone of the family.


October 16, 2014 by Kelly Young

Geena Davis Speaks About Gender Equality

Actor Geena Davis was the keynote speaker for The Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy last week - and I'm a bigger fan than before. One thing she shared: "Girls need to see more women as leaders, asserting themselves and being in charge of their own destinies." Find out what else she talked about.


October 15, 2013 by Kelly Young

Women Build Builds Dreams

A group from Women's Fund helped on the Women Build this weekend: "building hope, building dreams and building lives, one family at a time."


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 Abigail Coleman

Investing in Our Community

What would you do with $337,500? Thanks to our permanent endowment and all donors to it, Women's Fund will be able to continue this impact in our community for generations to come.


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 12, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Children Make Memories at Community Night

Community Night at The Children's Museum featured fun activities and a visit of Skeletown, The Children's Museum Guild Haunted House. 680 children and over 100 adults visited from 13 Marion County community centers. The event was full of fun and laughter and is a night the children will remember.


October 11, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Three Reasons You Will Not Want to Miss PBS's Women, War & Peace Series

Women, War & Peace, a 5-part PBS series, starts October 11th. Read why you will not want to miss out on watching it!


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 9, 2012 by Women's Fund

Seeds of Hope: Where a Life of Addiction Ends and a Life of Hope Begins

Julie Bowen, Community Volunteer, Advisory Board member and OPTIONS Alumna, writes about her recent visit to Seeds of Hope, a residential recovery home for women facing addictions.


October 9, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Juliana Meyer

Meet Juliana Meyer - she's a doctor, OPTIONS alum, active Women's Fund volunteer, philanthropist - and she can tell the year, make and model of muscle cars.


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 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.


October 6, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Creating Options and Opportunities

OPTIONS is a year-long philanthropy education program for women who are 25-45 years-old. For nearly ten years, Women's Fund has been educating a new class of twenty women every year to learn about the needs and concerns of women and girls, personal and group philanthropy, the role of non-profit board leaders, and creating opportunities for site visits to organizations we support.


October 7, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

No Small Task: Grantmaking Process is Challenging but Rewarding

An insider's look at the grantmaking process, including how grants are decided upon and the results these grants hope to achieve.


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 6, 2010 by Women's Fund

Johnson County Nonprofits to Receive $30,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to Benefit Women and Girls

(Oct. 6 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $30,000 to two women and girl serving organizations serving Johnson County. Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson Co. and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services received $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.


October 6, 2010 by Women's Fund

Shelby County Nonprofits to Receive $30,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to Benefit Women and Girls

(Oct. 6 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $30,000 to two women and girl serving organizations serving Shelby County. Shelby Community Health Center and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services received $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. They were among 18 organizations awarded grants targeting central Indiana organizations focused on caregiving, domestic violence, insufficient income, health and self-development.


October 6, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Southeast: More than a Community Center

Southeast Community Services is a community center providing supports for women and individuals in all places of their lives. I walked away from a site visit amazed.


October 5, 2010 by Kelly Young

2010 Grants Announced

Women's Fund granted $331,000 to 18 central Indiana organizations. Find out which organizations were awarded a grant and what they plan on doing with the dollars.


October 5, 2010 by Women's Fund

Prevail, Inc. Receives $46,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

(Oct. 5 -- Indianapolis) – Prevail, Inc. was recently awarded a $46,000 grant from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to help serve victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County. The grant is the single largest grant Women’s Fund has made in Hamilton County. The funds will be used to provide education on safe relationships to students throughout Hamilton County and ongoing support for teens who have been sexually assaulted.


October 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Grants More Than $300,000 to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

(Oct. 3 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced today that its board approved grants totaling $331,000 to 18 organizations throughout central Indiana.


October 4, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Women Gather at Class Connector

Sarah Barclay, Community Volunteer and OPTIONS Class 11 member, shares about a recent opportunity OPTIONS Alumnae and OPTIONS Class 12 members had to connect with each other. Read more and view photos from 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.


October 2, 2014 by Julie Koegel

Legal Services Necessary to Break the Violence Cycle

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."


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 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 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 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Getting organized with elfa

Lynne Bir, Community Volunteer and OPTIONS Alumna, won a brand new elfa closet from The Container Store! Read about her new closet and what the experience means for her.


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 27, 2011 by Women's Fund

Partner Spotlight: Saks Fifth Avenue

This month, we are spotlighting Saks Fifth Avenue. As a corporate Partner, Saks has supported Women's Fund since 2010, contributing over $20,500.


September 27, 2012 by Women's Fund

Debt Elimination Strategy for Women

By Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, Bedel Financial Consulting. Elaine shares tips on how women can reduce debt and take control of their financial life. Elaine is Women's Fund Advisory Board Vice-Chair.


September 26, 2013 by Women's Fund

Meet Lucy Aquilano: Community Volunteer and Philanthropist

Lucy Aquilano has been involved with Women's Fund in many ways since her participation in OPTIONS Class 4. Meet Lucy, read about her community engagement, and find out a couple of surprising things about her. Article written by Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumnae member.


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, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Bank on Indy

How did you first learn about managing money? At some point, you probably learned something about the value of money and keeping it safe. Through economic literacy programs at local Girls Inc. chapters, for example, many central Indiana girls are developing money management skills at an early age.


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, 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 22, 2011 by Women's Fund

Transformative Experience at Indiana Women's Prison

Erin Duffy, OPTIONS Class 11 member, shares how her visit to the Indiana Women's Prison was transformative and surprised her in ways she didn't expect.


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 20, 2011 by Women's Fund

A Visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sue Russell, OPTIONS Alumna, Class 10, talks about a recent visit by OPTIONS Alumnae to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read her take-aways from the Material World exhibit - including an opportunity for those interested in becoming more engaged in the world of fashion.


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 20, 2016 by Women's Fund

Dedicated to supporting victims of abuse

Guest Blogger: Emily Hervey, Engagement and Projects Director, IndyStar/USA TODAY Network


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 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 17, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Poverty Rate Climbs... Impacting Women and Their Families

"Poverty Rate Climbs". The headline of an article in today's Indianapolis Star is not surprising, given the economic situation in recent times. The reality of the impact poverty has on individuals, families, and our community is grim. The article reported on 2009 statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent or 43.6 million people in 2009, up from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people in 2008. In Indiana specifically, the poverty rate rose from 12.9 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent in 2009, higher than every neighboring state except Kentucky.


September 17, 2013 by Women's Fund

Namaste: OPTIONS Alumnae, yoga, and Indiana Women's Prison

Emi Osterhaus, OPTIONS Alumnae member, Class 11, reflects on a recent event for OPTIONS Alumnae members to meet and learn moves from Statia Murphy, yoga instructor at Indiana Women's Prison. Yoga plays an important role with many offenders at Indiana Women's Prison - and proves challenging in unique ways.


September 16, 2014 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Sara Morris

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana involved with - and supportive of Women's Fund of Central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Sara Morris - mom, wife, photographer, storyteller, world traveler, entrepreneur, and much more.


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 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 13, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Female Offenders: Facts and Challenges Faced

Julie Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some facts and information about the issues female offenders are faced with as they work to re-enter our communities.


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.


September 11, 2012 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Melissa Proffitt Reese

Meet Melissa Proffitt Reese: partner at Ice Miller LLC, community volunteer, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, and a mother of three teenagers who believes we all share in the responsibility of giving back and contributing to our community.


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, 2010 by Kelly Young

Families Find Comfort and Support through Wishard

Wishard’s spectrum of care includes serving women through their Women’s and Children’s Services – and that’s the program that has benefited from Women’s Fund. Women’s Fund provided a $10,000 grant to the Wishard Foundation to help provide bereavement support for expectant mothers who experience an unexpected loss, such as a miscarriage, still birth, ectopic pregnancy or newborn death. The grant allowed the Women's and Children's Services at Wishard to provide intensive training for all staff members to increase their ability to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive bereavement.


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 7, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Everyday Leadership

Do you see yourself as a leader? Many of us are leaders by nature of our work or affiliations. Leadership opportunities occur at many moments each day. Sometimes we take advantage of them, sometimes we don't, and sometimes we exhibit leadership in unexpected ways.


September 8, 2016 by Women's Fund

Women’s Philanthropy: Investing in Women and Girls Driven by Connection

Guest Blogger: Angela White, CFRE Senior Consultant & CEO Johnson Grossnickle & Associates


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.


September 5, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Carin McBroom

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Carin McBroom, owner of Kern Graphic Design, mother of twins and Women's Fund volunteer.


September 4, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - August 2012

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


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, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

D. Emily Frank - Chef and Physician Extraordinaire

On Tuesday night, I had the honor of attending a dinner and talk given by Dr. Emily Frank at her lovely home in Carmel. For those of you who know Emily, you also know that she is a very gifted internal medicine physician, who has a passion for women's health issues.


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?


September 2, 2015 by Women's Fund

A Speaker with Substance: Andrea Jung

Jennifer Dzwonar, co-chair for this year’s Power of Women’s Fund Philanthropy event, shares highlights of this year's speaker - a speaker of substance, a woman who will provide interesting thoughts in a fun, entertaining setting - Andrea Jung, President & CEO of Grameen America.


September 1, 2016 by Women's Fund

Safe Haven for Domestic Violence Victims

Guest Blogger: Lorene Burkhart


August 31, 2010 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS 10 Year Celebration

On Aug. 27, OPTIONS alumnae celebrated 10 years of helping women and girls in the community and celebrated nearly half of a million dollars donated to Women's Fund. Raquel Richardson shares her thoughts - along with what some other women shared with her, about the event and OPTIONS.


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 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 26, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Recognized by Integrating Woman Leaders

Every year, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc. (IWL) selects an Indiana not-for-profit organization as its Charity Spotlight Award Recipient. This year Women's Fund was selected. Learn about IWL and how the two organizations we are empowering women to be the best they can be.


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 25, 2011 by Kelly Young

Women's Equality Day is Tomorrow

Equality Day is a simple reminder to both men and women not to take rights and opportunities for granted.


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 22, 2012 by Women's Fund

Older women donate more than men do to charity, IU report says

Women give more generously - and engage with organizations like Women's Fund. Article written by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star.


August 22, 2013 by Women's Fund

How can Twitter help you be a better volunteer and donor?

Guest post by Angela White, Senior Consultant and CEO, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates. Twitter can be a very effective source of information that helps you make smart volunteer and giving choices.


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 21, 2012 by Kelly Young

Update on Our (Semi) Summer of Service

My summer of service with my kids resulted in feeding the homeless, collecting books and stuffed animals, reading and watching TV. Most importantly, it was a great way to build a foundation of service for my kids.


August 20, 2010 by Women's Fund

Prison Visit Makes Impact on Women

Betsy Biederstedt shares her impressions and thoughts after spending time on Tuesday at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP). The site visit made such an impact on the women who attended that we have dedicated more blog space on this topic.


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 19, 2015 by Julie Koegel

Shortchanged: The Women's Wealth Gap

Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some insight and information into the women's wealth gap.


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 18, 2010 by Kelly Young

My Time at the Women's Prison

A site visit hosted by Women's Fund gives 18 women an inside look at the Indiana Women's Prison.


August 18, 2011 by Women's Fund

10 Insights into Women's Philanthropy

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares helpful tips to engage women as philanthropists and in support of your nonprofit.


August 17, 2012 by Women's Fund

Betty and the Importance of Women Leaving a Legacy

Angela E. White shares some valuable insight and asks important questions after a long-time, $25 per year donor, leaves the largest bequest to date from an alumna.


August 16, 2011 by Women's Fund

Corporate Partner: Ice Miller LLP

This month, we are spotlighting Ice Miller LLP. As a corporate Partner, Ice Miller has supported Women's Fund since 2006, contributing $36,500.


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.


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, 2009 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Endowment Campaign

Contributed by Julie Manning Magid, Associate Professor of Business Law, Indiana University Kelly School of Business. Women's Fund maintains a permanent endowment. A well-funded endowment allows Women's Fund to research and communicate the needs of women and girls in this community. A well-funded endowment supports the needs of the agencies to continue their crucial services.


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 12, 2015 by Kelly Young

In Awe of an Addict Who Turned Her Life Around

A former crack cocaine addict turned her life around and is now serving as the executive director of the organization that saved her life 16 years ago. Women's Fund visited Seeds of Hope and learned more about the place “Where a Life of Addiction Ends and Life of Hope Begins.”


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.


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 11, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Census Guides Leadership in our Community

Census information encourages us to think differently about how we serve women and their families in our community.


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, 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, 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 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 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 5, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2014

This month we want to introduce you to Kelsey, invite you to read what Jennifer Dzwonar would tell her 18-year-old self, and learn more about several grantees through site visits with Board members and friends of Women's Fund.


August 5, 2015 by Women's Fund

Living Poor and Insecure in Indiana

A group of Women's Fund women learned what it's like to be poor and insecure in Indiana. Startling facts were shared and hard decisions were made. One participant shared her thoughts in today's blog.


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!


August 3, 2010 by Kelly Young

Shopping at Saks Benefits Women's Fund

Two of my favorite things … shopping and donating to a great organization. Now it’s possible to do both through a program sponsored by Saks. Women’s Fund of Central Indiana is one of six local charities selected by Saks Fifth Avenue Indianapolis to benefit from their “I’m Going to Saks … For My Favorite Charity” program.


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.


August 2, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Sharing Memories and History through StoryCorps

Women's Fund had the opportunity to share a piece of our history and personal moments with StoryCorps, through a recent conversation between Jane Schlegel, Advisory Board Chair 2000-2001, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.


July 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2012

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


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 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 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 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 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 29, 2015 by Kelly Young

5 Reasons I Like Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung, President & CEO of Grameen America and former Chairman and CEO of Avon, is speaking at The Power of Women's Philanthropy. Kelly Young, Women's Fund communications consultant, did a little research and came up with 5 reasons she really likes Ms. Jung.


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 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 22, 2014 by Abigail Coleman

Christamore House Helps Women Help Themselves

A recent visit to Christamore House revealed their life-changing work to help women on the near west side of Indianapolis become self-sufficient.


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 17, 2011 by Women's Fund

Young Moms Get a Home of Their Own

Indianapolis Star: Young moms get a home of their own at Project Home Indy.


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 15, 2015 by Kelly Young

Exodus Refugee Provides Hope for Thousands Who Have Fled Their Homes

I cannot imagine the horrific violence that takes place around the world causing women, men and children to flee their homes. But it happens everyday. Fortunately, Exodus Refugee exists to provide hope to refugees who now call Indianapolis home. Here's more after a site visit to Exodus Refugee.


July 13, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Taking a Charitable Staycation

Are you being inundated with requests for charitable gifts this year? Are your inboxes and mailboxes full of invitations, stories, and pulls to your heartstrings? Are you finding yourself challenged by how to respond when your financial situation is different than in the past? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you can empathize with the way Women's Fund is feeling in 2009.


July 14, 2011 by Women's Fund

Super Bowl Committee to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Inside Indiana Business: The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is teaming up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center for a major initiative. "Indy's Super Cure" aims to increase diversity of breast tissue donations and fundraising for advance breast cancer research.


July 13, 2010 by Kelly Young

Women’s Fund Reminds Us of Indiana’s Safe Haven Law

July is Safe Haven Month in Indiana and Women's Fund reminds readers that women have a choice – and an opportunity to provide a safe home for their newborn child.


July 12, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Jill

Read a letter from Jill, a Dove Recovery House client, sharing insight into her path to recovery and self sufficiency.


July 10, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Joyce

Read a letter from Joyce, describing her journey to recovery and self sufficiency with the guidance of Dove Recovery House.


July 8, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Transforming Lives Through Training and Education

With the economic woes that have stricken our community and world, nonprofits are relied upon more heavily right now; those funded by Women's Fund in core funding areas of caregiving, domestic violence, and insufficient income are as relevant now as ever. Organizations such as Women's Fund grant recipient Training, Inc. provide services to those who do not have the support or resources and are hit even harder by the current economy.


July 9, 2013 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Explore Refugees Through Book Club and Exodus Refugee Immigration

OPTIONS Alumnae, Lynne Bir, shares her thoughts and lessons learned following the OPTIONS Alumnae book club event - an event that explored the issue of women refugees.


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 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 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 2, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - June 2013

A monthly update of happenings at Women's Fund of Indiana - June, 2013.


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.


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 30, 2016 by Julie Koegel

The Wage Gap for Mothers

In May 2016, the National Women’s Law Center published The Wage Gap for Mothers, State by State Fact Sheet.


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 25, 2010 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund announces new website

(Indianapolis) -- Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has launched a new website designed to be informative and engaging. The new site, www.womensfund.org, highlights Women's Fund as the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana. Viewers can expect to find the latest statistics and trends affecting women and girls, an insider’s look into the organization through the Women’s Fund blog and industry news and videos and profiles of Women’s Fund programs and people.


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 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 22, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Engaging and Informative New Website will be a Resource

Women's Fund has a new website! I, for one, am excited about the opportunities the new site will bring. Not only does it look snappy, it will allow our donors, grantees, and new friends connect with us. The new site highlights Women's Fund as an expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana and thanks those who contribute to our success.


June 22, 2016 by Jennifer Pletcher

What's NEXT this summer


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 17, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part I

In Part I of a two-part series, Maryjane introduces us to the OA Book Club event and Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.


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 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 10, 2010 by Kelly Young

Community Centers and How They Care for Their Communities

As an OPTIONS alumnae, and a donor to Women’s Fund, I’m committed to learning more about where my dollars are going – and sharing with readers what I learn. This time, I decided to explore the community centers that Women’s Fund has funded, including Concord, Hawthorne and John H. Boner Community Centers. Each has received operational support from Women’s Fund so I was interested in learning what the centers do for their communities.


June 10, 2013 by Julie Koegel

Visiting a Center Where Neighbors Help Neighbors

Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some information about a recent visit to Southeast Community Services, where the group learned more about a program designed to break the cycle of crime and self-sufficiency among female ex-offenders.


June 10, 2015 by Women's Fund

Developing the Next Generation of High-Net-Worth Donors

Angela White talks about developing the next generation of high-net-worth donors and how programs like GO: GIVE BACK strengthen the fabric of charitable giving in our country.


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 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 4, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Use What You've Got Prison Ministry Keeps Families Connected

Imagine you are a parent, miles away from your children and family members with no way to see them unless someone brings them to you. This is a reality for many in the justice system; the impact of this separation can be devastating to a family and, in particular, to developing bonds between parents and children. Use What You've Got Prison Ministry's mission is to provide transportation for prison visitation while promoting family wellness through education, supportive resources, and spiritual enhancement. They drove a total of 24,586 miles last year, shuttling family members to sixteen correctional facilities spread throughout the state.


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 3, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2014

May is a favorite month for many. Find out why it was a favorite for Women's Fund: from NEXT, being named a Charity Spotlight, and a new Title Sponsor for Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy.


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.


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 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2012

A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.


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 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 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 24, 2012 by Women's Fund

Becoming an Inspired and Thoughtful Philanthropist through OPTIONS

Check out a guest blog on the "Inspired Philanthropy" OPTIONS class session - written by Mandy Skelton, OPTIONS Class 12 member.


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 22, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS 12 Members and Alumnae Connect at 10-01 Food & Drink

Kelly Noga, OPTIONS Alumna (Class 2), shares how OPTIONS 12 members and OPTIONS Alumnae connected and deepened ties during a social held at 10-01 Food & Drink.


May 21, 2013 by Women's Fund

30 years ago – from Diet Coke to Women’s Leadership and a Few Things in Between

Angela E. White, CFRE, reflects on the past 30 years - all of its changes, opportunities... and Diet Coke.


May 19, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Dress for Success Highlighted on National Makeover Day

Today is "National Makeover Day" on QVC, featuring Dress for Success and the stories of clients, including two local women, Clara and Lynette. Clara (pictured right) was featured this morning; Lynette will be featured tonight at 11 p.m.


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 17, 2012 by Women's Fund

Words That Motivate Women to Give

Angela E. White, CFRE, talks about creating an emotional bond between your cause and women donors.


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 14, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Wendy Yerkes

Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Wendy Yerkes - one of our first board members, a mother of two, a community volunteer, a mentor, a tutor and a passionate pet lover.


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 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 10, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

History in the Making: Sixteen Years of Growth and Success

As Women's Fund celebrates our 16th anniversary, I took a look through history and found some key moments since we were founded in 1996. Learn more!


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 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!


May 7, 2013 by Women's Fund

Simple Ways to Improve Health Your Today!

Caroline Gleason Dutkanych, OPTIONS Alumna and Vice President of Development at Joy's House, reports on a recent OPTIONS Alumnae Medical Panel event. Read the health tips she learned, including five simple ways to improve your health today!


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 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.


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 4, 2016 by Women's Fund

Angels Found Working at Craine House

OPTIONS member, Beverly Chu Horton, found Angels working at Craine House, providing hope to women convicted of non-violent offenses.


May 3, 2011 by Women's Fund

Hawthorne Community Center: Westside Hub

Alison Schumacher, OPTIONS Alumnae member, shares her perspective on a recent site visit to Hawthorne Community Center, serving Indianapolis' westside residents.


May 3, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Grants - Making a Difference

Grants officer, Julie Koegel, reflects on the grants process while preparing for the June 8 proposal deadline.


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.


May 1, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Visits the IRT and Experiences The Miracle Worker

written by Theresa Patterson, OPTIONS Class 12, Community Volunteer Members of OPTIONS Class 12 were treated to a behind the scenes look at the IRT, dinner and the miraculous performance of The Miracle Worker. Theresa shares her experience.


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 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 28, 2010 by Women's Fund

What is an Endowment?

Contributed by Elaine Bedel, CFP; President, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. Have you ever been asked to make a charitable contribution to the endowment of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana? There is often confusion with respect to giving to an endowment versus giving directly to a charitable organization. The one major difference is that when you make a gift to an endowment, you really are making "a gift that keeps on giving".


April 26, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Celebrating Volunteers

Women's Fund. You know we are the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana. You know we are dedicated increasing options and opportunities for women and girls in our community. You know we have an $11 million endowment and make well-reasoned, researched grants to organizations who are functioning at a high level.


April 27, 2016 by Kelly Young

A Great Day at Dress for Success

A site visit and tour of Dress for Success Indianapolis provides great information - and makes it a great day for many!


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 25, 2013 by Women's Fund

Meeting Women I Could Know: My Visit to Indiana Women’s Prison

Becca Hanson, OPTIONS 13 class member and Owner, 14 Districts, reflects on a recent site visit to Indiana Women's Prison. Read what surprised her and learn something new about incarcerated women.


April 24, 2012 by Women's Fund

Gaining Some Perspective. My Afternoon in the Indiana Women’s Prison

OPTIONS Class 12 member, Morgan Coleman, shares her perspective of their recent visit to Indiana Women's Prison (IWP). Learn how she gained a different perspective as they walked the grounds and met the moms behind the bars of IWP.


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 22, 2014 by Women's Fund

Philanthropy with a Gendered Voice

Tuti Scott is a thought leader on women's philanthropy, leadership, and social change. As today's guest blogger, and with her permission, we are sharing her thoughts and ideas about philanthropy with a gendered voice.


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 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 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 18, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business: Kari Strolberg and Eventful Marketing Solutions

“Getting Down to Business” is our new monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Kari Strolberg, owner of Eventful Marketing Solutions and partner in Detail + Design. We caught up with her during her busy season (she's the event planner for Komen Indy Race for the Cure and several Indy 500 events) to find out more about one of Indy's top special event planners.


April 17, 2012 by Kelly Young

Today is Equal Pay Day

I'm wearing red today to show that woman are still "in the red." It's a small thing, I know. But my hope is at the very least we can raise awareness about the issue. Rather than complain about the disparity in pay, let’s do something about it. Let’s better understand the issue and find ways to support equal pay.


April 16, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

When Tragedy Strikes, Philanthropic Spirit Prevails

As a mother, past half marathoner, and concerned citizen, Abigail shares her thoughts on the tragedy that struck the city of Boston yesterday.


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 15, 2015 by Kelly Young

The Gender Wage Gap

Equal Pay Day probably went unnoticed by many yesterday, so today's blog post highlights some startling stats about the gender wage gap.


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 12, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Inequality on Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day, a national observation of the day when women "catch up" to men's earnings the previous year, on average. Locally, women make even less than the average.


April 10, 2010 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund aims to build endowment to $20 million

By: Kathleen McLaughlin, Indianapolis Business Journal. The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently completed an endowment drive that raised $7 million, making the endowment one of the largest of its kind in terms of assets. Now at $11.6 million, Women’s Fund focuses its giving in three areas: access to quality child care, eliminating domestic violence, and building sufficient incomes for women. It plans to make grants totaling about $500,000 this year.


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 9, 2013 by Kelly Young

Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day - but it's not a day to celebrate. Women still get paid significantly less than men. Find out more about the pay gap, why it's important and what we can do to help raise awareness.


April 8, 2014 by Kelly Young

Today is Equal Pay Day (but it's not equal)

In recognition of “Equal Pay Day,” the date that symbolizes how far into the new year the average woman would have to work to earn what the average man did in the previous year, we're sharing some information, facts and more.


April 7, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Women Make it Happen!

Did you know women make up only 17% of senior leadership nationwide, yet in order to be a "critical mass"—to cause a fundamental change in the boardroom and to impact governance, women must make up least 30% of leadership?


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 5, 2011 by Deanna Gonzales

To Catch a Dollar

Muhammad Yunus is a man who had a vision of lifting people out of poverty through their own hard work and microloans. "To Catch a Dollar" shares the story of just a few women who have benefited from microloans and support from Grameen America.


April 5, 2012 by Women's Fund

Dress for Success ... Imagine for a Moment (Part 2 of 2)

The second of a 2-part series sharing Jen Rawe's perspective on the OPTIONS Class 12 visit to Dress for Success Indianapolis. Jen is Co-Owner, EJ Media and Production, and OPTIONS Class 12 member.


April 3, 2012 by Women's Fund

Dress for Success... My Visit in Quotes (Part 1 of 2)

Part 1 of a 2-part series sharing Jen Rawe's perspective on the OPTIONS Class 12 visit to Dress for Success Indianapolis. Jen is Co-Owner, EJ Media and Production, and OPTIONS Class 12 member.


April 3, 2014 by Women's Fund

A Perspective on Refugees in Central Indiana

After discussing the book "The Middle of Everywhere" and learning more about Exodus Refugee Immigration, Michele Janin shares her perspective and what she learned about refugees in central Indiana.


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.


April 1, 2015 by Kelly Young

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Marva

Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Marva Deskins Hamilton, counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels, member of Black Girls Run, OPTIONS Class 15 member, painter, belly dancer, and more.


March 31, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Round is a Shape

Celebrate National Nutrition Month. How are you living healthfully through balanced nutrition?


March 31, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women's Fund: BIG Announcement

Women's Fund announces our exciting new initiative. Learn about what's NEXT for women in our community!


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 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces More than $100,000 in Corporate Support to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, considered the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls, announces their most recent list of corporate partners that have made a significant commitment to women and girls in central Indiana – a commitment totaling nearly $120,000 in 2011.


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 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 23, 2016 by Women's Fund

Women, Politics and Philanthropy

As we move through the 2016 election year, Angela White, Senior Consultant and CEO, with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, reminds us not to forget the amazing role that philanthropy can play in changing lives forever and the powerful role of women as both donors and voters.


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 21, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Lynne Bir

Each month, Women's Fund will introduce you to one of our dedicated supporters through a Q & A series. This month, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Lynne Bir - a community volunteer, marketing professional, ex-officio Advisory Board member, OPTIONS 9 alumnae member, and an avid swimmer, running and triathlete.


March 20, 2012 by Women's Fund

Special Program Forgives Student Loans

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, shares her expertise to help women manage their money. In this post, find out about about a special program that forgives student loans.


March 20, 2014 by Women's Fund

Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?

Delia Askew Harris (OPTIONS Class 12) shares some insight and observations from the "sex talk," hosted by Planned Parenthood. OPTIONS Alumnae were everything from intrigued to scared, but also "all ears" as the group learned more about "The Talk."


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, 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 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 17, 2011 by Women's Fund

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.

Angela E. White, CFRE, shares lessons learned and take-aways from the Center on Philanthropy's Symposium, "Women World Wide - Leading Through Philanthropy."


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 15, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Donor Spotlight: Cheryl Strain

Get to know Cheryl Strain: community volunteer, gardener, grandmother, and Women's Fund donor.


March 15, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Donor Spotlight: Sue Tempero

Get to know Sue Tempero, community volunteer, passionate supporter of women's issues, Rotary member, grandparent of six, and Women's Fund donor.


March 14, 2013 by Women's Fund

Michelle: A Hardworking Mother in Poverty Struggling to Survive

Emily Hebert Groves, OPTIONS Class 13 member and Community Volunteer, explains services provided by Dress for Success Indianapolis, as she learned on a recent OPTIONS site visit, and how the story of Michelle and her personal struggles resonated personally with her.


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 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 12, 2015 by Julie Koegel

Women's Fund Funds Program That Helps Female Drop Outs With Children

Grants Officer Julie Koegel met with the Indiana Latino Institute to learn more about their pilot program designed to help young female drop outs with children.


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, 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 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 8, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Enriching the Economic Power of Women

Celebrate International Women's Day and learn more about the power of women!


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 6, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business: Natalie Wolfe, owner of 10-01 Food & Drink

“Getting Down to Business” features female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Natalie Wolfe, owner of 10-01 Food & Drink, in Broad Ripple, advocate, busy mother of three and OPTIONS Class 11 Alumnae.


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 5, 2015 by Women's Fund

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Emily Groves

Each month we will profile the men and women who are a part of helping Women's Fund create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. This month meet Emily Groves, she's the mother of two, a "homebody," an avid reader, and the co-chair of the 2015 Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy event.


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 3, 2015 by Women's Fund

A Cry for Help

Emi shares startling stats and frightening facts from a recent drug panel that left her wondering how she can keep her children protected from the craziness of the world we live in.


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.


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 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 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 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting Down to Business with Lalaine Smith

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Dr. Lalaine Smith DDS - dentist, wife, mom, volunteer, traveler, and much more.


February 24, 2011 by Women's Fund

Charitable Contributions from IRAs

Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, shares how you can make a charitable contribution to Women's Fund from your IRA - and the rules you need to know for making this type of contribution.


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 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 19, 2013 by Women's Fund

Trends for 2013 - What's Trending for You?

After googling "2013 trends for women," Angela E. White, CFRE, has decided to focus on leadership and impact trends rather than fashion and beauty. Read what inspired her to do so - and why she hopes you will join her.


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 18, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Supports Dress for Success Indianapolis from Day 1

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 Dress for Success Indianapolis supports 1,500+ women annually - and how Women's Fund has been there since their inception.


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 16, 2012 by Women's Fund

The Giving Characteristics of High Net Worth Women: Going beyond the “warm and fuzzy” stereotype of women donors

By: Angela E. White, CFRE Senior Consultant and CEO Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates


February 15, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Donor Spotlight: Indianapolis Power & Light Company

In addition to powering the city, IPL has been a long-time supporter of Women's Fund. Since 2001, IPL has committed $160,000 to provide options and opportunities for central Indiana women and girls. This remarkable support has played a large part in Women's Fund's growth and is a testament to IPL's commitment to the community.


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 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 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 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 10, 2015 by Kelly Young

Artists, a Friend and a Stranger All Share Stories of Abuse

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.


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 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 7, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business: Becca Hanson and 14 Districts

“Getting Down to Business” is our new monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Rebecca Hanson, owner of 14 Districts, world traveler, OPTIONS Class 13 member and fashion extraordinaire.


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, 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.


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.


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 28, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Unemployment Impacts Women

Last week, the December statistics were released for unemployment. In Indiana, the rate has stayed steady at 9.6 percent, while nationally the rate is 10 percent. Unemployment in this time is directly impacting men more than ever, and women are more frequently the only income provider for their household.


January 28, 2013 by Women's Fund

Diving Into OPTIONS

Sara Richey, OPTIONS Class 13 member and Community Volunteer, shares her take on the first OPTIONS Class - from diving into a pool to peeling an orange!


January 28, 2014 by Abigail Coleman

Consider the Vulnerable in Winter Conditions

How are those struggling to get by as well as small business owners managing in the extreme weather conditions? Read how Women's Fund is helping in a small way - and how you can make a difference too.


January 27, 2010 by Kelly Young

Welcome OPTIONS Class 10

This month, 20 exceptional women will begin a 10-month exploration of personal and group philanthropy through OPTIONS. Along the way, we hope to provide you insight from the class through this blog. We plan to take you behind the scenes through personal stories, photos and class experiences.


January 27, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Thanks... A Word We Can't Overuse

In National Thank You month, we are reminded of the things we are thankful for and want to say a special thanks to you for your support!


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 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 23, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Emi 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. Read what Emi Osterhaus would tell her 18-year-old self.


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 21, 2014 by Women's Fund

Telling the Story of #WomenLeading Philanthropy

Angela White shares information about #WomenLeading Philanthropy - a symposium in Chicago that looks at how the philanthropic landscape has changed as a result of women's increased engagement.


January 20, 2011 by Women's Fund

Welcome OPTIONS Class 11

By: Stacy Kult, OPTIONS Class 8. Highlighting the welcome event for OPTIONS Class 11.


January 19, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Welcome OPTIONS Class 12!

Introducing OPTIONS Class 12


January 18, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Kicks Off a New Year

The newest group of OPTIONS members, Class 11 marks the first day of their new class year. Read to be introduced to the dynamic members of this year's class.


January 18, 2011 by Women's Fund

Area Women Gain Philanthropic Education Through Women’s Fund OPTIONS Program

Ten years. Two hundred fifty area women. Donations totaling $450,000 to help women and girls in central Indiana. Now those are some impressive stats. It’s all about women owning their own businesses, learning how they can give back to their communities and then doing it!


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 17, 2013 by Women's Fund

My First OPTIONS Class: Laughter and Inspiration

Ali Birge, OPTIONS 13 member and Senior Vice President, Development & Finance, Pedcor Investments, shares her awe, inspiration, and amusement in meeting the women of her class on January 15.


January 15, 2013 by Women's Fund

Highlights from OPTIONS 13 Welcome Event

Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS Alumnae, Class 12, and Marketing Director, Indiana Design Center, shares OPTIONS Class 13 welcome event highlights and greetings for class members, whose first class is today.


January 15, 2015 by Kelly Young

Are You Financially Literate?

Are you among the number of women who have low confidence in financial literacy? I have to admit that I am - but I'm working on it and these resources and articles are great information.


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 14, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Donates $4,000 to Dove Recovery House Following Fire

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana donated $4,000 to Dove Recovery House last week following a January 5 fire that damaged its basement and displaced 17 residents and a staff member. The funds are being used to defray emergency expenses to allow the women to stay at an extended stay hotel while repairs are made to the House.


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 12, 2010 by Kelly Young

Inspired (and Intrigued) by a Great Philanthropist

I have read with great interest the many stories about Ruth Lilly following her death at the age of 94. What an amazing woman who gave so much to so many. She had an incredible charitable spirit that she shared with numerous organizations nationally and locally, including Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.


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 11, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

You Can Help Women Whose Home was Destroyed by Fire

Dove Recovery House, local home for women overcoming addiction and substance abuse, caught fire this week. Learn more including how you can help.


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.


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.


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.


January 2, 2014 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Mandy Moore

“Getting Down to Business” is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in central Indiana. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Mandy Moore, co-founder of VMS BioMarketing, mother of three, and recent participant of Women's Fund Perspectives Class 1.


January 1, 2013 by Kelly Young

Reflecting on 2012

A look at 2012 through some great photos.


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