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December 19, 2009 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces Officers

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces new leadership to its 2010 Advisory Board. The following Officers have been selected: Ann Murtlow, chair, President & CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. Julie Manning Magid, vice-chair, Associate Professor of Business Law, IU Kelley School of Business Elaine Bedel, vice-chair elect, President, Bedel Financial Consulting


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 11, 2010 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Your Giving, Your Legacy

Inside Indiana Business Perspectives Article: Providing tips on how to think about your philanthropy and creating a giving plan to have give meaningfully and with purpose.


November 10, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces Grants of $365,535 to Benefit 16 Organizations in Central Indiana

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced today it will award $365,535 in its 13th year of awarding grants to serve some of the most pivotal groups in central Indiana serving women and girls.


November 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

2010 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jennifer Pope Baker

By: Sam Stall, Indianapolis Business Journal. Jennifer Pope Baker receives the Indianapolis Business Journal's 2010 Women of Influence award. As director of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana (a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation), Baker has awarded grants to dozens of innovative central Indiana programs supporting women and girls.


November 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Jennifer Pope Baker '89 and Myrta Pulliam Named 'Women of Influence'

DePauw University News. Jennifer Pope Baker, Women's Fund Director, and Myrta Pulliam, Women's Fund Advisory Board Member, receive the Indianapolis Business Journal's 2010 Women of Influence Award.


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 9, 2010 by Women's Fund

IPL chief Ann Murtlow is 'personable' power

By: Francesca Jarosz, Indianapolis Business Journal. Women in Biz Profile of Ann Murtlow, CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Company. An overview of her career and her current community involvement, including as Advisory Board Chair of Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


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 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 2, 2012 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund is Beneficiary of Event at 14 Districts - October 5 & 6, 2012

Women's Fund is a charitable beneficiary of an event held October 5 and 6 at 14 Districts in the Indiana Design District, Carmel. Learn more and find out how you can get involved!


September 24, 2011 by Women's Fund

More than 150 donate tissue for "Super Cure"

Published in The Indianapolis Star online September 24, 2011. More than 150 women donate breast tissue as part of "Indy's Super Cure", a charitable initiative of the National Football League's 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl.


August 31, 2011 by Women's Fund

Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson Co. Letter to the Editor

Women's Fund applauds Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson County for achieving a 100% rating in the national Girls Inc. Quality Assurance Review Process.


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 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, 2013 by Women's Fund

Piano Donations

We are so grateful to the many people who have inquired about donating their piano to GO Ahead & Play. Because this is a one-time project, we do not have the need for any more pianos...


August 6, 2013 by Women's Fund

Erika D. Smith: Indy's piano project strikes a chord for art appreciation

The Indianapolis Star article by Erika D. Smith on public art and GO Ahead & Play as an example for how this could work in Indianapolis.


August 5, 2013 by Women's Fund

GO Ahead & Play - Indy Style Show

GO Ahead & Play interview with Andi Hauser, Jennifer Pope Baker and artist Charity Counts on Indy Style, WISH-TV 8.


August 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Putting Women on the Path to Success

Inside Indiana Business Perspectives Article, By Paula MacVittie. One of the first fundraising events I attended after returning to Indianapolis was a breakfast for the Women’s Fund. I pulled out the agency credit card and made a donation. Then, two months ago, I was visited by Abigail Coleman, Women’s Fund development officer, and advisory board member Marianne Glick—who is one of Indianapolis’ premiere philanthropists. I was so impressed with the organization I doubled our contribution. More importantly, I decided to let the rest of the world know about the extraordinary difference it is making.


August 3, 2013 by Women's Fund

Go ahead and play (a piano!)

GO Ahead & Play interview with Jennifer Pope Baker and GO student Reagan on WFXN-59.


August 2, 2013 by Women's Fund

Indianapolis invited to 'GO Ahead and Play'

Coverage of the launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WTHR 13 and John Duong.


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Piano art: Indianapolis project brings music to the streets

Article about GO Ahead & Play in The Indianapolis Star by Betsy Reason.


August 1, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - August 1, 2013

GO Ahead & Play launches August 1-18 - an opportunity to enjoy 20 pianos artistically transformed by local artists throughout Indianapolis and Carmel. Read an update on the project including recent events, media coverage, and more.


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Pianos on public display around Indianapolis

Coverage of the August 1 launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WRTV 6 and David Franklin.


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Pianos placed in Indy for public use

Coverage of the August 1 launch of Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play by WISH-TV 8 and David Barras.


July 31, 2012 by Women's Fund

Jane Schlegel and Jennifer Pope Baker on Leadership and Women: StoryCorps Interview

Jane Schlegel, 2000-2001 Advisory Board Chair, and Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, share an interview with StoryCorps. Here, they discuss their personal experiences, the historic need for leadership on behalf of women and girls, and the role Women's Fund plays.


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 30, 2013 by Women's Fund

FOCUS: GO Ahead & Play

FOCUS interview with Angela Cain and Abigail Coleman about GO Ahead & Play on WTHR 13.


July 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Domestic Violence Surge Causes Shortage of Shelter Space

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


July 27, 2013 by Women's Fund

GO Ahead & Play Art Display

Interview with Nicole Pence and Jennifer Pope Baker on WTHR 13.


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 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.


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.


May 31, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2013

A monthly update on happenings at Women's Fund.


April 30, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2012

A monthly update of Women's Fund happenings in April.


April 29, 2012 by Women's Fund

Matthew Tully: McIntosh attack on Brooks steps on Women's Fund

Published in The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Written by Matthew Tully.


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 14, 2012 by Women's Fund

Women are still underpaid

Published in Indianapolis Business Journal April 16-22, 2012. A Viewpoint piece about Equal Pay Day, April 17, from Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director, Women's Fund.


April 13, 2011 by Women's Fund

Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

Indiana Business Journal: April 12th is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2011 when women's pay caught up to what men made the previous year.


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 1, 2010 by Women's Fund

"Board Room" column - ORG Magazine

By: Ann D. Murtlow Women's Fund of Central Indiana is a unique and critical organization for our community. As the expert resource for critical issues facing women and girls in central Indiana, Women's Fund adds value in a number of ways:


March 30, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - March 2012

Read our monthly update to learn about what OPTIONS and GO participants were up to in March, as well as a tribute to an important philanthropist in central Indiana.


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 10, 2011 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Family Giving: Enabling Your Family to Make Meaningful Donations

Inside Indiana Business Perspectives Article: In recent decades, nonprofits are being established at record pace in the U.S. While this is benefitting our community and nation, it can make deciding where – and how to invest philanthropically daunting.


March 8, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Study Shows Disparities, Challenges and Opportunities for Central Indiana Women and Girls

Women’s Fund released its latest research on critical issues facing women and girls in central Indiana. Women’s Fund first published On Shaky Ground: Where Women and Girls Stand in Central Indiana in 1996, then published Still on Shaky Ground updates in 2003 and 2006. The 2011 update focuses on Women’s Fund’s three focus areas: Caregiving, Domestic Violence, and Insufficient Income.


February 29, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2012

From Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood, planning events and more, here are just a few Women's Fund highlights from February.


February 25, 2012 by Women's Fund

A 100-year history of instilling character

Indianapolis Star: letter to the editor from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, Women's Fund, regarding Girl Scouts.


February 8, 2017 by Women's Fund

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February 3, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2011 OPTIONS Class

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces its OPTIONS Class Eleven Class for 2011. OPTIONS is one of two philanthropy education programs offered by Women’s Fund.


February 2, 2013 by Women's Fund

Invest in the Ripple Effect

Julie Manning Magid shares an opinion piece with the Indianapolis Business Journal on the importance and benefits of increasing women's presence on boards.


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, 2012 by Women's Fund

New Indiana law will strengthen penalties against child sex trafficking

Published in The Indianapolis Star, written by Barb Berggoetz. Groups take steps to aid victims of this hidden crime.


January 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2012

Welcome to Women. Girls. Central Indiana., a monthly update featuring the latest on women and girls from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


January 23, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces New Advisory Board Members

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana, announces new advisory board members for 2011.


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 Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2012 OPTIONS Class

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces its OPTIONS Class Twelve for 2012. The OPTIONS program engages women ages 25-45 in meaningful exploration of personal and group philanthropy and the needs of women and girls in our community. Members participate in educational classroom sessions and site visits to women and girl serving organizations in central Indiana. To date, OPTIONS members and alumnae have donated more than half a million dollars to support women and girls in central Indiana.


January 16, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2013 Advisory Board Members

Women's Fund announces new Advisory Board members: Brenda S. Horn, Anita Joshi, MD, Melina Kennedy, and Wendy V. Yerkes. Ex-Officio members Lynne Bir and Jennifer Rawe also join, and Julie Manning Magid continues as Chair and Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, as Vice Chair.


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 10, 2012 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2012 Officers and New Advisory Board Members

INDIANAPOLIS – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana, announces new leadership to its 2012 Advisory Board.


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