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.
Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? Read for more!
Meet Jen Jansen: passionate supporter of Women's Fund, family-oriented philanthropist and helper to those in need in central Indiana and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a look back at the month of November for Women's Fund - everything from grants announcement to OPTIONS celebrations and more.
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.
On #GivingTuesday, Kelly Young, OPTIONS alum, is reminded of her "giving plan" and shares how she feels better prepared to give.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brooke Daunhauer reflects on her OPTIONS experience and shares some highlights from the past 10 months.
60 OPTIONS Alumnae gathered to reconnect and learn about current happenings in the community, including the work of Project Home Indy.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on October happenings at Women's Fund - and a look ahead at where you will find Women's Fund in November.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on September happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A blogger, OPTIONS Alumnae and mother of two shares lessons learned while lacing up and training for her first 5k with her daughter.
“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.
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.
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.
Jenny Burch, OPTIONS Class 11 Member, shares her perspective on a visit to Day Nursery's Ruth A Lilly Center.
A site visit hosted by Women's Fund gives 18 women an inside look at the Indiana Women's Prison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on July happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.
Check out a guest blog on the "Inspired Philanthropy" OPTIONS class session - written by Mandy Skelton, OPTIONS Class 12 member.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, reflects on the past 30 years - all of its changes, opportunities... and Diet Coke.
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.
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!
OPTIONS member, Beverly Chu Horton, found Angels working at Craine House, providing hope to women convicted of non-violent offenses.
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.
A site visit and tour of Dress for Success Indianapolis provides great information - and makes it a great day for many!
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.
OPTIONS Class 11 visited Project Home Indy on Tuesday, April 12. Class member Maggie Bowden shares her perspective on the visit.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
See a some great photos of Women's Fund activity, and inspiration, over the past month.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on Women's Fund happenings from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By: Stacy Kult, OPTIONS Class 8. Highlighting the welcome event for OPTIONS Class 11.
Introducing OPTIONS Class 12
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look at 2012 through some great photos.
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- May 18 - What Does it Take to Be Self--Sufficient in Our Community?
- May 04 - Angels Found Working at Craine House
- Apr 27 - A Great Day at Dress for Success
- Apr 19 - Perspectives, Observations and Board Service Experiences
- Apr 13 - Survivors Find Support from The Salvation Army's Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center