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.
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.
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.
Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? What were your favorite moments? Read for more!
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.
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.
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.
WellPoint has supported Women's Fund since 2011, contributing $5,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
Guest Blogger: Angela White, CFRE Senior Consultant and CEO Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update and news from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.
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.
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.
Today we simply want to say THANKS. Read why - and to whom we are thankful in today's blog post.
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.
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.
By Angela E. White, CFRE. Honoring donors and the changes they support in our communities.
Angela E. White, CFRE, asks herself and others "Are you pushing the right buttons to build donor loyalty and increase philanthropic capacity?"
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This month, we are spotlighting OneAmerica Foundation. As a corporate Partner, OneAmerica has supported Women's Fund since 1997, contributing over $10,000.
By: Angela E. White, CFRE Women Give 2010 brings attention to Women in Philanthropy issues.
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.
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".
Angela E. White, CFRE, explores the topic of how parents can instill the spirit of philanthropy in their children.
Women's Fund Advisory Board Member, Maria Quintana, believes women are the backbone of the family.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on September happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
This month, we are spotlighting Saks Fifth Avenue. As a corporate Partner, Saks has supported Women's Fund since 2010, contributing over $20,500.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Guest Blogger: Angela White, CFRE Senior Consultant & CEO Johnson Grossnickle & Associates
“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.
A monthly update on August happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
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.
Women give more generously - and engage with organizations like Women's Fund. Article written by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star.
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.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, shares helpful tips to engage women as philanthropists and in support of your nonprofit.
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.
This month, we are spotlighting Ice Miller LLP. As a corporate Partner, Ice Miller has supported Women's Fund since 2006, contributing $36,500.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent visit to Christamore House revealed their life-changing work to help women on the near west side of Indianapolis become self-sufficient.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.
Angela E. White, CFRE, reflects on the past 30 years - all of its changes, opportunities... and Diet Coke.
Angela E. White, CFRE, talks about creating an emotional bond between your cause and women donors.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
As a mother, past half marathoner, and concerned citizen, Abigail shares her thoughts on the tragedy that struck the city of Boston yesterday.
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.
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?
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.
Women's Fund announces our exciting new initiative. Learn about what's NEXT for women in our community!
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.
Matthew Tully, with The Indianapolis Star, provides a preview of NEXT in his most recent column.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, shares lessons learned and take-aways from the Center on Philanthropy's Symposium, "Women World Wide - Leading Through Philanthropy."
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.
Get to know Cheryl Strain: community volunteer, gardener, grandmother, and Women's Fund donor.
Get to know Sue Tempero, community volunteer, passionate supporter of women's issues, Rotary member, grandparent of six, and Women's Fund donor.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
A monthly update on Women's Fund happenings from Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.