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.
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.
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.
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.
Michele Janin shares her perspectives on Perspectives.
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.
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.
On #GivingTuesday, Kelly Young, OPTIONS alum, is reminded of her "giving plan" and shares how she feels better prepared to give.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm excited to share information about Perspectives - Women's Fund's new philanthropy education program for women 46 and older. If it's going to be anything like OPTIONS, it's going to be amazing!
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.
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.
A monthly update on October happenings at Women's Fund - and a look ahead at where you will find Women's Fund in November.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, talks with three GO participants about their year-long philanthropy project.
Tim Bowling, A Tune Above, shares a beautiful letter reflecting on what his involvement as Piano Tuning Sponsor for the GO Ahead & Play project has meant to him. Tim shares that he has learned about so much more than public art and music, he has learned 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 women headed to Mickey's Camp for an invigorating, empowering and rejuvenating experience - including many of the women from Women's Fund. Jennifer Pletcher shares some insight in today's blog.
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.
We are glad you joined us to play through the GO Ahead & Play public art project. Thanks far and wide to those who joined us in this amazing community experience.
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 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.
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.
Article about GO Ahead & Play in The Indianapolis Star by Betsy Reason.
Starting today, you can visit 20 beautiful, artistic pianos throughout public places in Indianapolis and Carmel.
A monthly update on July happenings at Women's Fund.
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.
GO: Give Back 6th-12th grade students are not only leading GO Ahead & Play... they have become artists, in partnership with Project Home Indy residents, as they transformed a piano using only Duck Tape - and teamwork!
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares her thoughts and resources to help kids have a meaningful summer.
(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.
Elaine E. Bedel, CFP®, shares her thoughts about women and money, focusing on financial planning issues. Today's blog focuses on female investors. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair.
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.
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.
I'm looking forward to a "summer of service" with my kids. And I'll use an important lesson I've learned from Women's Fund: to think thoughtfully and meaningful about the contributions we want to make to our community.
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.
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.
Angela E. White, CFRE, talks about creating an emotional bond between your cause and women donors.
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.
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.
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.
In this two-part series, Elaine E. Bedel, CFP, discusses women and money - what women need to know, why and how to plan. Elaine is a Women's Fund Advisory Board Member and Vice-Chair Elect.
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.
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.
Amelia, 9th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews J.A. Lacy, Emeritus Board member and President and COO of LDI Ltd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Happy Women's History Month! Here are a few of my favorite links and stories making news in honor of women this month.
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.
Hannah, 8th grade GO: Give Back participant, interviews Martha Lamkin, Emeritus Board member and founding mother of Women's Fund.
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.
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.
Jennifer H. Pletcher, Educational Consultant for GO: Give Back - a philanthropy education program, shares some insight into GO and GO Ahead & Play.
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.
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
Have you ever wondered what kids ages 6 - 13 are thinking about money? Their questions and comments may surprise you.
GO: Give Back students created Valentine's Day cards for The Julian Center while learning about - and talking about empathy, compassion and sharing love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
A look at 2012 through some great photos.