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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, 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 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 15, 2014 by Women's Fund

End of the Year Perspective

Michele Janin shares her perspectives on Perspectives.


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 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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 6, 2012 by Kelly Young

A Peek at Perspectives

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!


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 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 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 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 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 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.


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 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 19, 2013 by Women's Fund

Tim Bowling, Piano Tuner: the Notes Keep Playing

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.


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 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 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 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 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.


August 26, 2015 by Jennifer Pletcher

Women's Fund Goes to Camp

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.


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, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

We Are Glad You Played!

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.


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 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 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.


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 Abigail Coleman

Accept the Challenge: GO Ahead & Play today!

Starting today, you can visit 20 beautiful, artistic pianos throughout public places in Indianapolis and Carmel.


July 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2012

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


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 25, 2013 by Jennifer Pletcher

Teens become Artists as they GO Wild for Tape!

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!


June 26, 2012 by Jennifer Pletcher

Summer: Childhood Memories and Opportunities

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.


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 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 21, 2012 by Women's Fund

Are Women Better Investors Than Men?

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.


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, 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 5, 2012 by Kelly Young

A Summer of Service With My Kids

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.


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.


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 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 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 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 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, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women and Money (Part 1)

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.


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 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 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 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 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.


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 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 12, 2013 by Kelly Young

Celebrating Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month! Here are a few of my favorite links and stories making news in honor of women this month.


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 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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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, 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 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 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, 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 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 1, 2013 by Kelly Young

Reflecting on 2012

A look at 2012 through some great photos.


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