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December 31, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Celebrating and Reflecting

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.


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 30, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Destiney. Is She NEXT?

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 and young women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Destiney.


December 29, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Top WF News 2011: Part 2 of 2

Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? What were your favorite moments? Read for more!


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 27, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Top WF News 2011: Part 1 of 2

Women's Fund had a great year. What do you think were the best moments? Read for more!


December 23, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Julie Bowen Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement earlier this 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 Julie Bowen shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


December 21, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

New Name, Same Critical Services

Family Service is changing it's name - to Families First. Their services to provide affordable, professional support services to central Indiana families.


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 19, 2009 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces Officers

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


December 17, 2013 by Women's Fund

NAWBO Visionary Awards

Women entrepreneurs were honored at the annual NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards luncheon -- and Women's Fund was there for the celebration.


December 16, 2015 by Women's Fund

Celebrating a Great Year and New Beginnings

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.


December 15, 2014 by Women's Fund

End of the Year Perspective

Michele Janin shares her perspectives on Perspectives.


December 14, 2010 by Kelly Young

A Special Christmas Party at the Indiana Women's Prison

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.


December 14, 2016 by Women's Fund

Five Ways You Can Support Breast Cancer Research Today

Guest Blogger: Lauren Petersen, OPTIONS 16, Community Activation Manager, TechPoint


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 10, 2009 by Kelly Young

Tis' the Season for Joy Not Pain

I recently read an article about the increased rate of domestic violence during the holidays, which really breaks my heart. The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun with family and friends, not a time for living in fear of violence. “Holiday stress” is no excuse for abuse (nothing is).


December 7, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Making Noise about a Quiet Issue

At Women's Fund we often say domestic violence is a "quiet" issue, not talked about out loud. While the tide has turned somewhat on this, it’s still an issue many of us don’t talk about – or think affects us. While working for Women’s Fund for the past two years, there have been "aha" moments where I learn more about this issue I hadn't come to know until more recently.


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 5, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - November 2013

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.


December 4, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana - November 2012

Here's a look back at the month of November for Women's Fund - everything from grants announcement to OPTIONS celebrations and more.


December 4, 2014 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Year-end Event & State of Women’s Fund

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.


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.


December 2, 2010 by Kelly Young

Q&A with Elcira Villarreal

Women's Fund invites you to get to know our Advisory Board members. Meet Elcira Villarreal. She's a scientist, dedicated volunteer and shares a valuable lesson about respect she learned from her mother.


December 2, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - November 2014

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.


December 2, 2015 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - December

A monthly update and news from Women's Fund of Central Indiana.


November 29, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Year-End Celebration

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.


November 29, 2016 by Deanna Gonzales

Give 20 + Tell 20


November 28, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Ariel. Is She NEXT?

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 and young women who we hope will inspire you with their tenacity, strength, and bold outlook on life. This month meet Ariel.


November 27, 2012 by Women's Fund

New Grants Give More Opportunities to Women and Girls

We are excited to announce we have made grants of $354,413 to benefit 17 organizations in central Indiana. Learn more about the organizations we funded and the important work they are doing in our community.


November 26, 2013 by Women's Fund

Breaking $5 Million Mark Benefiting Women and Girls

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.


November 25, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Being Thankful

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.


November 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Thank you!

Today we simply want to say THANKS. Read why - and to whom we are thankful in today's blog post.


November 25, 2015 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Awards $157,500 to 17 Nonprofits

Women's Fund of Central Indiana announces grants totaling $157,500 to 17 nonprofits investing in women and girls in Central Indiana - that brings their investment to more than $5.5 million.


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 18, 2015 by Kelly Young

Meet Mitzi: A Women's Fund Woman

Mitzi Witchger is an advocate for gender equality, a "Mom Who Made a Difference," a Dreamer, Doer and a Door Opener, and a member of Perspectives Class 1. To say she is passionate about options and opportunities for women and girls is an understatement. Read more about Mitzi.


November 17, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Alumnae Reconnect

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.


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 14, 2012 by Women's Fund

Piano Donations Needed for GO Ahead & Play Project

Due to popular response, piano donations are no longer being accepted for GO Ahead & Play, a project led by middle and high school GO: Give Back students.


November 13, 2012 by Women's Fund

An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes, Obesity Away

Garden on the Go®, a mobile produce program, is one way IU Health is fighting obesity and diabetes in central Indiana. IU Health is November 2012 issue sponsor of Women's Fund Focus newsletter.


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 11, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Honoring Female Veterans

On Veterans Day, we honor the service of men and women to our country. There are some special things to know about female veterans.


November 11, 2010 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Your Giving, Your Legacy

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


November 11, 2011 by Deanna Gonzales

Finding a cure for breast cancer....my gift to science

No one I love has ever been affected by breast cancer. When considering how prevalent breast cancer has become this very likely puts me in the minority and makes me very lucky.


November 10, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Lessons for a Lifetime

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...


November 10, 2011 by Women's Fund

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

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


November 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, 2010 by Women's Fund

2010 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jennifer Pope Baker

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


November 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

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

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


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 2, 2009 by Kelly Young

Discovering

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.


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 30, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Suri: Is She NEXT?

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.


October 28, 2010 by Kelly Young

Turning Point Helps Women Turn Away from Abuse

When one in three American women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, domestic violence is clearly is an issue that touches all of our lives in some way.


October 28, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Wendy Yerkes Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

Women's Fund made a bold announcement earlier this 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 Wendy Yerkes shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


October 25, 2009 by Small Box Admin

Power of Girls: A Life Changing Experience


October 26, 2010 by Women's Fund

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Little Red Door Cancer Agency

By Tanya S. Parrish, MPH, C.H.E.S. Breast cancer screening, prevention, and assistance services can be found at the Little Red Door. Screening and prevention saves lives.


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 24, 2013 by Women's Fund

Kim, Teen Parent, Moves Toward Self-Sufficiency with Support from Project Home Indy

Kim is a 17-year-old teen parent working toward self-sufficiency with needed support from Project Home Indy. Learn more about Kim's story, her struggles, and how Project Home Indy has been able to help her overcome some of the barriers she has faced as a young parent. Part two of a two-part series on teen parents.


October 23, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Indiana Fever Champions Inspire Girls to Imagine Possibilities

Indiana Fever earn a WNBA title and inspire girls, and countless others in the community, in the process.


October 21, 2014 by Women's Fund

Dispelling the Myth That Hunger is Just an Issue for Indy's Homeless

Recently GO participants dug a little deeper into the issue of homelessness by examining food insecurity as part of a larger challenge for those living in poverty. One youth shares her perspective on the issue.


October 19, 2009 by Kelly Young

Becoming Passionately Pink

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".


October 19, 2010 by Kelly Young

A Week Without Violence

YWCA has deemed this week as the Week Without Violence - an opportunity to shine a light on the critical need to end violence against women. Find out what's being done locally to raise awareness of this critical issue - and learn what Women's Fund is doing through one of its core issues: Domestic Violence.


October 18, 2011 by Kelly Young

Film About Domestic Violence Inspires Audiences

The film, Crime After Crime, is an incredibly moving story about an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. The director hopes to spark a national conversation about women who are victims of abuse and wrongful imprisonment. The must-see film is screening at Heartland Film Festival this week.


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 15, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

Business Ownership Initiative - Another WF Success Story

With the help of the bold and transformative Women's Fund grant, Business Ownership Initiative has grown into a big, broad organization, offering one on one business counseling services, planning, and workshops to help people with any of their small business educational and support needs.


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 12, 2009 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Awards $337,500 to Organizations Supporting Caregiving, Domestic Violence and Insufficient Income

(Indianapolis) Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $337,500 to organizations giving opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to women and girls in central Indiana. The grants, awarded to 13 organizations, target central Indiana’s organizations focused on caregiving, domestic violence and insufficient income.


October 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.


October 10, 2013 by Women's Fund

Children's Museum Guild Visits Grantee

Melanie Fitzgerald shares her experience with The Children's Museum Guild and the fun of visiting Women's Fund grantees.


October 9, 2010 by Women's Fund

IPL chief Ann Murtlow is 'personable' power

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


October 9, 2012 by Women's Fund

Seeds of Hope: Where a Life of Addiction Ends and a Life of Hope Begins

Julie Bowen, Community Volunteer, Advisory Board member and OPTIONS Alumna, writes about her recent visit to Seeds of Hope, a residential recovery home for women facing addictions.


October 9, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Juliana Meyer

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.


October 7, 2009 by Kelly Young

Friendships Made; Experiences Gained - Your OPTION

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.


October 7, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

No Small Task: Grantmaking Process is Challenging but Rewarding

An insider's look at the grantmaking process, including how grants are decided upon and the results these grants hope to achieve.


October 7, 2014 by Women's Fund

A Snapshot of The Power of Women's Fund Philanthropy Event

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.


October 6, 2010 by Women's Fund

Johnson County Nonprofits to Receive $30,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to Benefit Women and Girls

(Oct. 6 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $30,000 to two women and girl serving organizations serving Johnson County. Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson Co. and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services received $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.


October 6, 2010 by Women's Fund

Shelby County Nonprofits to Receive $30,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to Benefit Women and Girls

(Oct. 6 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded $30,000 to two women and girl serving organizations serving Shelby County. Shelby Community Health Center and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services received $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. They were among 18 organizations awarded grants targeting central Indiana organizations focused on caregiving, domestic violence, insufficient income, health and self-development.


October 5, 2010 by Women's Fund

Prevail, Inc. Receives $46,000 from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

(Oct. 5 -- Indianapolis) – Prevail, Inc. was recently awarded a $46,000 grant from Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to help serve victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County. The grant is the single largest grant Women’s Fund has made in Hamilton County. The funds will be used to provide education on safe relationships to students throughout Hamilton County and ongoing support for teens who have been sexually assaulted.


October 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Grants More Than $300,000 to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

(Oct. 3 -- Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced today that its board approved grants totaling $331,000 to 18 organizations throughout central Indiana.


October 4, 2012 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Women Gather at Class Connector

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.


October 2, 2012 by Women's Fund

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

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


October 2, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - September 2012

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


October 2, 2014 by Julie Koegel

Legal Services Necessary to Break the Violence Cycle

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), it's fitting to highlight the amazing work one Women's Fund grantee is doing to "make the victim as whole as possible."


October 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

OPTIONS Visits Exodus Refugee Immigration

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.


September 30, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Shining a Light on a Quiet Issue

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thanks to initiatives like Shattering the Silence, led by Angela Caine at WTHR Channel 13, domestic violence is more openly discussed in our community. As one of our primary funding areas, Women's Fund welcomes opportunities to shine a light on domestic violence and its impact on our community.


September 30, 2010 by Women's Fund

GO Participants Explore The Power of Half through Grantmaking

Read a Q&A with Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, about the GO Fall Educational Sessions and the grantmaking process in which GO participants engaged.


September 28, 2009 by Kelly Young

Funding Cut; Women's Fund Refuses to See Women at Risk

This week I learned from Women's Fund that they are involved in trying to save a critical program in our community. Women's Fund stepped in after the Julian Center learned the Department of Justice is cutting funding for "The Grants to Encourage Arrests" program – a program credited with having a significant impact on saving lives and keeping women safe.


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 26, 2013 by Women's Fund

Meet Lucy Aquilano: Community Volunteer and Philanthropist

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.


September 25, 2012 by Women's Fund

Planned Parenthood: There When I Needed Them

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.


September 23, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Bank on Indy

How did you first learn about managing money? At some point, you probably learned something about the value of money and keeping it safe. Through economic literacy programs at local Girls Inc. chapters, for example, many central Indiana girls are developing money management skills at an early age.


September 24, 2011 by Women's Fund

More than 150 donate tissue for "Super Cure"

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


September 23, 2014 by Kelly Young

Geena Davis. NEXT. Clinton Global Initiative. And More!

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.


September 21, 2010 by Kelly Young

Project Home Indy

Project Home Indy, a Women's Fund grantee, aims to provide a nurturing residential environment for homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting gain self-sufficiency. Statistics from Still on Shaky Ground highlight the critical need for this organization.


September 20, 2011 by Women's Fund

A Visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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.


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 20, 2016 by Women's Fund

Dedicated to supporting victims of abuse

Guest Blogger: Emily Hervey, Engagement and Projects Director, IndyStar/USA TODAY Network


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 18, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Alexis: Is She NEXT?

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 Alexis.


September 17, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Poverty Rate Climbs... Impacting Women and Their Families

"Poverty Rate Climbs". The headline of an article in today's Indianapolis Star is not surprising, given the economic situation in recent times. The reality of the impact poverty has on individuals, families, and our community is grim. The article reported on 2009 statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent or 43.6 million people in 2009, up from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people in 2008. In Indiana specifically, the poverty rate rose from 12.9 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent in 2009, higher than every neighboring state except Kentucky.


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 16, 2014 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Sara Morris

“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.


September 14, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Are You Hungry?

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.


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 12, 2013 by Jennifer Pletcher

Celebrating the GO Ahead & Play Spirit!

GO: Give Back students have a lot to celebrate, after leading the GO Ahead & Play project. Jennifer Pletcher highlights the older students' celebration and reflection on the project and gives insight into the younger students' educational session during GO sessions last weekend.


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 10, 2013 by Kelly Young

Lessons Learned While Lacing Up for My First 5K with My Daughter

A blogger, OPTIONS Alumnae and mother of two shares lessons learned while lacing up and training for her first 5k with her daughter.


September 5, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Carin McBroom

“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.


September 2, 2009 by Kelly Young

Go Girl!

Driving home from a meeting with Women’s Fund, I found myself comparing them to an event I participated in over the weekend. On Saturday, I was one of 500 women who participated in the Go Girl Triathlon, an event benefiting the Julian Center


September 2, 2009 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

D. Emily Frank - Chef and Physician Extraordinaire

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.


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.


September 1, 2016 by Women's Fund

Safe Haven for Domestic Violence Victims

Guest Blogger: Lorene Burkhart


August 31, 2011 by Women's Fund

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

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


August 30, 2011 by Women's Fund

One for the Bucket List (sort of)

Wendy McNamar, Women's Fund Special Projects Coordinator, shares her experience - and the excitement - of participating in the Go Girl Triathlon with a team from Women's Fund.


August 30, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - August 2013

Jennifer was asked about her favorite story of GO Ahead & Play, and it is impossible to share just one. I am going to use this opportunity to share some great stories with you... in no particular order


August 27, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Happy (belated) Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day was August 26. What progress have women made, and what challenges must we continue to address?


August 26, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Recognized by Integrating Woman Leaders

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.


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 24, 2010 by Kelly Young

I Walked in the Shoes of a Struggling Woman – and Walked Away Relieved

Women's Fund hosted a program called "Take a Walk in Her Shoes" which allowed participants the opportunity to become a woman in our community faced with complications, obstacles and barriers, struggling to get by. Our job was to try and navigate the social services available to people trying to escape poverty.


August 22, 2012 by Women's Fund

Older women donate more than men do to charity, IU report says

Women give more generously - and engage with organizations like Women's Fund. Article written by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star.


August 22, 2013 by Women's Fund

How can Twitter help you be a better volunteer and donor?

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.


August 22, 2014 by Women's Fund

An Emotional and Powerful Visit with Young Parenting and Pregnant Teens

During a recent site visit to Health and Hospital Corp., women from Women's Fund met pregnant and parenting teens and learned how one program is helping young mothers. Lily Pai, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, shares her experience in this 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 19, 2014 by Jennifer Pletcher

Meet Yulissa. Is She NEXT?

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. The women you will meet have made it through the 18-24 year-old phase of life and are successful, or not, they are 18-24 and struggling, they are going to be 18 soon and unsure of what is next for them ... 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 Yulissa.


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 15, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Three Days Left to GO Ahead & Play

Only three days remain to GO Ahead & Play 20 pianos transformed by local artists: don't miss out! You don't need to know how, just play and enjoy!


August 14, 2012 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Dan Philpott

Meet Dan Philpott, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, banker, and a father who strives to prepare his children - and others, through Women's Fund outreach programs.


August 13, 2013 by Women's Fund

Forest Manor Multi-Service Center is a Hub for Indianapolis' East Side

F. Brooke Dunn, OPTIONS Alumnae - Class 12 and Revenue Manager, Gene B. Glick Company, reflects on a recent visit to Forest Manor Multi-Service Center - Women's Fund grantee and host to a GO Ahead & Play piano.


August 12, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Tuti Scott 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 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 Tuti Scott shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


August 10, 2009 by Abigail Coleman

Planning For Impact

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.


August 11, 2010 by Women's Fund

Concerns About Early Puberty

By: Emily Frank, MD - OPTIONS Alumnae member This week the news outlets all carried the same scary story: young girls are beginning puberty at an alarmingly young age. Early puberty is defined as the development of sexual characteristics before age 7 in girls. An article published in the journal Pediatrics this week reports on a large study of nearly 1200 young females from across the nation.


August 8, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

The Beat Goes On

A few highlights from the past few days of GO Ahead & Play


August 7, 2011 by Women's Fund

Lack of Space in Shelters Creates Crisis for Women

Indianapolis Star: Lack of space in shelters creates crisis for women. Letter from Ann Murtlow and Jennifer Pope Baker about recent domestic violence crisis.


August 7, 2013 by Women's Fund

Piano Donations

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


August 7, 2014 by Kelly Young

Everyday Woman Experiences Abuse Every Day

Through my work with Women’s Fund I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a number of different women. I’m learning through these women that these stories of extreme trauma and abuse are not uncommon. I’m learning that more and more women need help. Meet Sarah, a “Carmel mom” who was so entrenched in her life she couldn’t see the cycle of abuse.


August 6, 2013 by Women's Fund

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

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


August 6, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Story Telling with Pianos

Each GO Ahead & Play piano tells a story... and it turns out, each of these pianos on public display is helping to create new stories, all across central Indiana.


August 5, 2013 by Women's Fund

GO Ahead & Play - Indy Style Show

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


August 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 5, 2015 by Women's Fund

Living Poor and Insecure in Indiana

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.


August 4, 2010 by Women's Fund

Putting Women on the Path to Success

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


August 3, 2013 by Women's Fund

Go ahead and play (a piano!)

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


August 2, 2011 by Kelly Young

Victims of Abuse are in Danger if We Don’t Help

Victims of domestic violence are in desperate need of help. A shortage of shelter space may cause women and children to be placed in a dangerous situation. There are simple things we can do to help make a difference - and possibly save a life.


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 2, 2013 by Women's Fund

Indianapolis invited to 'GO Ahead and Play'

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


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Piano art: Indianapolis project brings music to the streets

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


August 1, 2013 by 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.


August 1, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

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

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


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Pianos on public display around Indianapolis

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


August 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Pianos placed in Indy for public use

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


July 31, 2012 by Women's Fund

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

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


July 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - July 2012

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


July 31, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Jennifer Dzwonar 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 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 Jennifer Young Dzwonar shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


July 30, 2011 by Women's Fund

Scary Refrain: We Can't Help You Now

Indianapolis Star: Scary refrain: we can't help you right now - demand forces some women's shelters to start waiting lists; Women's Fund provides $10,000 to help.


July 30, 2013 by Women's Fund

It's not all about pianos and yarn.

Annette Marino shares her perspective in being involved with the GO Ahead & Play project. Annette - or Stockannette - and The Yarnburners transformed a piano by "yarnbombing" it, or knitting and crocheting a cover with pink and white yarn. Visit their piano in front of Emmis Communications on Monument Circle, August 1-18.


July 30, 2013 by Women's Fund

FOCUS: GO Ahead & Play

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


July 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Domestic Violence Surge Causes Shortage of Shelter Space

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


July 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 27, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

34 North Gives Victims New Direction

34 North: the name sounded like a trendy restaurant or condo complex when I first heard it. It's actually the name of a new apartment complex on Meridian Street, a transitional housing facility for The Julian Center. This facility provides a safe and supportive housing community for domestic violence victims as they re-establish themselves and is an affordable housing option for community members.


July 27, 2013 by Women's Fund

GO Ahead & Play Art Display

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


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!


July 24, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Imagining a Nation Where Family Leave is Not Questioned

Family leave is a hotly debated topic, and even moreso in recent months with statements made by prominent executive mothers. Creating and growing policies that work for more families and employers is critical and needs additional attention.


July 23, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

One Day, Two Great Events!

One day, two not-to-miss GO Ahead & Play piano preview events, this Saturday July 27th!


July 22, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Theodora House Helps Female Offenders

Can you imagine being in prison, close to being released, and having to figure out how to pick up the pieces and restart your life when you return home? I can't. As if the challenges around being in prison are not great enough, it is even more difficult to rejoin society as a productive citizen, free of the barriers and issues an offender had when entering the system.


July 18, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Behind the Scenes: Piano #12's Artistic Transformation

GO Ahead & Play Piano #12 has undergone an amazing transformation since its first appearance on the blog in June. See photos of its artist Angie Brooks' beautiful work and hear from Piano #12 as it narrates the last several weeks in the workshop.


July 17, 2011 by Women's Fund

Young Moms Get a Home of Their Own

Indianapolis Star: Young moms get a home of their own at Project Home Indy.


July 17, 2012 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Sara Corya

Get to know Sara A. Corya, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, mother, avid traveler, and Sr. Director, Global Medical Affairs, and Development for Eli Lilly and Company.


July 17, 2014 by Women's Fund

Tully: Seeking ideas to help young women

Matthew Tully features Women's Fund and NEXT in his latest column.


July 16, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Karen Gentleman and Gentleman McCarty

"Getting Down to Business" is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in cental Indiana. This month, we are excited to feature Karen Gentleman, owner of Gentleman McCarty and one of the "founding mothers" of Women's Fund.


July 15, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Kelsey. Is She NEXT?

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 Kelsey.


July 14, 2011 by Women's Fund

Super Bowl Committee to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Inside Indiana Business: The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is teaming up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center for a major initiative. "Indy's Super Cure" aims to increase diversity of breast tissue donations and fundraising for advance breast cancer research.


July 12, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Jill

Read a letter from Jill, a Dove Recovery House client, sharing insight into her path to recovery and self sufficiency.


July 11, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

Connecting the Dots

A reflection on the artistic process as Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play artists wrap up their work in the Women's Fund Workshop. This week, meet artists Sheryl Smith Hays and Aaron Underwood.


July 10, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Dove Recovery House: A Letter from Joyce

Read a letter from Joyce, describing her journey to recovery and self sufficiency with the guidance of Dove Recovery House.


July 6, 2009 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence: Educating Children

The domestic violence statistics continue to be staggering. The only thing new to me lately is the attention the most recent violence has received in the media. Unfortunately, domestic violence occurs every day all across this city; families of every socio-economic background experience violence in their homes. Why?


July 6, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

UN Women Reflects Goals for Women Everywhere

I was intrigued to learn about the United Nation's vote on Friday to establish UN Women. The goals of this entity are to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. I'm truly excited about a new international platform to address issues impacting women, and I hope this effort is successful in accomplishing its goals.


July 5, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Coburn Place is an Invaluable Safe Haven

Julie Koegel shares reflections after a recent site visit to Women's Fund Grantee Coburn Place.


July 2, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - June 2013

A monthly update of happenings at Women's Fund of Indiana - June, 2013.


July 1, 2010 by Kelly Young

Grantee Highlight: Prevail, Inc. Serves Victims of Abuse

Women's Fund provides support to Prevail, Inc. to help victims of domestic violence in Hamilton Co.


June 27, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

Serendipity...

This week at the Women's Fund Workshop, read about who has finished their pianos, what food has been a source of bonding, and featured artists, Cathy Morris and Sara Pugh


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 26, 2014 by Kelly Young

Meet Brenda. Is She NEXT?

Each month, we will introduce you to someone who fits the profile of the women we hope to serve through the NEXT Initiative. The women you will meet have made it through the 18-24 year-old phase of life and are successful, or not, they are 18-24 and struggling, they are going to be 18 soon and unsure of what is next for them ... 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 Brenda.


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 24, 2010 by Women's Fund

Lawrence Taylor's failures reflect our own

Contributed by Women's Funding Network Hall of Fame linebacker and Dancing With the Stars personality, Lawrence Taylor, may face up to four years in jail. Taylor is accused of third degree rape after having paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl in May. His next court appearance was scheduled today, June 24.


June 24, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Karen Gentleman 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 Karen Gentleman shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


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 22, 2016 by Jennifer Pletcher

What's NEXT this summer


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 20, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

12 Days to Go...

The countdown of the artists' last days in the Women's Fund Workshop is short, as only 12 days remain. This week, meet Ash Robinson, Megan Kirby, and Charity Counts and see photos of their fabulous work.


June 19, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part II

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.


June 17, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women, Alcohol and OA Book Club: Part I

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.


June 13, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

A Study in Opposites

GO Ahead & Play features artists of many types! This week, meet JanettMarie and Annette Marino.


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, 2013 by Julie Koegel

Visiting a Center Where Neighbors Help Neighbors

Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana, shares some information about a recent visit to Southeast Community Services, where the group learned more about a program designed to break the cycle of crime and self-sufficiency among female ex-offenders.


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 7, 2011 by Kelly Young

Free Medical Care for Women

One local organization is helping women in its community get quality medical care - even if they can't afford it.


June 7, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Encouraging Healthy Bodies and Minds

Have you checked in on the state of your body and mind recently? Learn about some initiatives to help women and girls feel good about themselves, inside and out!


June 6, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

A Summer Must: Meet Piano #12 (and its artist Angie Brooks)

Piano #12: a personality of its own. Meet #12, learn about this GO Ahead & Play piano's journey from the Eckel family home to the Women's Fund Workshop, and learn about the artist transforming #12 for public display.


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 5, 2014 by Women's Fund

Film Reflects Real Stories of Homeless, Pregnant Teens

Perspectives Alumnae screened the film Gimme Shelter and then heard real-life stories from pregnant teens from Project Home Indy. Cynthia Rallis shares her perspectives from last month's Perspectives event.


June 4, 2013 by Women's Fund

Changing the Conversation about Rape – What parents need to do to protect their children from being raped or becoming a rapist

Anita M. Carpenter and Karen A. Duncan, Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, share a special feature blog on the depth, pervasiveness, and complexity of rape culture within our society. Learn about this issue among teens and young adults, including victim blaming and the role of social media, and read steps of how parents can take deliberate measures to help prevent rape from occurring.


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.


June 1, 2010 by Women's Fund

Hawthorne Community Center is the heart of its neighborhood

Contributed by Julie Rowlas, Community Volunteer. A few days ago I shared the experience of visiting Hawthorne Community Center with some friends and new acquaintances I’ve met through my volunteer activities with Women’s Fund. It was a beautiful day and the center was bustling with activity as it was assuming its role to be the neighborhood children’s cornerstone for the summer.


May 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2012

A monthly update on happenings in Women's Fund this May.


May 31, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - May 2013

A monthly update on happenings at Women's Fund.


May 30, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

Karma in Action

The Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play project demonstrates Karma through the work of so talented artists giving generously of their time and talent. Meet Jamie Price and Erin Salewicz


May 30, 2014 by Kelly Young

Are These Horrible Headlines Real?

These horrible headlines are chilling and unreal - yet real! So where is the bubble I can put my daughter in to protect her?


May 28, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business with Elaine Bedel and Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

"Getting Down to Business" is our monthly feature of female entrepreneurs in cental Indiana. This month, we are excited to feature Elaine Bedel, president and founder of Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., speaker, author, advocate, world traveler and Advisory Board Vice Chair of Women's Fund.


May 27, 2015 by Women's Fund

A Visit to Trinity Free Clinic Offers Information and Insight

Perspectives Class 3 member and community volunteer, Linda Joy, shares her "perspectives" on a recent site visit to the Trinity Free Clinic. Read more in today's blog post.


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 23, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

How Many People Does it Take to Create Art?

People age 3-73 joined GO: Give Back students to transform a piano for GO Ahead & Play at the Broad Ripple Art Fair last weekend... Which begs the question - how many people does it take to create art?


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 19, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Dress for Success Highlighted on National Makeover Day

Today is "National Makeover Day" on QVC, featuring Dress for Success and the stories of clients, including two local women, Clara and Lynette. Clara (pictured right) was featured this morning; Lynette will be featured tonight at 11 p.m.


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 16, 2013 by Women's Fund

Ladies and Gentlemen... Start Your Glue Guns!

1st-5th grade GO: Give Back students use their creativity to begin transforming a piano into a "Hidden Objects" seek and find. See a sneak peak of their work from last weekend and read the students' reactions.


May 14, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Wendy Yerkes

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.


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 13, 2015 by Women's Fund

What Would Deborah Hearn Smith Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

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.


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 10, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

History in the Making: Sixteen Years of Growth and Success

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!


May 9, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

A Steady Pace...

Read how GO Ahead & Play artists may have something in common with last week's Mini Marathon participants, and get to know artists Pam Fraizer and Cheryl Lorance.


May 8, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Sweet Sixteen Celebration Gathers Dynamic Group of Leaders

Women's Fund celebrated our "Sweet Sixteen" anniversary with past and current board members. View a few photos of these dynamic community leaders and read their hopes for the next sixteen years of Women's Fund and why Women's Fund is important to them.


May 8, 2014 by Kelly Young

Bring Back Our Girls

I have an 11-year-old daughter and the horrific news of the nearly 300 girls in Nigera who have been kidnapped hits closer to home. I am heartbroken and outraged - and I want to help #BringBackOurGirls!


May 7, 2013 by Women's Fund

Simple Ways to Improve Health Your Today!

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!


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 2, 2013 by Kristen Merritt

Introducing Angelina Fielding and Nancy Peterson, GO Ahead & Play Artists

Kristen Merritt, Women's Fund Workshop Manager for the GO Ahead & Play project, introduces two piano artists, Angelina Fielding and Nancy Peterson, and their unique inspiration.


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, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - April 2012

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


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 29, 2012 by Women's Fund

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

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


April 29, 2014 by Women's Fund

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevail, a Women's Fund grantee, shares some startling stats we hope will move you toward joining us in our commitment to reduce violence against women and girls in central Indiana.


April 28, 2011 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Charlie Morgan

Get to know Charlie Morgan, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, community volunteer, father, and communications guru.


April 26, 2012 by Kelly Young

Serious (and very scary) Stats Shared During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. After reading some alarming statistics, I think it should be an issue we pay close attention to year-round in order to better protect young girls.


April 23, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Too Many Children are Victims

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In this blog post, Abigail explores the issue and asks the question: will you help?


April 21, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

April 18-24 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time focused on recognizing the rights of crime victims and raising awareness on ways to help victims.


April 21, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Take Action in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn about who is impacted by sexual assault and how you can help.


April 19, 2010 by Hannah Kaufman Joseph

Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month. Experts report that Americans carry more than $2 trillion in consumer debt, which is more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of some countries. While those numbers are outrageous, they are also completely understandable. In this economy, we are living paycheck to paycheck, and using credit cards to bridge the gaps.


April 19, 2010 by Women's Fund

Teach them that violence has no place in good relationship

A Letter to the Editor regarding Heather's Law, as published in The Indianapolis Star. As an advocate in the effort to prevent teen violence and keep our community's children safe, I was pleased to learn that earlier this week Governor Mitch Daniels signed “Heather’s Law” – a bill enabling schools to address dating violence through education programs and policies for students in 6 through 12 grade.


April 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 18, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business: Kari Strolberg and Eventful Marketing Solutions

“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.


April 16, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

When Tragedy Strikes, Philanthropic Spirit Prevails

As a mother, past half marathoner, and concerned citizen, Abigail shares her thoughts on the tragedy that struck the city of Boston yesterday.


April 14, 2010 by Kelly Young

Celebrating the Health of African American Women

April is National Minority Health Month — an opportunity for us to raise awareness about the wide range of health disparities among African Americans.


April 15, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Would Emily 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 Dr. Emily Walvoord shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


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 14, 2012 by Women's Fund

Women are still underpaid

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


April 12, 2010 by Kelly Young

New Law Designed to Prevent Teen Violence

Over the years, Central Indiana has experienced an increase in teen girls who are in more violent relationships. In 2005, 13.5% of Indiana high school girls reported they had experienced dating violence (had been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend) in the last 12 months. This translates to approximately 5,000 Indianapolis area girls, ages 15-18, who experienced dating violence in one year alone.


April 13, 2011 by Women's Fund

Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

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


April 12, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Inequality on Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day, a national observation of the day when women "catch up" to men's earnings the previous year, on average. Locally, women make even less than the average.


April 10, 2010 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund aims to build endowment to $20 million

By: Kathleen McLaughlin, Indianapolis Business Journal. The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently completed an endowment drive that raised $7 million, making the endowment one of the largest of its kind in terms of assets. Now at $11.6 million, Women’s Fund focuses its giving in three areas: access to quality child care, eliminating domestic violence, and building sufficient incomes for women. It plans to make grants totaling about $500,000 this year.


April 10, 2012 by Kelly Young

Internet Safety Concerns for Girls (and Women)

Recent news about the use of internet has me worried for myself, my daughter and my friends. I have a few ideas to help, but welcome more.


April 10, 2014 by Julie Koegel

Ending Domestic Violence

Grants Officer Julie Koegel shares some startling stats and what one Women's Fund grantee is doing to end domestic violence.


April 8, 2015 by Women's Fund

What Would Susan Ferguson Tell Her 18-Year-Old Self

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 Susan Ferguson, Executive Director, Prevail, shares what she would tell her 18-year-old self.


April 6, 2010 by Kelly Young

Inspired By a Victim of Child Abuse

Last week I attended a kick-off event for Child Abuse Prevention Month, hosted in partnership by Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and The Villages. Throughout the event, child advocates spoke about the importance of child abuse prevention and the devastating cycle of domestic violence. Statistics shared were stark. Each year, more than 20,000 Hoosier children are abused and neglected – that equates to 56 children being harmed every day and one child each week losing his or her young life to child abuse.


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 4, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Melina Kennedy

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 Melina Kennedy - a mother, community volunteer, communications professional, advocate for women and girls, and former competitive figure skater who still loves to skate.


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.


April 3, 2014 by Women's Fund

A Perspective on Refugees in Central Indiana

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.


April 2, 2013 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - March 2013

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.


April 1, 2010 by Women's Fund

"Board Room" column - ORG Magazine

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


April 1, 2015 by Kelly Young

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Marva

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.


March 31, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Round is a Shape

Celebrate National Nutrition Month. How are you living healthfully through balanced nutrition?


March 31, 2014 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women's Fund: BIG Announcement

Women's Fund announces our exciting new initiative. Learn about what's NEXT for women in our community!


March 30, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - March 2012

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


March 29, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces More than $100,000 in Corporate Support to Benefit Women and Girls in Central Indiana

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, considered the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls, announces their most recent list of corporate partners that have made a significant commitment to women and girls in central Indiana – a commitment totaling nearly $120,000 in 2011.


March 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Tully: New effort poised to help young women

Matthew Tully, with The Indianapolis Star, provides a preview of NEXT in his most recent column.


March 25, 2015 by Women's Fund

The Power of Words

Jordan, a 4th grade GO student, shares her experience and lessons learned from the launch of Rabbi Sandy Sasso's latest children's book, Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.


March 24, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 2 of 2

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.


March 22, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

OPTIONS Perspective: The Julian Center - Part 1 of 2

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.


March 21, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Lynne Bir

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.


March 20, 2014 by Women's Fund

Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?

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."


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 18, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society. It's only fitting to pay tribute, as we have through our blog recently, to women such as the WWII WASPs and female black civil rights workers, in honor of their tireless efforts to provide a foundation for women's success today.


March 18, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Cory and Susie

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.


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 10, 2011 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Family Giving: Enabling Your Family to Make Meaningful Donations

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


March 10, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Women and Girls in Central Indiana: Still on Shaky Ground

Still on Shaky Ground 2011 reveals, although progress has been made in areas of caregiving, domestic violence, and insufficient income, there is much progress yet to be made.


March 8, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Today: International Women's Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD), a day where internationally, we celebrate women. Learn about this year's theme and the central Indiana connection.


March 8, 2011 by Women's Fund

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

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


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 5, 2013 by Women's Fund

Coburn Place Safe Haven: a Safe Home and a New Start

Crystal Livers-Powers, Community Volunteer and Women's Fund Communications Advisory Committee member, shares her perspective on a recent site visit to Coburn Place Safe Haven. Learn how she connected her mother's advice to her experience on the visit.


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.


March 3, 2015 by Women's Fund

A Cry for Help

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.


March 1, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February Update

Welcome to our 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.


February 29, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - February 2012

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


February 28, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Startling Domestic Violence Stats and the Work Being Done to Support Victims

By: Julie K. Koegel, Grants Officer for Women's Fund of Central Indiana


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 25, 2012 by Women's Fund

A 100-year history of instilling character

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


February 25, 2014 by Women's Fund

Getting Down to Business with Lalaine Smith

“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.


February 23, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Celebrating Donors and Their impact

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.


February 23, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Honoring Black Women in History

February marks Black History Month, a time dedicated to reflect on the contributions made by women, men, and children in black history.


February 22, 2011 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Julie Eskenazi

Get to know Julie Eskenazi, Women's Fund Advisory Board member, member of OPTIONS Class 7, and community volunteer.


February 19, 2013 by Women's Fund

Trends for 2013 - What's Trending for You?

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.


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 18, 2014 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund Supports Dress for Success Indianapolis from Day 1

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.


February 17, 2015 by Women's Fund

Proud to be a GO Student!

A meeting with other GO teens reminds Hannah why she is proud to be a GO student and why organizations like Women's Fund, places like The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and books like Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree inspire her.


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, 2013 by Women's Fund

Getting to Know Lily Pai

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 Lily Pai - an architect & design consultant, volunteer, ex-officio Advisory Board member, OPTIONS 12 alumnae member, and award-winning jewelry-maker.


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 12, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Freeze Frame: Photos of the Month!

See a some great photos of Women's Fund activity, and inspiration, over the past month.


February 11, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Raising Awareness for Issues We Care About

For those not familiar with 2-1-1, think of it as 9-1-1 for social service needs. It is a national dialing code, accessible in many areas nationwide. 2-1-1 Connect2Help locally fields calls for individuals in central Indiana needing direct assistance in areas of health and human service, helping provide information and assistance around food, utilities, shelter, counseling, and finding safety from violent situations.


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 10, 2015 by Kelly Young

Artists, a Friend and a Stranger All Share Stories of Abuse

Moved by recent stories of abuse involving a local artist, a national artist, a close friend and a stranger, blogger Kelly Young hopes to raise awareness of violence against women and the work being done through Women's Fund and its grantees to make a difference.


February 9, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Healthy Relationships: Among Many Ways to be Healthy

Recently we posted a question to our Women's Fund Facebook fans: "What makes you feel fit and healthy?" It was awesome to see the diverse responses of many of our fans.


February 9, 2012 by Kelly Young

Women are the losers among Komen vs. Planned Parenthood battle

Maybe the battle between Komen vs Planned Parenthood is an opportunity for all of us to become more informed, more empowered and more supportive of women’s health issues.


February 8, 2017 by Women's Fund

Press Release - February 8, 2017


February 7, 2013 by Kelly Young

Getting Down to Business: Becca Hanson and 14 Districts

“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.


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 5, 2015 by Kelly Young

Get to Know Women's Fund Women: Meet Judy Phillips

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 Judy Phillips, an IMPD Sergeant and member of Perspectives Class 1. Find out how after running 195 miles she became involved with Women's Fund - and what keeps her involved.


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 3, 2011 by Kelly Young

Go Red for Women - We Are!

Women's Fund of Central Indiana encourages women to have all-around health. This month the spotlight is on raising awareness of heart disease – the number one killer of women.


February 3, 2011 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2011 OPTIONS Class

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


February 2, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - A Monthly Update

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.


February 2, 2013 by Women's Fund

Invest in the Ripple Effect

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


February 1, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Prevail Provides Jarring Insight into World of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Learn about Women's Fund's recent visit to Prevail, Inc., which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hamilton and surrounding counties.


February 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play: Call for Artists

Women's Fund of Central Indiana is seeking artists to decorate pianos for a student-led public art project, GO Ahead & Play. Applications are due by February 28, 2013, at 12 p.m.


February 1, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Announces Invitation to Artists to Help Bring Pop-Up Pianos to Life

Women’s Fund Announces Invitation to Artists to Help Bring Pop-Up Pianos to Life as Part of its Student-Led GO Ahead & Play Project.


January 31, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Indy's Super Cure Success!

Indy's Super Cure collected donations from 700 women last weekend! As a volunteer, I appreciated the experience on multiple levels.


January 31, 2012 by Women's Fund

New Indiana law will strengthen penalties against child sex trafficking

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


January 31, 2012 by Jennifer Pope Baker

Women. Girls. Central Indiana. - January 2012

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


January 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, 2010 by Abigail Coleman

Unemployment Impacts Women

Last week, the December statistics were released for unemployment. In Indiana, the rate has stayed steady at 9.6 percent, while nationally the rate is 10 percent. Unemployment in this time is directly impacting men more than ever, and women are more frequently the only income provider for their household.


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 25, 2011 by Women's Fund

Q&A with Sue Russell

Get to know Sue Russell, Ex-Officio member of the Women's Fund Advisory Board, member of OPTIONS Class 10, and founder and CEO of Mayfair Lane.


January 24, 2012 by Kelly Young

Mom, I'm Fat

"Mom, I'm Fat!" Sadly, it's a comment many mom's may hear. In fact, it's an issue I'm facing right now with my 9-year-old. I truly enjoyed reading how this mom responded when faced with the question. It inspired me and made me think differently about being open, honest and silly with my daughter. I hope it inspires others.


January 24, 2013 by Women's Fund

Volunteer to Make a Difference: Mentor at IPS

Mentoring is an important way to build a child's confidence and success. Read for a special opportunity to volunteer as a mentor for girls at an IPS school!


January 23, 2011 by Women's Fund

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

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


January 23, 2014 by Women's Fund

What Emi 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. Read what Emi Osterhaus would tell her 18-year-old self.


January 22, 2013 by Abigail Coleman

Are We Standing Up to Violence?

Learn about the Violence Against Women Act, which was not renewed this year, what this means for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and our community, and how you can help.


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, 2012 by Julie Koegel

Human Trafficking is Unfortunately Here

Human trafficking is here – you may not see it, but it is happening in our community. Women's Fund is one of several organizations working to raise awareness and prevention of the issue.


January 17, 2012 by Women's Fund

Women's Fund of Central Indiana Announces 2012 OPTIONS Class

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


January 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 16, 2013 by Women's Fund

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

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


January 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 14, 2013 by Women's Fund

Women’s Fund Donates $4,000 to Dove Recovery House Following Fire

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana donated $4,000 to Dove Recovery House last week following a January 5 fire that damaged its basement and displaced 17 residents and a staff member. The funds are being used to defray emergency expenses to allow the women to stay at an extended stay hotel while repairs are made to the House.


January 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 12, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Women Are on the Up and Up

What is in store for women in 2012? Many challenges are ahead. Will you join Women's Fund in making a difference?


January 11, 2011 by Abigail Coleman

Introducing New Advisory Board Members

Introduction of and welcome to new Women's Fund Advisory Board members.


January 10, 2012 by Abigail Coleman

Introducing New 2012 Board Members and Leadership

Women's Fund is proud to introduce the new leadership and members of the Advisory Board.


January 10, 2012 by Women's Fund

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

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


January 9, 2013 by Kelly Young

New Year! New Blogs!

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.


January 6, 2011 by Kelly Young

New Year’s Resolutions for Women’s Fund?

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.


January 4, 2011 by Women's Fund

Future Promises Helps Pregnant and Parenting Teens Build Promising Futures

By: Heather Hafer, Public Relations Coordinator, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Future Promises is a school/community-based program that offers education and support to pregnant and parenting teens to help them build their own promising future.


January 1, 2013 by Kelly Young

Reflecting on 2012

A look at 2012 through some great photos.


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