GO: Give Back
Developing central Indiana's future leaders and philanthropists through education of youth
GO combines philanthropy education with charitable giving, teaching youth to make thoughtful and meaningful contributions to the community.
About GO: Give Back
To participate in GO, an adult creates a donor advised fund within Women's Fund, with a minimum gift of $1,000. The fund is created in the name of a child who is from birth to age 18. When the child is in first through twelfth grade they participate in gender specific programming to learn about caring and sharing in an age-appropriate way.
When the fund has at least $10,000 the child may begin making gifts to women and girl serving organizations in the community. The GO Fund is permanent and will be the child's charitable giving fund for their lifetime.
The GO philanthropy education curriculum focuses on five core content areas: self, community, money management, meaningful service and philanthropic inspiration. Participants learn about the needs of women and girls in our community and how they can make a difference.
Educational opportunities include:
- Packets with philanthropy education activities for whole family to engage in together twice each year. Materials are sent to the fund holder's home.
- Sessions held twice during each school year. Educational sessions are age-appropriate and divided by gender.
- In 2012-2013 sixth through twelfth grade participants engaged directly in philanthropy as they led the planning and implementation of GO Ahead & Play, which brought interactive art, through pop-up pianos, to central Indiana August 1-18, 2013. Learn more here.
- An invitation to Family Philanthropy Day, a special family education session offered periodically to include members of their family. The event features age-specific activities and a special speaker. Past speakers include Joan Salwen, whose husband and daughter wrote The Power of Half, and Carol Weisman, author of Raising Charitable Children.
View highlights from 2010 Family Philanthropy Day, sponsored by The Glick Fund of CICF, below or by clicking here.
"What can you give?"... "How can you use your voice?"
5th through 8th grade participants at 2010 Family Philanthropy Day tackled tough questions about how they and their peers can make a difference. Youth participants wrote, produced and starred in an inspiring video, found below or by clicking here.
Are you interested in learning more? Contact Jennifer Pope Baker by clicking here or calling 317.634.2423.
"I have been a part of GO since I was five years old. As a young child, I remember looking forward to the meetings and the opportunity to interact with like-minded girls in fun activities. As I got into high school, I enjoyed learning about my community and my place in it. Last year, I made my first grants to organizations that help young women move forward in life. My favorite activity with GO was “GO Ahead and Play,” the pop-up piano project. It was so empowering to see the impact that the other GO students and I could have on central Indiana. As one of the older girls, I took on a leadership role with the younger students and provided direction throughout the process. Taking part in the piano project has inspired me to pursue a career in philanthropic work! Next year, I will be majoring in non-for-profit management with a double minor in German and French at Indiana University'