Issues We Support


Women are often responsible for their children as well as caring for aging parents or other adult relatives.

Women's Fund provides grants to organizations providing and supporting high-quality child and adult care. To date, we have awarded $1,126,174 to address caregiving challenges in central Indiana.

By the Numbers

In Marion County, there are only 28 licensed childcare spots for every 100 children under the age of five whose caregivers work outside the home. Over eight years, the number of licensed childcare spaces per 100 children has remained about the same in some counties and decreased in others.
(source: Still on Shaky Ground 2011)

In 2013, an Indiana family of three could make no more than $2,094 per month, for a single adult and two children, to be eligible for subsidized childcare.
(source: Children's Bureau, Inc.)

In 2009, 75% of central Indiana women ages 20 to 64 who had children were in the labor force, and many needed affordable, quality childcare.
(source: Still on Shaky Ground 2011)

More than 47,000 Indiana grandparents were living with and responsible for their grandchildren in 2012.
(source: Census.gov)

Stories of Success

Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis - 2010

Amount awarded

This grant was designated for early childhood staff professional development to increase staff education and training. This education and training not only benefits children Day Nursery serves, it encourages the professional and personal growth of staff members - further strengthening the organization.

Smiley Childcare - 2011

Amount awarded

To support subsidized child care so that approximately 30 mothers can attain and maintain their jobs.

Use What You've Got Prison Ministry - 2010

Amount awarded

Operating support to connect families by providing transportation for prison visitation, while promoting family wellness through education and supportive resources.

Health and Hospital Corporation: Future Promises Program - 2008

Amount awarded

For evaluation of this high school-based program for pregnant and parenting teens, which is being expanded to more schools. This program currently provides a full-time staff person at several high schools. Staff work with teens in a case management model by visiting them at the hospital, taking them to appointments, and providing other support so they can graduate from high school. The program serves about 140 pregnant and parenting teens annually, almost all girls.

Business Ownership Initiative - 2006-2008

Amount awarded

Supporting programs to train low-income women as self-employed caregivers in the areas of childcare and home care for the disabled and elderly over a three-year period. Many women started in-home and community-based centers, which created new employment, served families in many neighborhoods, and has helped lead to neighborhood stability.

Future Promises
Health and Hospital Corporation

"Since the Women's Fund grant was awarded, the Future Promises Program has expanded significantly. Currently the program is serving pregnant and parenting teens attending six different schools versus four different schools when the grant was originally awarded. Furthermore, the program has changed by becoming a resource site for other professionals working with pregnant and parenting teens in the state by offering professional training and the building of an informative website serving professionals, pregnant and parenting teens and their parents.

The Future Promises Program as a whole was impacted by the Women's Fund grant with a residual effect on the 288 current participants and future program participants."

Wanda Spann Roddy
Director, Future Promises