<h1>Insufficient Income</h1>

Issues We Support

Insufficient Income

Women often lack access to resources helping them gain self-sufficiency, such as job skills training and employment placement services.

Women's Fund provides grants to organizations helping women gain economic self-sufficiency by assisting them with gaining and retaining employment. To date, we have awarded $1,655,750 to address insufficient income challenges.


By the Numbers

Women working full-time earn 75% of a man's earnings.
(source: Still on Shaky Ground 2011)

In 2012, an adult living in Marion County with two preschool age children would need to earn at least $46,788 a year to be considered self-sufficient.
(source: Indiana Self Sufficiency Standard)

29.9% of female-headed families in the Indianapolis metropolitan area with children under 18 lived in poverty in 2009.
(source: Still on Shaky Ground 2011)


Stories of Success

Hawthorne Community Center - 2011

Amount awarded
$22,500

For the Center for Working Families, which will help 60 female heads of household with employment, financial literacy, emergency assistance, and adult education.

Edna Martin Christian Center - 2011

Amount awarded
$25,000

Supporting the family self-sufficiency program, as part of the Center for Working Families, which will help 20 women from the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood begin their path toward economic self-sufficiency.

Project Home Indy - 2010

Amount awarded
$20,000

Grant providing operating support to enable homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting to gain self-sufficiency. Women's Fund provided funding to Project Home Indy in 2008 as it was forming, helping position the organization to grow its capacity to serve clients.

Shelby Community Health Center - 2011

Amount awarded
$20,000

For gynecological exams and mammograms for low-income women in Shelby County.

Grameen America - 2010-2014

Amount awarded
$500,000

Commiting $100,000 per year for five years to secure Grameen's Indianapolis presence. Grameen will enable women to be self-sufficient through small business ownership. The program includes a five-elemental cycle focused on financial education, savings, mentoring, credit building, and access to capital. Within five years, the organization will be self-sustaining, requiring no additional outside funding.

Business Ownership Initiative - 2006-2008

Amount awarded
$150,000

Supporting programs helping women start or enhance their own businesses over a three-year period. Business Ownership Initiative and its Central Indiana Women's Business Center use classes and mentoring to promote entrepreneurship among women, many of them with low income.

Training, Inc. - 2009

Amount awarded
$15,000

To provide consulting services to strengthen board governance, strategic planning and to enhance Training, Inc.'s long-term efforts to train and equip individuals for employment through job training.

Exodus Refugee Immigration

"Rose, a refugee client who our agency resettled in Indianapolis, fled her country due to persecution and ethnic cleansing. Rose returned to us for assistance after she realized she needed to leave her violent marriage to protect herself and her child. Through our Refugee Women's Program we were able to partner with Rose to get her back on her feet and become self sufficient. With the help of our grant funding we were able to help Rose to relocate to a safe apartment, secure child care, connect to a volunteer mentor, receive supportive mental health services, participate in our English and job training classes, obtain employment and learn to ride the bus from her new home to her job. We were also able to assist her in setting up all the things necessary to keep a household running on her own and connect her to resources she may need in the future.

The Human Resources Manager at her new job shared 'I just wanted to share with you the feedback that I received this morning regarding Rose. When speaking with her direct supervisors regarding her progress, the word they used was "awesome." Her productivity is excellent, her rooms pass inspection, and English is improving every day. She’s doing extremely well.'"

Carleen F. Miller
Executive Director