Women's fund of central indiana




Getting Involved


Discover the power of your philanthropic leadership through OPTIONS

Women’s Fund seeks women ages 25-45 who are curious, open-minded and interested in:

  • supporting our mission and our efforts to be an anti-racist organization;
  • exploring issues impacting women and girls in our community;
  • creating a personal giving plan; and,
  • having vigorous, thoughtful and respectful conversations with a variety of women.

Since 1999, 450 women have found their philanthropic voice, power and leadership through OPTIONS. Does this sound like you? Would you like to join a group of like-minded women to explore how you can individually, and as a group, improve conditions for the women and girls in our community who have been silenced, ignored and pushed to the sidelines? If so, OPTIONS may be the right fit for you.

Following a health safety hiatus in 2021, Women’s Fund is excited to host a new OPTIONS Class in 2022. If you are an interested applicant and are familiar with the program from previously attending an informational session or if you have heard stories from friends or colleagues, please note there will be significant modifications from past years in how the OPTIONS class will be organized. Some of the changes are temporary due to the impact of the ongoing COVID pandemic, some changes will be permanent because when we know better, we do better. The biggest change for 2022 is the class will be limited to 12 participants.

Classes will be mission-focused with guest speakers, field trips, community exploration and a goal that each person ends the year with a personal giving plan, experience in group-decision making regarding grants, an understanding of what it means to be a thoughtful Board member, a better understanding of gender equity, racial equity and the intersection of race and gender, as well as an interest in continuing to engage with Women’s Fund in new ways. 

If you want to learn more and you are 25 – 46* years old, identify as a woman, have the capacity to make a personal contribution of $300 to participate and you are willing to be flexible with a new class model, we are excited to meet you! The typical age range is 25-45 but we are temporarily extending the top end of the age range to reflect the 2021 hiatus.

Everyone invited to participate in OPTIONS must be willing to show proof of full vaccination and agree to wear a mask during all class sessions.


Contact Wendy McNamar at WendyM@cicf.org if you have questions or concerns.

Current OPTIONS Class

See the members of our OPTIONS Class 21

OPTIONS Alumnae 

See the full list of our OPTIONS Alumnae by year.


Your gift addresses the needs of women and girls in our community.