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The mission of the Women's Giving Circle is to educate, connect and inspire women to practice strategic philanthropy; using our collective strengths and financial resources to create positive change in Bartholomew County.

Women of all ages and means are invited to join in this important work with a gift to the Women's Giving Circle Philanthropic Fund as you are able and inspired to give. Gifts from women across the community will be pooled together for greater impact in grant-making and programs.

 

VISION

Women’s Giving Circle is a powerful philanthropic force transforming lives in Bartholomew County

HIGH IMPACT GRANTS

DEVELOPING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

AN EDUCATED & ENGAGED NETWORK

COLLECTIVE GIVING

CONNECTION & COLLABORATION

2021 INITIATIVES

2021 begins the 11th year of the Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County, and as a reminder, our mission is to educate, connect and inspire women to practice strategic philanthropy; using our intellectual and financial resources to create positive change in Bartholomew County. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the great work of the past and move into the future.

We know that when we come together as women – anything is possible. 

WOMEN IN CRISIS MICRO-LOAN PROGRAM

In partnership with Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center, WGC will provide grant funds to assist women in crisis for three years, 2019-2021. LCFNC will identify women in need and work to make small-dollar, high impact loans with reasonable payment terms. Women will be assisted with support for items such as unexpected emergency expenses, monthly bill assistance due to extenuating circumstances, job preparedness, etc. Due to the COVID-19, the loans were changed to grants as women dealt with loss of income due to the pandemic.

WOMEN RISING LEADERSHIP GRANT APPLICATION & CRITERIA

The Women Rising Leadership Grant was established in 2020 by the Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County to invest in the leadership growth of women and increase the number of women in leadership positions throughout our community. We know that the unique perspective and diverse skill set that women possess add value at every level of an organization and that women’s voices deserve, and need, to be heard.

Applications will be awarded on a rolling basis until funding is gone.  For more information and the complete list of application criteria, please access the Women Rising Grant here. 

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PIPELINE STUDY

WGC is bringing all resources to the table including the investment of time, skill, talent, finances, intellect and leadership. The unique perspective and diverse skill set that women possess add value at every level of an organization and that women's voices deserve, and need to be heard. The goal through this project is to better understand and document how women are represented in leadership positions throughout our community. 

The study revealed real data about women in leadership positions in Bartholomew County. WGC will leverage this information to help women find equal representation across all sectors of leadership and not limited to those roles that have been traditionally considered "female" - children/youth serving, caregiving, etc. Increasing women's access to leadership roles is core to the mission of the Women's Giving Circle and integral to the continued advancement of the community.

Women's Leadership Pipeline Study Paper

STRATEGIC GRANT MAKING

The WGC annually raises funds to award grants benefiting women, children, and families throughout Bartholomew County. The 2020 $10,000 grant in unrestricted operating funds was awarded to Su Casa.  

Members of the Women’s Giving Circle members selected their top priority grant initiative for 2020 to be COVID-19 relief.  Su Casa will use the funds for staff payroll which accounts for 85% of their expenses so that they can continue the important work of uplifting families through stability, better employment, financial literacy, wellness, and education.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY REPORT CARD FOR WOMEN

In order to better assess the needs of women in our community, WGC will work with strategic partners to collect key data on the status of women locally.  Data will be shared with the community and used to define the future initiatives and grant making from the WGC.

BE A GEM - GIVE EVERY MONTH

New in 2021, our monthly giving program, be a GEM (Give Every Month). Giving monthly is hassle-free and you never have to remember when it’s time to rejoin! Plus your monthly gift will build on the philanthropic force of the WGC to improve the lives of women and children in Bartholomew County! Indicate your monthly gift when giving on our website.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

When we come together as women, anything is possible.

MAILING LIST

Join the mailing list by sending an email to: kgeckler@heritagefundbc.org – put “Join WGC Mailing List” in the subject line.

FACEBOOK

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QUESTIONS?

Questions?  Contact Kelly Geckler at (812) 376-7772 or kgeckler@heritagefundbc.org.