Our mission 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’s Giving Circle is a powerful philanthropic force transforming lives in Bartholomew County.
2020 marks the 10th 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 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. The donation form is below. Gifts from women across the community will be pooled together for greater impact in grant-making and programs.
Your support makes these initiatives possible. Thank you.
2020 High Impact Grant Information
The coronavirus pandemic has had a financial impact on Bartholomew County not-for-profits. During this time, the services that these not-for-profits provide is critical to supporting families in need, mitigating the impacts of the pandemic on women and children, and maintaining quality of life in our community. In order to support our community during this challenging period, the WGCBC will award $10,000 in unrestricted operating funds to one not-for-profit organization in Bartholomew County engaging in efforts to positively impact women and children. The grant recipient will be announced at the WGC Annual Meeting on 10/28 at 12 PM via Zoom.
2020 Women’s Leadership Pipeline Study & White Paper
In recent years, Heritage Fund’s Women’s Giving Circle has taken steps to broaden our definition of philanthropy and increase our impact in the community. We believe that to create real positive change requires more than just proving financial resources. Effective philanthropy is bringing all resources to the table including the investment of time, skill, talent, finances, intellect and leadership. 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. Our goal through this project was to better understand and document how women are represented in leadership positions throughout our community.
In 2019 women represented 49.7% of the population in Bartholomew County – and as such, we should expect that women constitute 50% of community leadership positions. We want to see women equally represented across all sectors of leadership and not limited to those roles that have been traditionally considered “female” – children/youth serving, caregiving, etc. We believe 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.
2020 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. The scholarship is administered by Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.
Grants are available to women passionate about community leadership, to assist in the costs of obtaining and/or providing leadership training. The grant may be used to cover items such as, but not limited to, leadership training program tuition, leadership seminar registration fees, book materials and other resources, childcare, and travel expenses. Applicants will be asked to submit a proposed budget with their grant application. Applications for The Women Rising Leadership Grant will be available beginning Nov. 2, 2020, and will be awarded on a rolling basis until funding is gone.
Recipients will be chosen on the basis of personal circumstances and potential, and the likely impact of the scholarship on improving women’s representation in community leadership.
Applications are due to Kelly Geckler, at Heritage Fund, 538 Franklin Street, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application: WGC Women Rising Leadership Grant
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Questions? Contact Kelly Geckler at (812) 376-7772 or email@example.com