Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County

Mission

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

Vision

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

We value

  • High Impact Grants
  • Developing Women’s Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • An Educated & Engaged Network
  • Connection & Collaboration
  • Collective Giving

2020 marks the 10th year of our Giving Circle and together since the beginning, we have granted more than $135,000 to improve the lives of women and children in Bartholomew County.

2020 Initiatives

  • Women in Crisis Micro-Loan Program – In partnership with Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center, WGC will provide grant funds to assist women in crisis. 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 pandemic, these loans will now be forgivable.  We will resume the loan program in 2021
  • Bartholomew Co. Report Card for Women and Strategic Grantmaking – 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 future initiatives and grant making from the WGC. We plan to share the report card at our 2020 fall annual meeting
  • Women’s Leadership Pipeline – In 2020, we will complete the creation of a leadership pipeline that will help to identify community leadership roles and how we can better connect local women to opportunities to lead
  • Strategic Grant Making – Summer of 2020, we will communicate our plans for high-impact grant making available to our local non-profits

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!

Want to get involved? 

  • Join the mailing list by sending an email to: kgeckler@heritagefundbc.org – put “Join WGC Mailing List” in the subject line
  • Follow us on our new Facebook page
  • 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 they are able and inspired to give.  Gifts from women across the community will be pooled together for greater impact in grant-making and programs.

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