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Be a GEM! The Women's Giving Circle's new monthly donor program.

New in 2021, the Women's Giving Circle is offering a 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.

Sans Souci Receives a 2020 Organizational Excellence Grant from Heritage Fund

Receiving the Organizational Excellence grant in 2020 had both an immediate and lasting effect on Sans Souci. When Sans Souci was awarded the funds, this allowed our organization to attract or retain a strong leadership team by offering attractive salaries and benefits. Since receiving these funds, Sans Souci has fulfilled or retained the Operations Supervisor, Program Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator and HR Coordinator positions. While some plans had to be put on hold because of COVID-19, we have been able to resume most of the plans now that we are into the 2021 year. One of the first things that resumed with the new year was our Employee Development training. Employees attend training two to four times a month on topics such as soft skills, budgeting or operational training. Another project that was paused but is now resumed was the continued work on restructuring our Sans Souci University program, an intensive program that will be required for employees to attend that will feature a wide variety of training designed to aide them in reaching or retaining self-sufficiency. Having talented individuals serving in these roles has been invaluable to our organization. Since hiring these positions, we have seen a positive increase in several areas across our organization such as store sales, social media followers, more internal organization, the ability to raise our starting wage and outstanding growth in dozens of employees. All of these positions are crucial to the growth and future of Sans Souci and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of friends like the Heritage Fund.

Join us for the Nala Fund Donor Reception on 4/22 in the Heritage Fund Courtyard

You and your leashed pet are invited to learn more about how donations to the Nala Fund have helped local dogs. Join us on Thu 4/22 4-8 PM in the Heritage Fund Courtyard, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, Indiana. Complimentary pet photos and dog biscuits made by purely paula catering will be offered. This event will be in conjunction with the Columbus Downtown Merchants Spring Spritz Walk. Make a donation to the Nala Fund to help more dogs! ABOUT THE NALA FUND: The Nala Fund was established by the May family after the sudden loss of their first family pet in Oct 2020. The fund provides grants to support medical care for dogs in need. Animal care professionals can apply for grant funding on behalf of dogs in need. Applications can be made directly to the Bartholomew County Humane Society and can be found on the Heritage Fund website Dogs bring the magic of unconditional love, trust, fun and comfort to many people. If you've been lucky enough to enjoy a dog in your life, please consider giving to help dogs in need!

WGC Micro-Loan Program Success Story

The WGC will continue our partnership with Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center again in 2021 to offer Micro-Loans to women in crisis. Diane Doup, who manages the program at LCNFC shared the impact the loans had for women in 2020.

"A woman who works part-time, at an hourly-paying job, had to quarantine for two weeks after she was exposed to the virus at work. She was not eligible for unemployment, so had a direct loss of income for those two weeks. Funds from WGC helped with her utility bills which were due during that time". Due to the continued difficulties local women and families are having because of the pandemic, the WGC will forgive the loans for the first half of 2021.

Update from Su Casa on Utilizing the WGC 2020 High Impact Grant

Since October, Su Casa has served 20 families with rent and utility assistance. In November, the spouse of one of our most devoted volunteers was hospitalized with a brain tumor. After it was removed, he and his wife who are self-employed stayed at home recovering. Without an income, it was difficult to meet their expenses. Then they contracted COVID. The work of our staff and volunteers kept them afloat financially and mentally. Now this volunteer is back in the trenches with us energized and happy. “Su Casa helped me with the bills that we had and food baskets at the start of the crisis when my partner and I had COVID, I am very grateful! I also had the opportunity to be vaccinated recently. I was turned away at a local vaccination site because I did not have documents*, but Su Casa was able to advocate on my behalf and quickly help me find an appointment with the National Guard who were very kind.” – Graciela Martinez * It is important to note that a state issued ID is not required by the health department to receive your vaccine. Nevertheless, administrators and pharmacists are making their own interpretation of the instructions to demand a driver’s license or ID card thereby denying one of the most affected populations their right to a COVID vaccine. Su Casa is currently in the process of updating our long-term strategy. The actionable items associated with our goals are no less than the development of a summer program for students in the Taylorsville and Parkside area focusing on flattening the summer slide experienced most extremely by low income and minority students, creating a robust immigration strategy which will include clinics that avoid the cost of lawyers by helping clients submit their own immigration forms, re-establishing our Employment Readiness class in partnership with McDowell, and connecting clients with their own Primary Care Physician (at VIM Care, the Seymour Clinic, or elsewhere). We already have a head start on our DACA Application Fee Payment Program which pays the $495 fee to apply for DACA. Our hands are full, but we are excited for the future!

Equity Works! Series

Leadership Bartholomew County and CivicLab in partnership with the United Way of Bartholomew County are proud to present our second Equity Works! Building A Better Understanding Series. The virtual eight-part series will feature 90-minute conversations with experts in the field on equity-focused topics to help gain a better understanding and provide tools and resources to individuals and organizations. Registration required:

Women Rising Leadership Grant

A study of local nonprofit and government boards conducted by The Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County, a program of Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, found women, and particularly women of color to be underrepresented in both appointed and elected leadership positions. In response, The Women’s Giving Circle established a Women Rising Leadership Grant in 2020 to invest in the leadership growth of women and increase the number of women in leadership positions throughout our community. The WGC strongly believes 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. 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 and may apply for up to $500 in funding. The Women Rising Leadership Grant 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. For more information and the complete list of application criteria, please access the grant below or on our website, A complete white paper detailing the leadership study findings and planned solutions can be accessed below or on the Women’s Giving Circle page of the Heritage Fund website: About Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County seeks to educate, connect, and inspire women to practice strategic philanthropy, using our collective strengths and financial resources to create positive change in Bartholomew County. The WGC is a participating membership fund established in 2010 and managed by Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of 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 they are able and willing to give. Gifts from women across the community are pooled together for greater impact in grant-making and programs.

Period. End of Sentence.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Columbus Film Committee and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at IUPUC invites you to join us for a screening of Period. End of Sentence, nominated for Best Documentary short at the 2019 Oscars. The short film (28 minutes) “aims to inspire people everywhere to think globally and recognize the impact young people can have.” The film follows the women of Kathikhera as they install a machine and sell their pads. ( After the film there will be a robust, student-led discussion on social activism and engagement. This is a virtual event and zoom link will be provided to all registered people for this event. Register here:

Your Philanthropy. Your Way.

Your Philanthropy. Your Way. means that at Heritage Fund we know that everyone has a different approach to giving and we want to help you feel good about supporting the causes that matter most to you. ​ Heritage Fund offers a variety of ways to support your local community through philanthropic giving. We accept gifts of all sizes that support a variety of organizations and causes. Whether you want to make a one-time gift to the community, remember or honor a friend or loved one, include a special cause/nonprofit or religious institution in your estate plan, or start a fund that will support these causes now and in the future – Heritage Fund wants to help you do your philanthropy your way. Check out Heritage Fund's Spring 2021 newsletter with information on our many giving options.

Heritage Fund awards over $65K to local nonprofits

Heritage Fund -- The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County recently awarded $65,295 in grants to local nonprofit organizations from the unrestricted Community Fund as part of its fourth-quarter grants cycle. Grant recipients were: Gleaners Food Bank – $15,343 to support Senior Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Salvation Army of Columbus Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation – $17,500 to support the Counseling Counts program Thrive Alliance - $15,764 to purchase new SALSA customer relationship management software Thrive Alliance - $16,688 to support new Social Call program for Bartholomew County Seniors Each year, through the generous support of community members, Heritage Fund distributes approximately $600,000-$700,000 in grants to local nonprofits from the Community Fund. Community Fund grants help Heritage Fund to meet emerging needs in Bartholomew County in the areas of Youth Development, Substance Abuse, Neighborhood Revitalization, Innovation and Creativity and Welcoming Community. 2021 quarterly grants deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. For more information about Heritage Fund grants programs, contact Kyle Hendricks, Manager of Community Impact, at 812-376-7772.

Philanthropy in Action

Here's a video to show Philanthropy in Action and how your gifts to Heritage Fund make a difference for Bartholomew county non-profits. We couldn't do it without YOU!

Racial Equity Resources

The Heritage Fund Board has developed a list of resources focusing on issues of racial equality and equity. Check them out!

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