At their annual meeting on November 6, donors to the Women’s Fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation gathered at the Holiday Inn Airport to select the 2019 recipients of two $35,000 impact grants.
Decisions on this year’s grants were made by vote of the Women’s Fund membership. Members selected one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program and one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project. In addition, members awarded general support grants to four charitable partners as runner up awards.
In the program category, Ozanam Family Shelter was awarded a $35,000 grant for their Effectively Housing the Homeless program. In addition, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center and Parenting Time Center received $5,000 grants for general support.
In the project category, Aurora was awarded a $35,000 grant for their Homeless Outreach project. Catholic Charities and the Deaconess Foundation also received $5,000 general support grants.
The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives.
Since it was formed, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $991,000 to organizations serving local families. Past impact grant recipients include: Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, Holly’s House, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources and the YWCA.
The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund focuses the efforts of women philanthropists to create positive social change by funding projects that address current needs in our community. The mission is to improve the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives. For additional information about the Women’s Fund, or to become a member, contact Sarah Wagner at 812.422.1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Vanderburgh Community Foundation
The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is one of 9 regional county affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life throughout southwestern Indiana, with charitable assets nearing $100 million. During our most recent fiscal year, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit the programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled $3,323,968. The Alliance provides each county affiliate with management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local Foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and grantmaking, making a difference in their community today and for years to come.