The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) awarded grants totaling $102,000 to 11 programs affiliated with four Indiana University campuses.
The awards ranged from $3,000 to $15,000 and supported projects that foster diversity, education, youth and community outreach, and health services at IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo, IUPUI, and IU East. In total, there were 39 grant applicants from six IU campuses.
“We had real tough decisions to make in selecting these 11 award recipients among so many impressive and worthy applicants,” said Julie Davis, chair of the WPLC fund working group. “The Council is very inspired to support these innovative initiatives that have the potential to accomplish meaningful work that will touch many lives not only in Indiana, but around the world related to education, healthcare, and cultural enrichment.”
The 2015 recipients:
- Directed by Women film and lecture series (Indiana University Cinema, IU Bloomington). The award will help fund a two-week series of events being developed for Directed by Women, a film and lecture series (Dates?). The series will provide access to high quality, unique educational opportunities for the university and Bloomington community through the art and culture of film.
- Family Nurse Practitioner Program (School of Nursing, IU East and IU Kokomo). This joint program between IU East and IU Kokomo will provide under-served populations with access to primary healthcare providers and quality healthcare. By collectively educating more students, the partnership will heighten the impact on each campus community.
- IU School of Dentistry Domestic Violence Outreach (School of Dentistry, IUPUI). This program provides restorative dental treatment and job training opportunities for domestic and interpersonal violence victims who are uninsured, underemployed, or unemployed living in transitional housing. The grant also will fund seminars that will teach dental students to identify and communicate signs of domestic abuse.
- Kelley Living Learning Center Women’s Empowerment Retreat (Kelley School of Business, IU Bloomington). Developed to build confidence and corporate competence, the KLLC Women’s Empowerment Retreat will expand its reach by hosting the event in Indianapolis and providing corporate experiences in the state capital.
- Vision for the Future: Eye Care Outreach of Low-Income Preschoolers (School of Optometry, IU Bloomington). Through a partnership with Head Start of Monroe County, the doctors at the IU School of Optometry Atwater Eye Clinic will offer enhanced screenings and eye exams for low-income preschool age children in Monroe and surrounding counties. This program will also offer parents and family accessible educational opportunities on the importance of eye care for a child's future success.
- Red Wolves Write (Red Wolves Write, IU East). This interactive program will help IU East students empower local high school students, juvenile offenders, older adults, and English language learners through writing workshops.
- Counseling Center Outreach (Counseling and Psychological Services, IU Kokomo). With the goal of reducing functional impairment related to mental health issues, the Counseling Center will increase awareness and outreach through innovative programming, print materials, and event specific takeaways.
- Informatics: Diversity Enhanced Workforce (School of Informatics and Computing, IUPUI). Through this partnership with Girls, Inc., EmployIndy, Techpoint Foundation for Youth, and Shepherd Community Center, the School of Informatics and Computing will provide a year-round dual-credit program at Arsenal Tech, Providence Christo Rey, and Pike high schools. The program offers year-round opportunities for high school students to build self-esteem, leadership, and academic skills, and provides mentoring and internship opportunities in the business community.
- “Techie Women Have More…” (Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), IU Bloomington). Grant funding will provide CEWiT the resources to expand its annual women in technology conference to include alumnae in addition to faculty, staff, and students in 2016. The conference will add tracks for faculty and staff along with innovative ways to engage alumnae.
- Partnership with the Hoosier Social Impact Fund Inc. (Kelley School of Business, IU Bloomington). This partnership brings the Kelley School of Business together with the Hoosier Social Impact Fund, a nonprofit community loan fund created and operated by IU students, faculty, and staff. With the grant funding, the program will support internships and a small business clinical course designed to provide students with service-learning opportunities that advance economic development and community engagement.
- IU Medical Student Outreach Clinic (School of Medicine, IUPUI). With the grant award, this growing program will be able to update patient care equipment and expand outreach services by providing point-of-care laboratory testing.
“Women’s Philanthropy at IU brings women together to connect, learn, and give back to IU. Our grant process provides the opportunity to meet this mission by supporting the innovative projects and ideas of students and faculty,” said Alisa Hendrix, incoming co-chair of the WPLC. “This year we have selected the projects that we believe have the greatest potential to positively impact IU, its students and the state of Indiana and in the coming years hope to grow our program so we can extend its impact.”
About the WPLC grant program: Grants are awarded on an annual cycle from the WPLC Fund, which is administered by the Indiana University Foundation. WPLC members support the fund with annual contributions. Applications for 2016 grants will be available in fall of 2015. For more information about grant criteria and applications, go to http://women.iufoundation.iu.edu/grants/ or contact Natalie Meador, assistant director of Women's Philanthropy at Indiana University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council was convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. The WPLC’s mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University, and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.