Our Annual Meeting
There were shouts of joy, gasps of excitement, and more than a few tears when this year’s grant recipients were announced at the Women’s Fund annual meeting last November. The Holiday Inn Airport was host to our event again and set the mood beautifully for our “big reveal.”
Again this year, three charitable organizations sought funding for program-related efforts and another three sought funds for capital projects. Their journey started with a thorough vetting process designed by the Women’s Fund grants committee, whose charge is to take a pool of about forty applicant organizations down to the six who are invited to present their proposals to the Women’s Fund membership at the dinner. Members then cast their votes.
This year’s voting was as difficult as always, with some members holding on to their ballots until the last possible moment. After all the votes were counted (with our thanks to Harding, Shymanski and Company for providing their professional services), the Program Impact Grant was awarded to United Caring Services. UCS’s $35,000 award will be used to implement a collaborative community-wide homeless shelter diversion program to reduce the flow of people entering homelessness.
The Project Impact Grant was awarded to the United Methodist Youth Home. UMYH’s $35,000 award will be used to furnish a new group home being built for boys that will be safer and increase capacity.
The remaining finalists — Arc of Evansville, Gilda’s Club, Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, and Youth First — each received a gift of $5,000 from the Women’s Fund.
Since it was formed in 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $815,000 to organizations serving Vanderburgh County families. Grants have been awarded to Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Holly’s House, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, ECHO Housing, Girl Scouts, House of Bread and Peace, Koch Family Children’s Museum, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Parenting Time Center, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, United Caring Shelters, Vanderburgh County CASA, and the YWCA.