Our Annual Meeting
The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has awarded $90,000 to six local organizations serving families in our community. Aurora received a $35,000 impact grant to reduce chronic homelessness and its societal cost burden in Vanderburgh County through its homeless outreach program. Another $35,000 impact grant was awarded to Holly’s House for a complete technology upgrade, including phones systems, forensic interview recording equipment, and security cameras.
Aurora and Holly’s House were among six finalist organizations invited to present their grant proposals to the Women’s Fund members at their annual dinner on November 2 at the Holiday Inn and were selected for the impact grant by vote of the members the same night.
The remaining finalists — Koch Family Center’s Museum, Parenting Time Center, ECHO Housing, and Girls Scouts of Southwest Indiana — each received $5,000 to recognize their advancement to the finalist round and the exceptionally high quality of their proposals.
The Women’s Fund Vanderburgh County focuses the efforts of women philanthropists to create positive social change by funding projects that address current needs in our community. Membership in the Women’s Fund is based on donations to the effort, with half of each year’s donations granted immediately and the other half added to the Women’s Fund Endowment, which is currently valued at approximately $1.1 million and adds to each year’s grantmaking capacity.
In just ten years, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $725,000 to organizations serving Vanderburgh County. In addition to this year’s awards, grants have been awarded to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, ECHO Housing, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, United Caring Shelters, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth Resources, and the YWCA.