Changing the Community

Each year the Women’s Fund supports creative and innovative efforts to enhance the lives of women and girls in our community through a variety of grants. In 2017, $30,500 was granted to eight groups, each focused on providing young girls with critical life experiences.

Participants in the spring 2017 cohort of Girls Inc.’s “Girls With Grit” class were able to take a trip to Indianapolis with a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Fund.

2017 Grantees

Rhythm of Joy Advisory Group — $15,000

It was brought to our attention that many young women and girls lack the confidence, self-reliance, capacity and presence to thrive as they enter adulthood. Funds were set aside to create a task force of young adult women, all with experience in this area, to study the issue, identify barriers for local girls, analyze what is offered and discern what is missing.  They will identify opportunities and plan experiences to aid in the development of young women.

Girls With Grit (Girls Inc. of Wayne County) — $5,000

Girls Inc. of Wayne County — $3,000

Center City Development Corporation — $3,000

Richmond Art Museum — $2,000

Young DIVAS (Townsend Center) — $1,000

Morrison-Reeves Library — $1,000

Richmond Community Orchestra — $500


In 2017, the Women’s Fund funded a trip to Washington, D.C. for four Wayne County girls who were selected to participate in Girls Inc. National’s Take Our Daughters to Congress Day program. Alayna, 12, is shown here with a Congresswoman that she was able to shadow for an entire day.


What Our Community Is Saying…

“Wayne County Minority Health Coalition is grateful for the Women’s Fund. Our grant helps fund educational activities for Medical Monday’s. Medical Mondays are held the second Monday of each month at Townsend Center. Each month we feature a speaker on a health related topic and the second part we feature a community leader each month. We average between 25-50 women each month.”

Sharrie Harlan
Wayne County Minority Healthcare Coalition


“Thanks to the generous support of the Women’s Fund, the Richmond Friends School has started a Girls’ Robotics Club. The club meets once a week and is a space for girls to feel comfortable and free to explore their interests in robotics, design, creativity, and building. John Sheets, the club teacher and the Richmond Friends School 4th – 6th grade teacher, says the club provides opportunities for the girls that they might not otherwise enjoy. The club focuses on collaboration, cooperative problem solving when something does not go according to plan, celebration when objectives are achieved, creation of individually-devised experiments, and some work with basic computer programming. All of this is done in an atmosphere bereft of differentiated gender roles. We feel it matches well with the mission of the Women’s Fund of empowering and supporting women and young girls.”

-Nicole Blair, School Coordinator
Richmond Friends School


“The Women’s Fund has been a great asset to Diplomas Day Care. Our staff was given the opportunity to further their state required education by taking child related correspondence courses. These courses were specialized to the age of the classroom in which the teachers were working with. We really appreciate everything the Women’s Fund has done for us. It has helped us care for children of teen parents at Richmond High School.”

-Roxann McFarland, Director
Diplomas Day Care


“After our girls created and implemented First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! fitness and nutrition program with their younger peers, the Let’s Move! office invited us to come to Washington D.C. and share with them our project’s successes. Women’s Fund support enabled a life-altering leadership trip for six girls and two adult chaperones. Our group is traveling to Washington D.C. to deliver a presentation to the Executive Office of the White House and engage in leadership sightseeing. Thank you, Women’s Fund, for making our girls’ dreams come true!”

Beth Harrick, Former Executive Director
Girls Inc. of Wayne Co.


Thank you Women’s Fund!!! Habitat armed 50 women who attended our 2nd Annual Women Build this year empowering and challenging them to prove their carpentry skills. Your contribution made our event successful. The funding went toward the building materials for this Women Build.

-Mindy Mae Reece, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Operations Officer
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond, IN


When I came to Richmond, it was back on the winter of 2008. I came to the Wayne County Clinic to apply for any interpreter position. Mr. David Schneider was so kind to let me know that the position was already filled. 5 years passed and now I’m working that job that I wanted so much back them. But I realized that I wasn’t ready for this position 5 yrs ago. Not only, I had a lot to learn but also I was not ready to understand my mission and my realization as a community member. Thanks to the Women’s Foundation, I was able to complete my certification and training as a medical interpreter on March 2,012 and improved my education. Through this certification, many doors where open, new skills were learned, I have more confident to manage an interpretation session and also learned to changes roles depend of the need. I acquired more respect and many people and agencies were able to benefit from this opportunity. Thanks again to The Women’s Foundation because you are thinking in all those women that we are looking for a better outcome in their  careers and  their community.

-Pam Hancock, Coordinator of Family Services
Amigos, the Richmond Latino Center