IU Women's Philanthropy Council invites 2015 grant applications

  • Dec. 4, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council invites individuals and organizations at all university campuses to submit applications for its fourth annual Women’s Philanthropy Council Fund grant cycle.

All Indiana University community members -- students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged to apply. Applications that launch new ventures, address critical local and global issues and develop innovative solutions to social problems are especially welcome.

"Over the past three years, Women's Philanthropy Council grants have funded innovative projects across the university that have had positive and sustained impact in Indiana and well beyond," said IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair of the Women's Philanthropy Council. "I am excited to welcome another grant cycle so we can continue the tradition of supporting new and resilient ideas that effectively address the needs of students and the greater IU communities here and abroad."

The Women’s Philanthropy Council established its fund in 2010 and opened up the grants process in 2011. Since then, it has awarded grants totaling more than $330,000 to nearly 30 organizations affiliated with all eight of the university's campuses. Past projects include developing opportunities and enhancing community sustainability projects in Northern Indiana; creating awareness and researching sexual violence and prevention; expanding opportunities for student-teachers involved with service-learning projects around the globe; providing academic and social support to non-traditional and first-generation students; creating pipeline initiatives to improve diversity in the legal field; and expanding medical and dental efforts for underrepresented and diverse communities in Indianapolis.

The council will award grants that complement IU's commitment to quality educational programs and services, excellent health care, a clean and safe environment, and cultural enrichment through the arts and humanities.

"The WPC Fund is in the early stages of creating a legacy of impact both in Indiana and around the globe," said IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith. "By funding critical efforts such as providing social support to first-generation students, the Women's Philanthropy Council is not only immediately transforming lives; it is setting the stage for individuals to succeed in the future and go on to improve the lives of countless others."

Grants are awarded from the philanthropy council fund and administered by the IU Foundation. Philanthropy council members designate a portion of their donations to the foundation for the fund and expect to award up to $100,000 in grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27, 2015.

A philanthropy council grants working group will review the applications and select finalists who will present to the entire council membership. The philanthropy council will then announce grant recipients in June. Recipients will be asked to submit a final report and budget 12 months after receipt of their grant to show how funds were used and to demonstrate the impact of their projects on their campuses.

The application and additional information are available online.

About the Indiana University Women's Philanthropy Council

Convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, the Women’s Philanthropy Council'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 female leaders in philanthropy.

About the Indiana University Foundation

Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation maximizes private support for IU by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2014, IU received $341.3 million in voluntary support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

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