IU Women’s Philanthropy Council invites 2014 grant applications

LAURIE BURNS MCROBBIE, IU'S FIRST LADY

The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council encourages individuals and organizations at all university campuses to submit applications for its third annual grant cycle.

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

“The first two years of WPC grants provided crucial and often foundational support for pioneering initiatives that are creating positive and lasting change for IU students and community members in Indiana and around the globe,” said IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Council. “In our third cycle, I look forward to seeing more new ideas that hold the same promise.”

The philanthropy council established its fund in 2010 and opened up the grants process in 2011. Since then, it has awarded grants totaling more than $228,000 to 20 organizations affiliated with six of the university’s campuses. Projects have included encouraging healthy choices for students through education and health assessments; providing education and connections to medical services for the visually impaired; promoting awareness and opportunities for female IT students; and presenting free opera performances in schools, libraries and other youth venues through a service-learning project aided by student volunteers from the Jacobs School of Music.

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

“The WPC Fund is another important way that our supporters are transforming lives for the better through IU,” IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith said. “The Women’s Philanthropy Council is an inspiring group of leaders whose trailblazing work in the field of women’s philanthropy continues to initiate great things for IU and for all who are touched by the incredible work of the grant recipients.”

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 2014-15 academic year. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

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 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.

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.

Indiana University Foundation

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. Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in 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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