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IU Women's Philanthropy Council invites 2017 grant applications

Dec. 7, 2016

The IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council encourages individuals and organizations at all university campuses to submit applications for its sixth annual grant cycle.

Laurie McRobbie


Each academic year, the council awards about $100,000 to programs and initiatives across all IU campuses. The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council encourages proposals that seek to better the IU community in a number of ways, with funding priorities that develop women’s leadership, provide global experiences for students, improve public health, increase career and educational opportunities in STEM -- particularly for women and underserved youth -- and foster inclusion among diverse populations. 

All IU community members -- students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged to apply.

"Our annual awards provide critical 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 council. "Through the fund, alumnae and women friends of IU are finding new points of connection with Indiana University. As our sixth funding round opens, I look forward to seeing more new ideas that will strengthen IU as it embarks on its third century.”

The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council established its fund in 2010 and opened up its grant-making process in 2011. Since then, the group has awarded grants totaling more than $538,000 to 51 applicants affiliated with all IU campuses. Projects have included a dental clinic for low-income and homeless Hoosiers; an annual conference for women in technology; academic and social support for nontraditional, first-generation students; and a sexual assault awareness and prevention program, to name a few.

The impact of the council's grants program extends beyond IU campus borders and may even save lives, according to Rosalie S. Aldrich, assistant professor in communication studies at Indiana University East. Aldrich received a 2016 grant for her proposal to expand suicide prevention training on the IU East campus. 

“This funding has allowed me to continue to offer multiple suicide prevention trainings to faculty, staff and students at IU East with the hope of increasing the willingness to intervene when someone is suicidal and ultimately save lives,” Aldrich said. “Together we can positively address the serious public health problem of suicide and improve intervention training effectiveness through assessment.” 

Grants are awarded from the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council fund and administered by the IU Foundation. Council members designate a portion of their donations to the IU Foundation to maintain their group’s fund. The council expects to award up to $100,000 in grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.

“The WPLC grant program provides critical support for a range of high-impact initiatives led by IU faculty, staff and students,” IU Foundation President Dan Smith said. “The initiatives funded touch lives across the university and the communities we serve. Last year, for example, grant funds were awarded to IU Kokomo’s Summer Bridge Program, designed to help acclimate first-generation college students from underserved and underrepresented populations to university life. I am proud of the superb work the WPLC does in fostering program innovation and outreach.”

A Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grants working group will review the 2017-18 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.

The IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council was convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. Its 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 women leaders in philanthropy.

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.

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