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IU Kokomo establishes women's giving circle

September 6, 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. — Because of women’s philanthropy, New Media, Art, and Technology students have the latest tools needed to advance their careers. Future Family Nurse Practitioners learn skills to treat patients in their lab. Research moves forward to discover how female positive body image can impact development of healthy habits.

All of those Indiana University Kokomo projects were made possible by grants from the IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC). Now, the Kokomo campus plans to connect women with opportunities to contribute, establishing a giving circle to support faculty, staff, and student efforts on the campus and in the community.

The Women of the Well House organization brings together women who seek to make a difference in the community, uniting their efforts behind projects proposed by students, faculty, and staff grant applications.

Membership is open to women who make a $1,000 per year commitment, and members will have a voice in selecting projects to fund.

Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for university advancement, said the group is inspired by the example of the WPLC.

“IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, a founding member of the WPLC, talks about the importance of women supporting other women, and the causes they believe in,” Halperin said. “Our chancellor, Susan Sciame-Giesecke, with her enthusiasm and vision, created the opportunity for us to move forward with a women’s philanthropy group devoted to causes on our campus and in our community.

“Women of the Well House gives women the opportunity to use their resources collectively, to make a greater impact,” she said.

Cathy Clearwaters, assistant director of development, said research completed by IU’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy supports programs like Women of the Well House.

Relationships are an important factor in women’s giving, she said, and they are more likely to engage in collaborative giving, and spread their donations among several organizations.

Nearly two dozen women have joined so far, she said, and more are welcome. They will begin accepting funding applications from students, faculty, and staff in September, and award the first grants in late 2017.

As an example of the possibilities for the group, Angela Coppola, assistant professor of allied health sciences, spoke at the first meeting about her WPLC grant funded project. With a student research assistant, she is studying promoting self-compassion and body pride to enhance health behaviors among women.

For more information about Women of the Well House, contact Clearwaters at 765-455-9410, or cclearwa@iuk.edu

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/06/2017