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Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013

IU Women's Philanthropy Council invites 2013 grant applications

Jan. 18, 2013

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

A student receives hands-on training in the lab during the IU Kokomo Science Rocks! summer camp.

A student receives hands-on training in the lab during the IU Kokomo Science Rocks! summer camp, which was awarded a Women's Philanthropy Council grant in 2012.

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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.

"We are delighted to begin our second year of making grants to the IU community," said IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair of the Women's Philanthropy Council. "Providing this support at a grassroots level to outstanding projects on our campuses is at the heart of what the WPC seeks to accomplish."

The WPC established its fund in 2010 and opened up the grants process in 2011. In that inaugural year, the council awarded grants totaling more than $100,000 to eight organizations affiliated with five of the university's campuses. Projects included removing obstacles for adult returning students, providing services to visually impaired preschoolers, enhancing service learning and a summer science camp for underrepresented middle-school students.

"We are especially grateful for the support of all our WPC members and other donors whose philanthropic contributions continue to make these awards possible. The growth of this fund in such a short time is truly inspiring," McRobbie said.

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 way this exceptional group of leaders continues to set Indiana University apart as a national exemplar in women's philanthropy," IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith said. "Through their impactful work, the Women's Philanthropy Council is transforming the lives of all those involved, from our grateful grant recipients to our motivated donors."

Grants will be awarded from the WPC Fund, administered by the IU Foundation. WPC members designate a portion of their donations to the foundation for this fund and expect to award up to $100,000 in grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 for the 2013-14 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 8.

The WPC Grants Working Group will review the applications and select finalists who will present to the entire WPC membership. The WPC will announce the grant recipients in June. Recipients will be asked to submit a final report 12 months after receipt of the grant to show how funds were used and to demonstrate the impact of their projects on their campuses.

An application and additional information is available online.

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

About the Indiana University Foundation
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation is dedicated to maximizing private-sector support for Indiana University by conducting fundraising campaigns and programs, investing the endowment and providing the centralized infrastructure and services that support these efforts. Designated as the university's central fundraising agency, the foundation partners with and serves all campuses of Indiana University. Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value of nearly $1.5 billion. In fiscal year 2012, IU received $347.9 million in support from the private sector, the second highest total in university history. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.