INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Foundation established The Women’s Philanthropy Circle to create resources and raise funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech Community College students. The initiative has statewide and regional reach, with a focus on positively impacting students, and to celebrate women in philanthropy.
In 2015, the Circle began the Circle of Ivy Initiative, with a grassroots approach of soliciting members from within Ivy Tech including: employees, students, alumni and board members. In 2016, the Circle has grown to 270 members, nearly doubling their membership in one year.
In October, Circle of Ivy held a luncheon inviting new members, and returning, and raised $69,000. Regional members selected projects, based on submitted proposals, which could be fully or partially funded.
Each region voted on submitted proposals and the following are projects that will be funded:
Northwest – Ivy Tech students will be sponsored to attend the Ivy Tech Foundation’s Spring Fundraising Event.
Northeast – Funds will go towards nursing student travel to the Dominican Republic and Emergency Funds.
Lafayette – Funds will be allocated to Emergency Funds.
Kokomo – Three initiatives will be supported including: ASAP Enrichment Fund-a-field trip, child care vouchers, and Phi Theta Kappa’s Scholarship recognizing student achievement and supporting college completion.
Wabash Valley – Funds will be used for mobile device charging stations and Little Free Libraries.
Central Indiana – Funding will be used for the Early Resource Connections Center Barrier Buster initiative.
Richmond – The grants will be awarded to two initiatives – emergency funds for nursing students’ NCLEX testing costs and seed funding for regional emergency assistance fund.
Columbus – The region will use the funding for their Commit to Finish program, and for technology toward teaching and recruitment.
Southeast – The region will establish a community garden in Lawrenceburg, fund student travel for the 2017 Clifton Strengths Summit, host a service learning mission trip to Haiti, and fund a field trip to COSI (Center for Science and Technology).
Southwest – Funds will be used to create Gloria’s Garden, a local community garden initiative.
Sellersburg – The region has many programs they are supporting including: assisting the Nursing Club’s National Student Nurses’ Association Annual Convention, supporting the Cliniteck Analyzer for Model Medical Laboratory, offering an eLender Library, sponsoring the Breakfast Club Table at Daughters of Greatness Series event, purchasing additional Recruiter Toolkits, and offering Ivy Emergency gas cards for Community Connections.
Bloomington – Funding will provide: student discount meals at the Yellowwood, a conference presentation at STEM to STEAM with Art History, a Vernier Probe/Sensor Interface update, headset microphones for live webcast classes, and video production at Tycho Brahe Observatory.
Statewide – Book fund scholarships will be award to students in all 14 Regions.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.