Women’s giving circle awards its first grant to HAND

Members of the newly formed 100+ Women Who Care of Hamilton County voted Aug. 16 to award the giving circle’s first grant to HAND.

Giving circles are groups of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to support charitable organizations, making a bigger mark collectively than members could on their own.

The first 100+ Women Who Care grant totaled $3,400—$100 each from 34 women who participated in the August meeting. Funds will be used to help install a commercial-grade playground at HAND’s Home Place Gardens development, now under construction.

The giving circle’s goal is to have 100 or more members, so the group would give $10,000 grants to local charities at each quarterly meeting.

Members nominate deserving charities for a grant at the meetings, and the names of three recommended charities are (literally) pulled from a hat. Nominators then make a 5-minute presentation before the membership votes by secret ballot to choose a winner.

The next 100+ Women Who Care meeting is Feb. 15 at the Noblesville Event Center. Visit the group’s website to learn more.