Announcing our 2013 Grant Partners!

Today we celebrate the beginning of another year of social change for women and girls as we proudly announce our 13 new 2013 Grant Partners! Over 11 years, The Fund has awarded 141 grants totaling an over 1.8 million dollar investment to put more women in leadership positions, strengthen girls’ lifeskills and empower more women to achieve economic independence. 

 The 2013 Grant Partners are:

Amethyst, Inc: Supported Employment: A Path to Independence for Women: Supported Employment increases women’s economic self-sufficiency through work readiness activities, job placement, and job support for women in recovery from addiction. The program engages employers in stigma reduction efforts and advocates to reduce barriers to employment for women with criminal records.

CATCO-Phoenix: Full STEAM Ahead: CATCO will create and pilot lesson plans for Full STEAM Ahead, an after-school program for middle school girls that uses Theatre to illuminate STEM concepts.  By adding the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects, CATCO creates a “STEAM” approach that helps students to become more engaged in the topics. 

CMAA Refugee Services: Capital Park Women’s Empowerment Project: The Capital Park Women’s Empowerment Project will impact 380 families living in Capital Park Apartments by empowering and training Somali refugee women to become leaders around the issue of safety in their surrounding neighborhood.

Doma International: Freedom a la Cart: Freedom a la Cart is a social enterprise project which will provide women exiting the sex trade with workforce development skills through a catering and food cart business.  Women will train for a family-sustaining livelihood while the general public becomes educated about human sex trafficking.  

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, Inc.: Power Up: Doing Nothing? Not an option! The Power Up program will reach girls in Fairfield, Licking and Pickaway Counties, sensitize them to relational aggression issues, and empower them to resist bullying and defend against it. Emphasis is placed on the role of bystanders and helps girls discover their power to stand up against bullying.

Girls on the Run of Franklin County: 2013 program sites in Columbus City Schools: Girls on the Run aims to empower and inspire girls to nurture their physical, emotional and spiritual health and to help spread the GOTR message to our community. GOTR educates and empowers girls in third-through-fifth-grade grades through programming which strives to instill life-changing attitudes and skills that can dramatically decrease body image issues, increase self-esteem and position girls to lead healthier and more successful lives.

HelpLine of Delaware & Morrow Counties and Youth to Youth: Thank Goodness I’m Female (TGIF) and GAL PAL’s: Thank Goodness I’m Female (TGIF), a teen-led and developed program, provides a unique and comprehensive approach to ending relational aggression. High school and middle school girls use open dialogue, skill building, youth mentoring, art exhibitions, a social-norm campaign, and social networking “Youtube-like” videos to be positive advocates for one another, as well as for themselves.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs: NEW Leadership Ohio: NEW Leadership Ohio is a week-long residential summer institute on the campus of The Ohio State University designed to encourage women to be politically engaged and to consider running for public office.  Participants gain an appreciation for the diversity of women’s experiences in politics and the value of women engaging in policy decision-making.

Mental Health America of Licking County: Licking County Bridges Out of Poverty: Bridges Out of Poverty engages the whole community in conquering the systemic causes of poverty.  Women in poverty learn the hidden rules of the middle class, public institutions change policies reinforcing poverty, and businesses, churches, and other organizations volunteer as Allies to help low-income women escape from poverty.

Otterbein University: Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network: The Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network will provide educational, networking, and transformational leadership opportunities for girls, students, and community leaders to cultivate a collaborative system of support that will increase women’s upward social and economic mobility.

Planned Parenthood: Peer Education Program: PPGO will engage teenage women as Peer Educators, developing them into informed leaders that will provide comprehensive sex education to their female peers and advocate for change in government and school policy. The educators focus on delaying sexual activity, non-violent relationships and protection from sexually transmitted diseases.

Rwanda Women in Action: Refugee Women Transitional Support: Refugee Women Transitional Support, in conjunction with Children’s Hunger Alliance, will certify refugee women to become childcare providers and begin their own cooperative daycares. Through the certification process, these women will make their first steps toward becoming economically independent in the United States.

TECH Corps Ohio: TECHie Camp: TECHie Camp: Girl Power is a full day, week long summer program designed to engage elementary school girls in hands-on, interactive STEM-related activities.  The girls will take a “deep dive” into subject matter focused on Robotics and Programming and emerge with knowledge, concepts and skills that are useful in today’s classroom and tomorrow’s workplace. 


 This grant slate represents new and proven programs, programs in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking and Pickaway counties, and deep work to help women and girls reach their full potential.  These are your investments at work.