Women's Giving Circle

Empowering Women to Make a Difference

Formed in 2012, the Women’s Giving Circle of Jefferson County (WGCJC) is a community of philanthropic women of all ages and backgrounds. By combining their financial strength, these women are able to collectively make a positive change for women and children throughout Jefferson County.

All women in Jefferson County are welcome and invited to join. Membership consists of an annual, tax-deductible contribution of $100. 75% of each membership is used to make the annual grants, while 25% is invested in the Women’s Giving Circle Endowment in Memory of Bonnie Hare. Junior memberships are available for young ladies ages 18 and under for $50, and are split $25/$25.

Assets of the WGCJC are held and maintained at the Community Foundation.

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WGCJC Sub-Circles

Members of the WGCJC are invited to participate in one or more of the group’s Sub-Circles. These committees help the WGCJC achieve their annual goals. These committees are: 

  • Governance – help with updating Policies & Procedures
  • Grants – evaluate applications during the annual grant cycle
  • Marketing/PR – utilize email, social media, and local media outlets to get the word out about the group
  • Membership – help with the recruitment and retention of Giving Circle members
  • Special Events – help plan and organize annual events including the spring Annual Meeting

How We Give

The WGCJC makes grants annually to organizations that have the greatest potential to help the women and children of Jefferson County, Indiana. The Grants Sub-Circle reviews applications and provides grant recommendations to the general membership, which then votes on the recommendations at the annual meeting/dinner in the Spring. Grants are focused on the following four fields of interest, with the specific purpose of benefitting women and/or children:

  • Education
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Violence and Crime Prevention

Click the link at the top of the page to learn more about the WGCJC Grant Program.

2020 WGCJC Grant Winners

Who We Are

The membership of the WGCJC consists of women of all ages and backgrounds who come together, pool their contributions, and make funding decisions together. 

Our membership is made up of your neighbors and friends. Take a look at our current membership roster below to see the names of these generous women. We would love to add your name, too!

2019 WGCJC Annual Dinner

Donna Wehner – Chair
Jane Williams – Vice-Chair
Marta Belt – Secretary
Nancy Totten – Treasurer
Kathy Crafton
Tracy Geglein
Tamara Hall
Jean Herron
Leah James
Lynn Maricle
Pam Sandoz
Joyce Wells

Tracy Ahlbrand
Kendra Auxier
Michele Barlow
Stacy Barnes
Ada Bear
Marta Belt
Kim Bennett
Karin Bernstein
Julie Berry
Katy Biallas
Lindsay Bloos
Nadja Boone
Jarrett Boyd
Launa Braun
Kim Breeding
Martha Brown
Karen Buchanan
Mary Kay Butler
Phyllis Calvin
Emma Campbell
Maggie Campbell
Donna Carl
Janet Castor
Kyleen Center
Elizabeth Chapa
Paula Clark
Darleen Connolly
Kathy Crafton
Susan Craig
Brenda Cummins
Jenny Darnold
Mary Davee
Linda DeLuca
Missy Demaree
Celestra Dewey
Karen Dickie
Sandy Dierdorf
Molly Dodge
Laurie Dorsey
Carol Dozier
Sylvia Duke
Vicky Dunagan
Jane Durst
Nancy Eagleson
Jackie Eggenspiller
Brenda Eversole
Brenda Finnegan
George Ann Fisher
Sandy Freeman
Bev Gaffney
Tracy Geglein
Sandy Gold
Cindy Goley
Robin Goodknight
Ann Selby Goodman
Natalie Green
Meredith Gregg
Maria Grote
Carolyn Gunter
Jessica Hall
Lynn Hall
Tammy Hall
Susanne Hamner
Glenna Hanks Wade
Lisa Hanson
Sara Hare
Paula Hartman
Mary Heaton
Lori Heitz
Magnolia Heitz (Jr. Member)
Lynn Heitz-McKay
Wilma Henderson
Jennifer Hensler
Jean Herron
Angie Hertz
Carol Hertz
Dee Hertz
Katie Hertz
Kelli Hertz
Laura Hodges
Karen Howard
Martie Hoying
Janet Huber Lowry
Leah James
Betsy Johnson
Julia Johnson
Christina Jones
Pam Jones
Debbie Judge
Terry Kapfhammer
Karol Kirk
Judy Koehler
Lindsey Laughlin
Bonnie Lee
Heather Leininger
Catherine Le Saux
Sue Livers
Mary Carol Lorton
Gina Lynn
Linda Lytle
Ariel Makin
Lynn Maricle
Mary Kay McCubbin
Mary McCuskey
Cindy McKay
Gerry Michl
Mary Beth Mock
Karen Modisett
Elaine Morrill
Michelle Mouser
Thelma Mullett
Anna Nelson
Ruby Nichols
June Nighbert
Susan Ohlendorf
Margo Olson
Charmaine Owens
Sandy Palmer
Binnie Phillips
Franny Phillips
Veronica Phillips
Alanagh Pimlott
Debbie Powell
Kimberly S. Reese
Shelli Reetz
Judy Richardson
Connie Risk
Gloria Risk
Ann Roahrig
Linda Roaks
Susanne Robbins
Alice Rogers
Ann Roller
Kathy Rosenberg
Pam Sandoz
Jill Schafer
Susan Schmidt
Tonya Schmidt
Flower Shaffstall
Rachel Sharpe
Happy Smith
Cynthia Lin Smoots
Nancy Sprunger
Sue Stack
Susan Stahl
Hilary Steinhardt
Phyllis Steinhardt
Karen Todd
Priscilla Torline
Nancy Totten
Patty Trimble
Nancy Underwood
Betty Varble
Donn Vecchie-Campbell
Jan Vetrhus
Betsey Vonderheide
Nancy Watson
Julie Wattenbarger
Donna Wehner
Joyce Wells
Julie Wells
Linda Wenning
Sharyn Whitman
Jill Wiest
Carole Williams
Jane Williams
Katie Wood
Sally Wurtz

Tracy Ahlbrand
Nina Alcorn
Elizabeth Auxier
Kendra Auxier
Michele Barlow
Stacy Barnes
Ada Bear
Marta Belt
Kim Bennett
Julie Berry
Katy Biallas
Lindsay Bloos
Nadja Boone
Jarrett Boyd
Launa Braun
Kim Breeding
Kate Brown
Martha Brown
Karen Buchanan
Deb Bunton
Jessica Butler
Mary Kay Butler
Phyllis Calvin
Cheryl Campbell
Emma Campbell
Maggie Campbell
Charlotte Canida
Donna Carl
Janet Castor
Kyleen Center
Elizabeth Chapa
Paula Clark
Jennifer Clayton
Bea Collins
Darleen Connolly
Kathy Crafton
Susan Craig
Stacy Crawley
Valecia Crisafulli
Brenda Cummins
Jenny Darnold
Linda DeLuca
Missy Demaree
Celestra Dewey
Karen Dickie
Sandy Dierdorf
Molly Dodge
Laurie Dorsey
Carol Dozier
Sylvia Duke
Vicky Dunagan
Jane Durst
Nancy Eagleson
Jackie Eggenspiller
Barbara Ellefsen
Brenda Eversole
Brenda Finnegan
Anna Fisher
George Anne Fisher
Patti Frazier
Sandy Freeman
Tracy Geglein
Jaman Geyman
Sandy Gold
Donna Godward
Cindy Goley
Robin Goodknight
Ann Selby Goodman
Susan Graham
Lisa Gray
Natalie Green
Meredith Gregg
Maria Grote
Carolyn Gunter
Jessica Hall
Lynn Hall
Tammy Hall
Margaret Hamilton
Susanne Hamner
Glenna Hanks Wade
Sara Hare
Paula Hartman
Mary Heaton
Lori Heitz
Wilma Henderson
Jennifer Hensler
Jean Herron
Magnolia Heitz (Jr)
Angie Hertz
Carol Hertz
Dee Hertz
Katie Hertz
Kelli Hertz
Laura Hodges
Karen Howard
Martie Hoying
Janet Huber Lowry
Connie Huntington
Leah James
Jane Jenner (JR)
Katie Jenner
Mary Grace  Jenner  (JR)
Betsy Johnson
Julia Johnson
Nancy Jones
Pam Jones
Tina Jones
Terry Kapfhammer
Michelle Kimmel
Karol Kirk
Shirley Kloepfer
Stephanie Knox
Judy Koehler
Penny Koehler
Margaret Krantz
Lindsey Laughlin
Bonnie Lee
Heather Leininger
Denise Leiske
Catherine Le Saux
Maggie Lisle
Sue Livers
Mary Carol Lorton
Janie Mahoney
Ariel Makin
Lynn Maricle
Mary Kay McCubbin
Mary McCuskey
Cindy McKay
Charisa McMahan
Gerry Michl
Lesley Miller
Stephanie Miller
Tina Mitchell
Mary Beth Mock
Karen Modisett
Elaine Morrill
Michelle Mouser
Thelma Mullett
Elizabeth Murphy
Anna Nelson
Nancy Newell
Ruby Nichols
June Nighbert
Susan Ohlendorf
Margo Olson
Charmaine Owens
Sandy Palmer
Meg Perry
Megan Phillippe
Binnie Phillips
Franny Phillips
Veronica Phillips
Alanagh Pimlott
Starla Raley
Kimberly Reese
Judy Richardson
Connie Risk
Gloria Risk
Linda Roaks
Ann Roahrig
Susanne Robbins
Alice Rogers
Ann Roller
Kathy Rosenberg
Victoria Rosenkranz
Pam Sandoz
Tonya Schmidt
Susan Schmidt
Anne Schroeder
Flower Shaffstall
Rachel Sharpe
Libby Sheppard
Cynthia Smoots
Nancy Sprunger
Becky Staab
Sue Stack
Susan Stahl
Phyllis Steinhardt
Susan Thomas
Karen Todd
Nancy Totten
Priscilla Torline
Patty Trimble
Nancy Underwood
Marianne Ungru
Betty Varble
Donn Vecchie-Campbell
Jan Vethrhus
Betsey Vonderheide
Robin Waltz
Abby Waltz-Suiter
Nancy Watson
Julie Wattenbarger
Donna Wehner
Ginny Welch
Joyce Wells
Julie Wells
Jill Wiest
Carole Williams  
Jane Williams
Sally Wurtz
Pam Zehren

JOIN TODAY!

To become a member of the WGCJC, one must contribute a $100 gift annually. Junior memberships of $50 are available for girls age 18 and under. Gifts are fully tax-deductible and memberships run by calendar year (January 1 – December 31). You can join now via Credit Card or ACH by clicking the JOIN NOW button to the right, or can mail a check along with our downloadable Membership Form to P.O. Box 306, Madison, IN 47250. Feel free to call Julie Wells at (812) 265-3327 or email [email protected] with any questions!

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