The Herald Bulletin

May 26, 2013

Open Hearts, Open Purses members to select grant recipient

Fourth annual award banquet June 13

The Herald Bulletin

PENDLETON, Ind. — Every year since 2010, a group of at least 100 women have joined together to maximize the impact of their charitable donations by pooling their contributions in the “Open Hearts, Open Purses” (OHOP) giving circle.

Organizers said the premise of a giving circle is that a group of like-minded individuals agree to contribute funds toward a common purpose — along the way, increasing awareness of that issue and the impact of the pooled gift.

Annual membership in the OHOP giving circle is open to women who contribute at least $100 to the OHOP Fund established at the South Madison Community Foundation in 2010. Members solicit grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that positively impact families and children in southern Madison County; of the proposals received, three finalists are selected to compete for the annual $10,000 OHOP Grant.

This year, the grant committee recommended the following projects to be considered and voted upon by the full membership:

 Lapel-Stony Creek Fire Department: Thermal Imagery Camera

 Pendleton Community Public Library: Read ‘n’ Feed

 Trinity United Methodist Church: Project Imagination Station

Each finalist will be allowed a 10-minute presentation to the full OHOP Membership and guests at the OHOP Award Banquet on the evening of Thursday, June 13. Following the presentations, OHOP members will vote to determine the grant recipient.

Jill Sizemore, chairwoman of the OHOP Steering Committee, explained that the presentations are an opportunity for OHOP members to learn more about the needs of the community and how those needs are being met by local service providers; “our members have supported fabulous organizations with their grant awards during the past three years, but just as importantly, they have become more informed and deeply committed to the organizations that serve our local families.”

Sizemore invited women who are interested in joining OHOP to contact the South Madison Community Foundation to secure their right to vote in time for the June 13 award banquet, and encouraged any woman who is interested in seeing OHOP in action to inquire about attending the event as a non-voting guest for $15.

“Once women see the power of the OHOP giving circle in action, I believe they will want to become members in the future, and as our circle grows, so does our community impact,” she said.

To secure OHOP membership or reservation at the banquet, call the South Madison Community Foundation at 778-8444 or via email to