Open Hearts, Open Purses 2014 Finalists Named

MADISON COUNTY, IN - 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.

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. In its first four years, OHOP has invested over $50,000 in community projects- all made up of individual $100 gifts.

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 which 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.

A grant committee of OHOP members reviewed applications for the grant and recommended the following projects to be considered and voted upon by the full membership:

  • Flagship Enterprise Center: Expanding the economic benefits of microlending to South Madison County
  • Pendleton Community Public Library: Project Suds
  • Pendleton YMCA: Sports Floor Replacement

Each finalist will be allowed a ten minute presentation to the full OHOP Membership and guests at the OHOP Award Banquet on the evening of Thursday, June 12. Following the presentations, OHOP members will vote to determine the grant recipient. Lisa Floyd, executive director of the South Madison Community Foundation and OHOP member, 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; “The three finalist applications represent incredible diversity in the services provided by our nonprofit community. Members will be fascinated by the details of the three finalist proposals.”

Floyd invited women who are interested in joining OHOP to contact the South Madison Community Foundation to secure their membership- and their right to vote for one of the three finalists- in time for the June 12 award banquet.

To secure your OHOP membership or reserve your spot at the Award Banquet, contact the South Madison Community Foundation at 778-8444 or via email to

The South Madison Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization established to assist donors in meeting their philanthropic interest in producing positive and sustainable change in the South Madison Community of Adams, Fall Creek, Green, and Stony Creek Townships. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and assisted in achieving its mission by committee members, staff, and community volunteers.

Last year the Lapel Fire Department received the $10,000 for the purchase of thermal imaging equipment.

You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.

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