Open Hearts, Open Purses

Women's Giving Circle, Open Hearts, Open Purses

100 women x $100 = major impact

A giving circle is all about sharing. Members share a $100 contribution in the form of grant dollars, share news of good philanthropic work being done in the community, and share word of the unmet needs around us- all in an effort to make South Madison County an even better place to live and raise a family.

Since 2010, the Open Hearts, Open Purses (OHOP) giving circle has shared over $200,000 with the community through grants to deserving organizations- all from individual women contributing just $100 each year!

The mission of Open Hearts, Open Purses is to provide financial resources to organizations for projects that improve the lives of individuals and families in our communities. OHOP provides the ability for women in our communities to make a difference in a big way by pooling their contributions for larger impact.

The OHOP initiative seeks at least 100 women every year who will each donate $100 for the betterment of our communities. Will you consider being one of those women as OHOP begins its next season of grant-making?

Join OHOP now (member- $100, member plus- $120, Junior member [18 or under]- $25)


To date: OHOP Grants have launched diverse programs, supported vital services, and built capacity of existing service providers, as shown below:

2010: Animal Protection League | Saving Max: therapeutic partnering of shelter pets and correctional complex offenders

2011: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Early Literacy: a book a month to the home of local children 0-5

2012: Pendleton Fire Department | Cribbing Equipment: stabilizing accident scenes to protect victims and responders

2013: Lapel-Stony Creek Fire Department | Thermal Imagery Equipment: seeing people in need despite smoke, darkness

2014: Pendleton Community Public Library | Project SUDS: Personal hygiene and cleanser pantry addition to food pantries

2015: Pendleton Artists’ Society | Children’s Art Programming: creating appropriate space for ongoing, quality art instruction

2016: Safe Families for Children | Preparing Additional Host Families: recruiting and preparing more hosts to serve children in need

2017: Falls Park-Brown Pool | Dive In 2 Swim: swim lessons for families in need of financial assistance

2018: Pendleton Elementary Primary | Inclusive Playground project: creating a safe, welcoming, friendly school community where all children may play together

2019: Lapel/Stony Creek Fire Service Territory | Advancing skills- upgrading the training level of 15 volunteer EMT's

2020: Pendleton Heights Middle School | "COACH" Mentoring Program

2021: Willow Place | Sprinkled Shelter Expansion

2022: Turn Away No Longer | Changing the Way Foster Care Begins

2023: South Madison Fire Protection Territory | Closing the Gap with Paramedic Training

2024: TO BE DETERMINED JUNE 13, 2024