Women of the Rule Philanthropy Circle
Women of the Rule is a unique approach to philanthropy for women. Members experience the power of giving by making philanthropic decisions with other women who are committed to the same values.
Women of the Rule is dedicated to making a difference in the world by supporting the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana. Members form a partnership with the sisters by providing financial support for important strategic initiatives of the sisters. They also have opportunities for personal enrichment through programs centered on Benedictine spirituality and values and offered exclusively by the sisters for Women of the Rule.
How Women of the Rule functions:
- Each member makes an annual gift of $1,000.
- Sisters submit requests for funding that are based in the community’s strategic initiatives.
- Each fall, members of Women of the Rule review the proposals and select grant recipients.
- Members celebrate with the grant recipients at an awards banquet.
Become a part of Women of the Rule today—and help change lives! Your gift of $1,000 given by June 30 (our fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30) qualifies you as a member and entitles you to vote in the fall for the funding requests that will receive grants. Your annual gift can be given in one payment or in installments completed by June 30.
For more information, contact Sister Barbara Catherine Schmitz by e-mail or at 812-367-1411, ext. 2649.
How Your Gift Shapes a Better World
99% of your gift directly supports current and future endeavors of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.
80% is awarded for funding the proposals chosen by members.
20% is allocated to the Women of the Rule Endowment.
Only 1% of your gift is used to offset operating expenses for the Women of the Rule program.
Why is the Philanthropy Circle called “Women of the Rule”?
The Rule of St. Benedict is a spiritual path for finding God in the ordinary circumstances of daily life. The Sisters of St. Benedict live the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition of the Rule. Women of the Rule, joining with the sisters, seek to instill Benedictine values—hospitality, peace, balance, stewardship, listening, care, and respect for others—into their own lives.
The Mission of Women of the Rule
SUPPORT the strategic initiatives of the Sisters of St. Benedict through your annual financial commitment.
DEEPEN your own faith life by exploring Benedictine spirituality and values through programs offered exclusively for Women of the Rule by the Sisters of St. Benedict.
PARTICIPATE in the mission of the Sisters of St. Benedict by contributing your time and talents through volunteer opportunities.
EXPERIENCE the power of giving together as you make philanthropic decisions with other women who are committed to the same values.
EXPAND the reach of the ministries of the Sisters of St. Benedict, as you partner with the sisters in touching the lives of others.