YWCA Aurora to Become the YWCA Aurora Foundation

Organization to Provide Funding for Aurora-Area Non-Profits  Focused on YWCA Mission

The YWCA Aurora Board of Directors today announced that it will become the YWCA Aurora Foundation later this year. The transition to a foundation will allow the YWCA Aurora to financially support the work and programs of other area non-profits aligned with the mission of the YWCA to enhance women’s economic empowerment and lead racial justice initiatives. The YWCA Aurora Foundation will be incorporated as a not for profit organization and begin its operations with more than $4 million in funds acquired from the sale of its building in 2009.

In December 2017, the YWCA Aurora board embarked on a diligent three-month process, led by YWCA Northwestern Illinois CEO Kris Kieper Machajewski, to help determine the organization’s strategic direction. This effort included internal reviews, conversations with organizational leadership and meetings in the Aurora community with business and municipal leaders.

After considerable research and evaluation, it was determined by the Board of Directors that YWCA Aurora would drive the most positive impact for the Aurora community by transitioning its model from serving as a program provider to that of a foundation to support the exceptional work of other non-profit program experts. As a result, the YWCA Aurora in its current form will be dissolved and the YWCA Aurora Foundation will be formed as a new entity.

“The YWCA Aurora Board of Directors has been an exceptional steward of the funds received from the sale of our building nearly a decade ago. Through our transition to a foundation, we will remain committed to supporting the mission of the YWCA by providing funding to area non-profits that have the ability to positively impact racial justice and women’s economic empowerment,” said Amy Baudouin, YWCA Aurora Board Chair. “We believe that by supporting those organizations best positioned to offer programming that addresses the needs of our community, we can continue to serve as a powerful social driver.”

The YWCA Northwestern Illinois has been contracted by YWCA Aurora Board of Directors to manage and administer the dissolution process and will assist in the creation of the foundation. By the end of 2018, the foundation will share its funding cycle, guidelines for support and the application process for qualified non-profits.

YWCA Aurora provides women and girls with the leadership skills necessary to achieve greater personal power and economic success; and, provides a safe forum for discussing race relations. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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