Letter from YWCA Madison’s CEO
Annual Reports are meant to give stakeholders and friends a snapshot of the year that just occurred. As I sit down and think about the year, 2020, it’s hard to even know where to begin. In this report, you will see numbers and charts. And while this will demonstrate the vast impact of YWCA Madison, it won’t show you the depth of each act of service, of each person housed, or the power of a restorative justice circle. It won’t show you the power of attending our Racial Justice Summit or the simple act of sewing 100 masks for residents. I am proud of just how broad YWCA Madison’s impact is, but also how deep.
Our mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. 2020 not only called on us to broaden the movement that our agency is a part of, but it also called on us to turn inward and care for each other as individuals needing added safety and support. We struggled together, we rejoiced together, we pivoted, but we kept our doors open and our programs going. Some of us worked virtually, some of us were on the frontlines, some of us did both. We were all united in YWCA Madison’s shared values of community, humanity, growth, and restoration.
To distill 2020 down into a report, well, it is difficult to do. Nonetheless, I ask you to please take a moment to see our impact. But know that the stories, the people, the belief in humanity…that’s what drives us. We know that’s what drives you, our supporters, volunteers, participants, donors, program partners. Thank you for standing with us.
Vanessa McDowell, CEO
DOWNLOAD THE 2020 YWCA MADISON ANNUAL REPORT
Program Area Snapshots
To fulfill our mission, YWCA Madison:
- Advances race & gender equity to create a more inclusive community.
- Helps people improve their financial situations through employment & transportation.
- Supports women and families in housing & shelter.
- Offers school and community restorative justice programming.
Race and Gender Equity at a Glance
YWCA Madison’s Race & Gender Equity programs support people and organizations to interrupt institutionalized racism and sexism while developing knowledge and skills to center, deepen and broaden equity and belonging in their personal, professional, and organizational practices. For 20 years, the Race and Gender Equity department at YWCA Madison creates opportunities for deep racial justice learning and unlearning, as well as offers collaborative consulting services for transformative change that centers, deepens and broadens racial justice, equity and belonging within organizational systems and culture.
Employment & Transportation at a Glance
YWCA Madison improves the economic wealth of individual families and our community. Economic empowerment speaks to an individual’s ability to make strategic choices, improve ones economic situation, and alter existing power structures that create barriers to economic justice. Economic empowerment is more than simply having a job. Our goal is to create economic justice that equals equity and fairness. YWCA Madison achieves these goals by providing employment and training programs and safe transportation solutions.
Housing & Shelter at a Glance
Everyone needs a place to call home—a safe haven and shelter from the storm, a place to settle and be nurtured. YWCA Madison has designed several services that address this need and help women and their families find stability in a supportive and caring environment. Through internal programs (located at 101 E. Mifflin Street) and external programs (throughout the Greater Madison area), YWCA Madison is a leader in housing and supporting families as they navigate their journey towards stable housing.
Restorative Justice at a Glance
YWCA Madison’s Restorative Justice Programming takes a healing centered approach, rather than a punitive one. Through direct services, consultation and coaching, and curated Restorative Justice education experiences, our team cultivates anti racist, abolitionist, decolonizing healing spaces for young people, school staff, parents/families, and the community. YWCA Madison’s Restorative Justice team maintains an acute focus on the experiences and needs of Black, Indigenous, and youth of color and young people with other marginalized identities as they navigate and are impacted by systems of oppression and racism in schools and the community. We utilize the practice of circle keeping to build relationships and community, to respond to harm/conflict, and cultivate collective care in shared values. Our team coordinates Restorative Justice implementation in several middle schools and receives referrals from Madison Police to reconcile conflicts and harm caused to and by young people without the use of courts, punishment, and other exclusionary practices that function to replicate and reinforce harm and generally leads to more conflict.
Lists of 2020 Supporters
Empowerment Society members have turned their passion and support of YWCA Madison’s mission into action through a five-year annual pledge. These unrestricted gifts bring stability that allows us to be responsive to community needs and opportunities. Thank you!
We are grateful to the individuals who provided generous support to YWCA Madison. Over 235 donors also made contributions of $99 or less and several donors gave anonymously. YWCA Madison solicits donations in a number of ways: events, mailers, online efforts, meetings and proposals. Regardless of how your support comes our way, we appreciate it! Thank you!
YWCA Madison works with corporations, foundations, organizations, and government institutions to help further our mission. On behalf of women, children, and families, we salute our partners and funders with heartfelt, Thanks!
Members of YWCA Madison’s Legacy Society are individuals who are part of YWCA’s future. These thoughtful women and men plan to leave the world a better place through their legacy gifts which will help preserve and expand the work of YWCA Madison for generations. Thank you!
We encourage you to consult with your financial advisor and tax professional to assist you in making a thoughtful and effective estate plan. Working with these professionals will help you to fully evaluate personal and family issues of importance to you, as well as your wishes for any charitable donation to YWCA Madison.
If you would like more information on joining YWCA Madison’s Legacy Society or making a charitable contribution, please contact Jill Pfeiffer at 608-257-1436, option 2.
*YWCA Madison’s annual report is available to the pubic.