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Press Release: A Farewell Message from Vanessa McDowell-Atlas, CEO of YWCA Madison

Monday, January 22, 2024

A Farewell Message from Vanessa McDowell-Atlas, CEO of YWCA Madison MADISON, Wisconsin, January 22, 2024, – A Farewell Message from Vanessa McDowell-Atlas, CEO of YWCA Madison. Dear Madison Community, I hope this message finds you well. It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of my departure from YWCA Madison as its… Continue Reading Press Release: A Farewell Message from Vanessa McDowell-Atlas, CEO of YWCA Madison

The Power of Trust-Based Philanthropy for Black Women Leaders

Thursday, December 7, 2023

This blog was written for and published by The Center for Effective Philanthropy and can also be found here. Trust-based philanthropy means something different to black women nonprofit leaders. We are often not trusted out of the gate because of bias due to our intersectional identity. We are often questioned about our decisions — and… Continue Reading The Power of Trust-Based Philanthropy for Black Women Leaders

Press Release: Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open

Thursday, July 20, 2023

YWCA Madison Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open MADISON, Wisconsin, July 19, 2023 – Registration is now open for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit. Building on YWCA Madison’s collective values of Humanity, Community, Growth and Restoration, this 2023 Racial Justice Summit will invite us all to practice Creating New… Continue Reading Press Release: Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open

Press Release: YWCA Madison Invites You To Join Us As We Celebrate The Lives of Women Creating New Possibilities In Our Community At The 48th Annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

YWCA Madison Invites You To Join Us As We Celebrate The Lives of Women Creating New Possibilities In Our Community At The 48th Annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards MADISON, Wisconsin – On Wednesday, June 21, 2023,  YWCA Madison will present the 48th Annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards at Garver Feed Mill in Madison,… Continue Reading Press Release: YWCA Madison Invites You To Join Us As We Celebrate The Lives of Women Creating New Possibilities In Our Community At The 48th Annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

YWCA Madison: Letter In Support of Petition 22-03 Eviction Record Retention

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Letter in Support of Petition 22-03 Eviction Record Retention RE: Petition 22-03 Eviction Record Retention Dear Honorable Justices, YWCA Madison is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Madison has been in continuous operation since 1909, and we are the largest provider of affordable… Continue Reading YWCA Madison: Letter In Support of Petition 22-03 Eviction Record Retention

Press Release: YWCA Madison Honors the Emerging Legacy of Women Doing the Work by Highlighting the Contributions of Six Women with the 47th Women of Distinction Leadership Award

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

YWCA Madison Honors the Emerging Legacy of Women Doing the Work by Highlighting the Contributions of Six Women with the Women of Distinction Leadership Award MADISON, Wisconsin – While discussions around women’s leadership continue to become more nuanced in today’s media, we at YWCA Madison continue to see, honor, and uphold women leaders. On Thursday,… Continue Reading Press Release: YWCA Madison Honors the Emerging Legacy of Women Doing the Work by Highlighting the Contributions of Six Women with the 47th Women of Distinction Leadership Award

YWCA Madison’s YWeb Career Academy and YWCA USA Receive Grant from Google.org to Expand YWCA Madison’s Signature Tech Program Nationwide

Thursday, July 16, 2020

MADISON, WI, July 16, 2020, –YWCA Madison has received a grant in collaboration with YWCA USA to expand YWCA Madison’s signature program, YWeb Career Academy, nationwide. This initiative is a part of Google.org’s $5 million-dollar commitment to YWCA USA to encourage program expansion of YWCA Madison’s successful program. YWCA Madison is proud to train and offer… Continue Reading YWCA Madison’s YWeb Career Academy and YWCA USA Receive Grant from Google.org to Expand YWCA Madison’s Signature Tech Program Nationwide

Amplify Madison Call for Applications

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Amplify Madison Call for Applications remains Open with new considerations due to Covid-19 MADISON, Wisconsin –  YWCA Madison is accepting applications for Cohort 3 of  Amplify Madison. Amplify Madison funds collaborative professional development projects to build skill, voice, and visibility for all people that identify as women, including trans women and in particular women of… Continue Reading Amplify Madison Call for Applications

YWCA Madison: A Message from CEO, Vanessa McDowell

Monday, June 22, 2020

YWCA Madison is taking the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff, volunteers, and community very seriously during this time.  We will get through this together by upholding our organizational values of Humanity, Community, Growth, and Restoration.  A Message from YWCA Madison CEO, Vanessa McDowell, June 18, 2020. Please understand that our staff is still… Continue Reading YWCA Madison: A Message from CEO, Vanessa McDowell

10 Ways to Support YWCA Madison During This Time

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Donate to YWCA Madison. https://www.ywcamadison.org/get-involved/donate/ Our work has not stopped. We continue to house, transport and provide critical services to our community, all while upholding our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Use your privilege and funds to support Black, Brown, and Indigenous-led organizations and people. Take the time to read our Stand Against… Continue Reading 10 Ways to Support YWCA Madison During This Time

Stand Against Racism: GROWTH–Standing for Justice in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  What do we want to Grow? What are we Growing?  At YWCA Madison, we embrace Growth as one of our core guiding values. This means that we know that learning and unlearning is a forever-journey that requires us to practice awareness, courage, compassion, and creativity. It means that we must nurture practices and feedback… Continue Reading Stand Against Racism: GROWTH–Standing for Justice in the Time of COVID-19

Stand Against Racism: An Opportunity to Bridge–Standing for Justice in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, April 23, 2020

As the global community contends with the new reality and suffering that COVID-19 presents, we at YWCA Madison are reflecting on what it means to practice our values of Humanity, Community, Growth, and Restoration during this time of upheaval. The societal response to Coronavirus and its fallout has brought many of the truths of the… Continue Reading Stand Against Racism: An Opportunity to Bridge–Standing for Justice in the Time of COVID-19

YWCA Madison: A Message from CEO, Vanessa McDowell

Monday, March 30, 2020

YWCA Madison is taking the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff, volunteers, and community very seriously with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. We will get through this together by upholding our organizational values of Humanity, Community, Growth, and Restoration.  A Message from YWCA Madison CEO, Vanessa McDowell Please understand that our staff is… Continue Reading YWCA Madison: A Message from CEO, Vanessa McDowell

YWCA Madison: Statement on COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

YWCA MADISON’S STATEMENT ON COVID-19. Dear Community, YWCA Madison is taking the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff, volunteers, and community very seriously with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. We will get through this together by upholding our organizational values of Humanity, Community, Growth, and Restoration. Please understand that our staff is working… Continue Reading YWCA Madison: Statement on COVID-19