Aurora, IL, May 14, 2018 – 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 Foundation will begin its operation with over $4 million in funds.
In December 2017, the YWCA Aurora board engaged with the 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 the 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 and support our mission, we can continue to serve as a powerful social driver.”
The YWCA Aurora Foundation anticipates releasing grant guidelines and funding cycle details in late 2018 and looks forward to partnering with qualified non-profit organization’s seeking funding for programming in alignment with the Foundation’s mission.
YWCA Aurora has provided 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. The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.