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YWCA Aurora to become YWCA Aurora Foundation


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.  



YWCA Aurora Newsletters

Issue Two - 2017 contains: contains:

  • An Amazing and Defining Year! The Update from Melissa Nigro, Executive Director
  • The After School Program
  • The STEM Initiative
  • Recap of the 2016 Leaders of Change Luncheon
  • Recap of Community Dialogues on Race Relations
  • Give Peace a Chance: Recap of Peace-Related Activities
  • Parent's Workshop on Bullying Prevention
  • Peace Celebration
  • Women's Empowerment Scholarships

Issue One - 2016 contains:

  • First update from new Executive Director, Melissa Nigro
  • Overview of 2015 Leaders of Change Luncheon
  • Membership Drive
  • Overview of Peace Program

YWCA Aurora Press Releases

Community Dialogues May 26, 2017

YWCA launches STEM Program May 25, 2017

Clothing and Book Drive May 5, 2017

Flower Fundraiser April 18, 2017

Peace Program Celebration April 7, 2017

Parent Workshops Press Release January 23, 2017

Peace Walk September 12, 2016

New Board of Directors Press Release August 19, 2016

Peace Vigil Orlando Tragedy Press Release June 17, 2016

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Press Release May 19, 2016

Peace Program Celebration Press Release May 12, 2016

Leaders of Change Luncheon Press Release February 11, 2016

YWCA Aurora in the news

Stand Against Racism Event, April 16, 2017

Peace Vigil for Orlando Tragedy June 25, 2016

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes May 30, 2016

Message from Martin Luther King’s daughter connects with Aurora Women April 25, 2016

YWCA Aurora creates two new scholarships April 14, 2016