YWCA Campaign for the Future

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We’re expanding!

Rendering of campus in 2022
Our campus in 2022!

Since 1931, YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been a force for social justice in northeastern Chicagoland. Empowering women and eliminating racism are the heart of what we do. We do it because we believe the well-being of ALL women is essential to the vitality of our communities.

Today, the need for YWCA has never been more urgent. Issues of racial and gender equity continue to garner more attention nationally and locally. Our communities require both immediate assistance for individuals affected by domestic abuse, as well as leadership and advocacy to address the root causes of violence against women and racial and gender inequities.

YWCA is not new to this – we’re true to this. We stand ready to lead.

With our strong and long record of community impact;  our well-earned reputation as a trustworthy, stable, and credible community leader; and our steady pace of recent growth, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is poised to seize this moment – to do and become more for our communities.

If you have questions about the YWCA Campaign for the Future, or want to know how you can support this effort, please contact Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development.

About the YWCA Campaign for the Future

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is embarking on a capital campaign to launch a bold new expansion plan that will expand and deepen our work in our communities.  The expansion has 4 overarching goals:

  • Expand and upgrade our current campus
  • Enhance our services to women and children
  • Increase our impact through new, innovative programs
  • Accelerate our transformation to a community catalyst, thought leader, and advocate for racial and gender equity

Learn more about the YWCA Campaign for the Future below:

In short, the Campaign has 4 pillars that are the foundation for our expanding work:

Groundbreaking Ceremony – September 17, 2020

Here’s why we’re supporting YWCA Campaign for the Future…

Deb Price“I spent my career in two male-dominated industries, academic medicine and automotive manufacturing, so I know from experience how women have been left behind in terms of empowerment, financial stability, equity and safety. Through employees, friends, acquaintances and news media, I came to realize how many women suffer abuse – physical, emotional and financial – or face racism, disempowerment and inequality….” continue reading here

-Deborah Price, YWCA-ENS board member


Ann B“Violence against women and domestic violence are issues I care deeply about. I realized that Mary Lou’s Place, the YWCA’s current domestic violence shelter, could be more and do more to help abused women in our community. That is why I am helping to build a new campus and emergency shelter.”

-Ann Balusek, YWCA-ENS Advisory Council


Jen Steans“I believe the Campaign for the Future will significantly enhance YWCA’s ability to ensure the safety and economic security for all women through the expansion of both its facilities and services. Furthermore, through the thought leadership of its diverse Board and leadership team, the newly created Equity Institute will be positioned to play a key role in furthering our mission of eliminating racism.”

-Jen Steans, YWCA-ENS board member and Chair, Campaign for the Future


Naming opportunities

YWCA’s new Family Support Center, Equity Institute, Economic Empowerment Center and renovated Aquatics area will offer unique opportunities to recognize your generosity or honor a loved one with your gift. See a list of the naming opportunities we have available here. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Vice President of Development Kathy Slaughter.

Campaign Leadership

Campaign Cabinet

The Campaign Cabinet is a team of 14 women leaders throughout our communities that will help guide the strategies and implementation of the Campaign:

Jennifer Steans, Chair
Ann Balusek
Sylvia Bateman
Vickie Burke
Carmen Corbett
Vicky Dinges
Suzanne Kanter
Maureen Kenney
Anna Nichols
Jennifer Paul
Deb Price
Cindy Rawlings
Penelope Sachs
Ronna Stamm

Campaign Counsel: The Alford Group, Brenda Asare, President

Expansion Committee

Carmen Corbett
Evelyn McGowan
Deb Price
Cindy Rawlings
Bill Stafford

Technical Advisors:
Landon Bone Baker, Architects – Catherine Baker, Jack Schroeder
WB Olson, Construction Manager. Dave Olson, Chris Powell and Kevin Shuttleworth
AT Group, Owner’s Rep- Jim Kastenholz, Jim Johnson

TRUE Ambassadors

The TRUE Ambassadors is an honorary committee of influential women and men across the North Shore who will champion the Campaign and build awareness of our work.


Staff leading the Campaign include Karen Singer, CEO, Kristen White, COO, and Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development.

To receive updates on our programs and on the state of the Campaign for the Future, please subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter below.

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Since 1931, YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been a leading champion for women and children in our communities. Almost 90 years later, we still are.

If you have questions about the YWCA Campaign for the Future, or want to know how you can support this effort, please contact Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development.