YWCA Campaign for the Future

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We’re expanding!

YWCA drawing from 1970
Our current structure was built in 1970. We are hoping to expand our current facilities in order to better meet the needs of our community.

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.

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

The Campaign has 4 pillars that are the foundation for our expanding work:

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
Bully & Andrews, Preconstruction Services – Catherine Solecki, Mike Lemmons
AT Group, Owner’s Rep- Jim Kastenholz, Jim Johnson

TRUE 100 Ambassadors

The TRUE 100 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, Paul Naye, CFO, and Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development.

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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 get involved, please contact us at info@ywca-ens.org.