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Make a Donation

YWCA Evanston/North Shore encourages you to get involved and make a difference in our community. One of the easiest ways to contribute is with on online donation.


There are lots of ways to make a contribution — and a difference!

Your monthly gift will have a lasting impact and help sustain our work.

The work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore has never been more important! By giving monthly, you provide dependable financial support for critical YWCA programs that help families.

  • EFFECTIVE – your monthly gift helps support programs that provide safety and shelter, financial education and job training, swim scholarships, and racial equity training.
  • POWERFUL – your monthly gift helps fuel innovative programs and new initiatives to meet the changing needs of our communities.
  • CONVENIENT – your monthly gift is automatically charged to your credit card and can be revised or cancelled at any time!


Simply select “I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR” on our donation form.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore encourages you to get involved and make a difference in our community. An easy way to support our community is by making an online donation today.

YWCA provides a variety of opportunities for you to make an individual gift.


Donate securely online using your credit card. You can make a one-time gift, or become a monthly donor. Monthly donations will be automatically charged to your credit card, and can be changed or canceled at any time.


Contact Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development at 224-420-3272 to make credit card donation over the phone.


Donate by check and mail to

YWCA Evanston/North Shore
1215 Church Street
Evanston, IL  60201


Many companies and organizations offer their employees an opportunity to make charitable gifts using payroll deductions. Check with your Human Resources department to see if this is an option for you.


If you have questions about any of our giving programs, please contact Kathy Slaughter, Chief Development Officer, at 224-420-3272.

You can invest in YWCA’s future by joining the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Legacy Circle with a gift to our Legacy Fund.

Legacy Circle gifts help to ensure the future growth and sustainability of our organization, and ensure that future generations of women and families can benefit from YWCA Evanston/North Shore programs and services.

Joining the Legacy Circle

The YWCA Legacy Circle recognizes individuals that include YWCA Evanston/North Shore as a beneficiary in their will or estate plans, as well as those individuals that make a direct gift to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Legacy Fund.

These gifts help strengthen our future by:

  • Contributing to the long-term financial health of YWCA Evanston North Shore.
  • Providing security in times of uncertain funding from public funding sources.
  • Ensuring that YWCA will continue providing essential services to women, children and families in the communities we serve for many years to come.

The most common type of Legacy Circle gift is a bequest gift. In addition to helping to secure our future, bequest gifts enable donors to create a lasting expression of their own personal legacy.

You do not need to have great wealth or a complex estate plan to make a bequest gift.

Making a bequest gift is as easy as adding this suggested language to your will, along with our legal name and Tax ID:

  • I give and bequeath to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Evanston, IL 60201 the sum of $____ , (or ____% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) for the general purposes of supporting YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
  • Legal name: YWCA Evanston/North Shore
  • Tax ID: 36-2193618

A bequest gift can be made through your original will or in a codicil.  It is revocable and you can amend anything you choose. In addition we will not receive anything during your lifetime.

If you have already included YWCA Evanston/North Shore as a beneficiary in your will or estate plans, please let us know so that we may thank you and acknowledge your generosity.

For more information, please contact Kathy Slaughter, Chief Development Officer at 224-420-3272 or kslaughter@ywca-ens.org .

*Planning your estate requires careful consideration. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for professional advice.

Many employers offer matching gift programs through which the company will make a separate gift that is equal, double, or even triple the amount of your gift. You can use the search engine below to see if your company has a matching gift program. It will also direct you to any forms you may need to fill out, and let you know which gifts apply for matching.

You can also contact your company’s Human Resources Department to learn more about your employer’s matching gift program. If available, they will provide you with the necessary forms to be completed and submitted along with your gift. One-time gifts, gifts of securities, and tributes and special gifts are all eligible for matching funds from employers.

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Our Leadership Circle comprises donors who make annual contributions of $5,000 or more to YWCA Evanston/North Shore. It is our premier donor community, offering opportunities for donors to connect more deeply with our mission and our programs. Leadership Circle gifts provide critical operating support for all YWCA programs, and impact thousands of women, children and families throughout our service area. These annual gifts are an important investment in the well-being of our communities.

To find out how you can join our YWCA Leadership Circle, please contact Kathy Slaughter, Chief Development Officer, at kslaughter@ywca-ens.org or 224-420-3272.

Gifts to Donor Advised Funds (DAF) have become popular vehicles for charitable giving due to favorable tax benefits.


DAFs are named charitable giving accounts that are set up under a public charity, most often a sponsoring financial or community institution. To set up a DAF, donors make an irrevocable gift of cash or other assets to the financial or community institution, receive a tax deduction, and as a “donor advisor” are then able to make non-binding grant recommendations to charities they care about.

How to Make a Gift

Giving through your DAF is easy. Simply contact your financial or community institution to recommend a grant to YWCA Evanston/ North Shore. Our tax identification number is 36-2193618.


We are happy to recognize your donations to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, whether made via a DAF or other sources, in our Annual Report.


This Information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For information on how your philanthropic giving may affect your tax situation, please consult with your financial advisor.

Your gift can be made in honor or memory of someone special in your life. Tributes and special gifts can serve to acknowledge a meaningful event, such as a birthday or graduation, or to send a special message to a loved on a meaningful occasion, such as Mother’s Day. We will send a letter sharing news of your gift to your designated recipient.

You can make a Tribute gift using our online donation form. Make sure to click the “I would like to dedicate this donation” checkbox, which will allow you to fill out the person you a dedicating your donation to, as well as where we can send an acknowledgment letter for your gift.

If you have any questions, please contact our Development Office at (224) 420-3272.

When you transfer stocks or other securities to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, you are eligible for a tax deduction for fair market value. You can designate your gift for a specific fund or purpose.

For more information about donating stock or other securities to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, contact Kathy Slaughter, Chief Development Officer at kslaughter@ywca-ens.org.

Nov. 2021 update: YWCA’s main building (1215 Church Street, Evanston) is accepting in-kind donations that have been approved by the in-kind gift coordinator, please e-mail dstamatelos@ywca-ens.org with the items you wish to donate and then once approved, items may be dropped off at the front desk.  

Clothing donations of gently used and/or new women’s clothing and accessories may be dropped off at our resale shop YWCA Shop for Good (1107 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091) read YWCA Shop for Good donation drop-off policy.

We love in-kind donations!

There are items we love, and items we cannot accept. We want to make sure your in-kind donations are put to good use, so please check our in-kind donation webpage before making any kind of donation.

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Buy a brick — in honor or in memory

Donate a personalized brick engraved with the name of your family, in honor of a special person in your life, or in memory of a loved one. Your brick donation will support the mission of YWCA, to eliminate racism and empower women.

Newly engraved bricks are installed every summer on the walkway near the Main Entrance at the south end of YWCA’s campus where hundreds of people will see it every day for years to come.

Click here to buy a brick