Nonprofit Spotlight: YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Last updated on March 16th, 2020 at 11:58 am

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 374-1800   |
Facebook:  |  Twitter: @YWCASEW

Year founded: Incorporated in 1893

Mission statement: YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Primary focus of your nonprofit organization: YWCA SEW brings its mission to life through individual empowerment services to support economic self-sufficiency (adult education, job readiness, and personal financial management coaching) while also focusing on racially just community-building through workshops, thought leadership and business consulting.

Other focuses of your organization: YWCA SEW is part of a national network that advocates for positive change on issues that impact women and families such as health & safety, civic engagement, and fair pay. Much of its work is done in collaboration, assuring wise stewardship of community resources.

Number of employees at this location: 28 in Milwaukee; five in Racine

Key donors: 1,000+ individual donors, Allstate, Baird, BMO Harris Bank, Brewers Community Foundation, Forrest County Potawatomi Foundation, GE Healthcare, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Green Bay Packers Foundation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Northwestern Mutual, Quarles & Brady, Rockwell Automation

Executive leadership: Ginny Finn, president & CEO (Interim)

Board of directors: Kimberley Noon, Cielo Healthcare, chair

Is your organization actively seeking board members for the upcoming term? Yes.

What roles are you looking to fill? Ambassadors for building a more economically vibrant region. Skills especially sought: finance, public/press relations, IT project management, great networkers of all kinds. We have and are committed to a multigenerational board representing our region’s diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Ways the business community can help your nonprofit:

  • Raise our profile – we can only help people if they know of our services.
  • Use our distinct consulting services to support your inclusion and equity goals.
  • Sign up for our renowned class: Unlearning Racism – Tools for Action.
  • Check out our volunteer opportunities (Milwaukee office is only 6 blocks from Fiserv Forum).

Key fundraising events:

  • 25th Anniversary Circle of Women, April 23, Discovery World, 5-8:30 p.m.; an event truly unlike any other.
  • An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, December TBD 2020, program celebration with thought-provoking, prominent speakers.
  • Boutique Bash, November TBD 2020, Dress for Success boutique with special sales.

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Lauren Anderson is an associate editor and covers health care, nonprofits and education for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism.

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