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YWCA Boston, Inc.

 140 Clarendon Street, Suite 403
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 585-5400
[F] (617) 585-5499
[email protected]
Leigh Chandler
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EIN 04-2103548

LAST UPDATED: 10/26/2017
Organization DBA YWCA Boston
YW Boston
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

YW Boston's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Mission Statement

YW Boston's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $2,225,618.00
Projected Expense $2,687,720.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity
  • Girls' Health
  • LeadBoston
  • Women's Health
  • Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt)
  • Youth/Police Dialogues

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Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

YW Boston's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Background Statement

YW Boston focuses on bridging the significant social divisions within Boston. We are working to incrementally and measurably reduce systemic racial and gender disparities and improve social cohesion in Boston neighborhoods where health, educational and safety inequities are most significant. Working across racial, gender, economic and religious divides, we strive to:
• Identify and measure disparities and/or social cohesion gaps in public health, education and safety in Boston neighborhoods.
• Work with beneficiaries, direct service providers, leaders and organizations to: 
-Change individual thinking, behaviors and actions;
-Increase access to and use of health services, public education and police services;
-Improve institutional activities, practices and policies that perpetuate disparities that negatively affect Boston’s most vulnerable populations; and
-Develop partnerships with key individuals and at crucial leverage points to affect institutional and systemic change.
For nearly 150 years, YW Boston has focused on working with direct service beneficiaries. Recently we have added work with service providers and community leaders as well, in order to effect systemic change. Our Vision of Success includes: 
•More leaders are challenging their organizations’ practices and policies to reduce disparities based on class, race, and gender.
•More adults and teens are working together to make positive social changes in their communities.
•More youth are on track academically and developing a positive self-concept and identity.
Since 1866 YW Boston has had a strong history of developing new approaches to solving social issues and addressing the needs of the community’s marginalized populations including women, people of color and the poor.
Today, YW Boston is the only organization in the city systemically working for social, racial and gender equity. Where health, educational and safety disparities are most significant, YW Boston is working to improve social
cohesion and link residents to resources and each other. Our programs are offered primarily in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, the South End, and Jamaica Plain. YW Boston brings together those who receive services, service providers, and leaders to unravel stereotypes and increase and communication between individuals. 

Impact Statement

YWCA Boston works for social, racial, and gender equity. We strive to: increase access to better health, make neighborhoods safer for everyone, and close the educational achievement gap. We bridge divides, bringing together women and men, adults and youth, communities and companies, to make a better Boston.

Needs Statement

The mission of YW Boston is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Each local YWCA is autonomous, and interprets the mission as appropriate to its own location circumstances. In 2011, with the help of The Boston Foundation and the Bridgespan Group, YW Boston explored how the national mission would best be applied to Boston. We found a city of paradox with a growing divide among economic classes and races. For example:
• Despite increasing diversity, underlying racial and gender stereotypes and segregation still permeate many of Boston’s institutions and public services.
• Numerous studies show that unconscious and conscious personal biases held by predominantly white and middle- and upper-class service providers and organizational leaders perpetuate systemic and institutional inequities for people of color, low-income women and other marginalized populations. (Boston Public Health Commission, 2005; Achievement Gap Presentation of Boston Public Schools, 2010; MA Department of Corrections, 2009).
YW Boston is committed to improving individual awareness and education, facilitating social cohesion, and mobilizing stronger social, civic and professional networks to change institutional activities, practices, and policies.

CEO Statement

YWBoston has 150 years of experience serving the needs of Boston's most marginalized populations. Our longevity is due to ongoing adaptations to meet the changing needs of Boston’s residents, and our experience brings us to these truths:
  • Direct service alone is not enough to create deep and lasting social change.
  • Serious racial, gender, and social disparities still exist and profoundly affect the quality of life of all Bostonians.
Boston is a city of great paradox. We have some of the finest hospitals and medical research facilities in the country, yet research shows we have some of the poorest public health outcomes. We are home to world-class educational institutions, but also to a widening education achievement gap. We are a city with ever increasing racial diversity, yet one of the nation’s most racially segregated urban areas.
For these reasons, YW Boston is working to improve racial equity, gender equity, and social cohesion throughout Boston. We are targeting areas with the greatest needs, and in which we are already positioned to make major impact: health, education, and public safety.
We work with individuals to improve beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. And we work with service providers and institutions including the Boston Public Schools, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the Boston Police Department, and the Boston City Council to change policies that perpetuate disparities.
YWCA Boston is pioneering this model of systemic work, and we are contributing to national research into successful program models and evaluation for creating measurable, positive social change.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
Our staff travel all around the city – and throughout the Greater Boston area – to deliver our programs in community settings where they are needed most. By building up knowledge, skills, and relationships within communities, we ensure that systemic change will continue long after our program session ends. We have cultivated deep and long-lasting relationships in the neighborhoods we serve, which allows us to reach those most in need of our services. We are actively expanding our service area to meet the need in neighboring communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Health Care - Community Health Systems

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity

Too often, race and ethnicity are barriers between coworkers, neighbors, and communities. Organizations want to be inclusive, but don't know how to address these sensitive and complex topics. Our Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity program provides a safe, structured way for groups to talk openly about experiences of race and racism, identify barriers to inclusion, and work together to create solutions. As businesses, schools, and organizations diversify, they bring in YW Boston's Dialogues to build trust and understanding across racial divides. Over the course of five Dialogue sessions, our trained facilitators lead the participating group to: Learn about key concepts in racial equity; Use personal experiences to foster deeper understanding of race's impact in our lives; and Develop an action plan to build a more inclusive and equity-minded organization Each Dialogue series emphasizes active listening, relationship building and how to connect observation to action.
Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  In individuals Past participants describe being transformed by the experience of the Dialogues. Specifically, people who take part in a Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity series will gain: Insight into their own racial and ethnic identity; Improved communication and collaboration skills; Increased trust and new relationships across racial differences; and Clear direction on how they can improve inclusion. In groups The companies, nonprofits, schools, and community groups that hold a Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity series see noticeable shifts in group dynamics and culture. Organizations that hold a Dialogues series will gain: Enhanced productivity due to improved communication; Higher morale and strengthened commitment to the group; and A safer, more inclusive environment for all
Program Long-Term Success  For over ten years, Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity has brought together people living or working in Boston for meaningful conversations about race and ethnicity. Participants are educated and empowered to take action to improve the inclusivity of the spaces where they live, work, play, and pray. Individuals who have gone through the Dialogues are influencing Boston's civic life to promote racial equity and social cohesion.
Program Success Monitored By  Data collection and analysis is critical to the success of all our programs. We use Efforts to Outcomes™, the industry standard program-data management system, to track the progress of individual participants over time and more accurately measure our outcomes against our goals. For both Dialogues programs, we require all participants to fill out a pre-Dialogue and post-Dialogue assessment survey. By comparing the two, we measure the change in knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors that result from the Dialogue experience.
Examples of Program Success  Last year, Community Dialogues served 126 people where a first time ever dialogue was held in a health setting at Massachusetts General Hospital. We also trained twelve new facilitators and worked with three different Boston Public Schools. 55% Participates report that more capability recognizing and challenging racial stereotypes and 70% believe that the resulting action plan will have a positive impact on their organization/community. 80% believe that the Dialogues had a positive impact on their organization/community.

Girls' Health

Girls’ Health & Wellness provides gender-specific health literacy education to under-served girls and young women ages 10-23. Education is offered in workshops and held where girls gather, for example at schools, youth clubs, and after-school programs.
Budget  --
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In addition to key health information, girls in our workshops are taught skills needed to navigate the complexities of their worlds. Girls leave the series with improved skills in: Effective reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving; Interpersonal communication and negotiation; Building and maintaining healthy relationships; Comprehensive health behaviors, including exercise strategies, healthy eating, hygiene basics, and safe sex practices; and To ensure the effectiveness of our workshop series, we follow up with girls after the program to check on the progress on their self-identified health behavior commitments.
Program Long-Term Success 
The program's ultimate goal is to decrease health disparities for underserved girls.  We provide comprehensive health and wellness information while encouraging and empowering girls to take control of their own health, speak up for themselves and their peers, and develop healthy behaviors that will continue to serve them as they grow to adulthood.
Program Success Monitored By 
Recognizing the importance of measuring the impact of our programs, YW Boston tracks individual participants over time to determine the changes in knowledge, attitude, and behavior attributable to our programs. We also compile aggregate demographic information.  To measure outcomes for our Girls' Health  program, we collect pre- and post-workshops assessments from every participant.  Comparing the two allows us to measure increases in health knowledge and self-reported improvements in healthy behaviors.
Examples of Program Success  After our health workshops: 64% more girls know how to properly use protection during sexual activity; 85% of girls know how to navigate conflict in relationships; and 86% of girls are comfortable seeking help from a trusted adult in a relationship conflict.


LeadBoston is an executive education program focused on the inner workings of Boston, trends and issues that impact the city’s social and economic vitality, and socially responsible leadership. Organizations that sponsor participants have found that their delegates are more effective in solving challenging problems, making business decisions, managing conflict, and leading an increasingly diverse workforce.
Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  LeadBoston alumni attest to the lasting impact of the program in their personal and professional lives. Specifically, professionals that participate in LeadBoston will gain: A valuable network of diverse, high-caliber professionals and access to continuing education and events; Greater understanding of Boston through experiential learning; Strengthened skills in complex problem solving and management; and The ability to be change makers for good in their organization and their community. Sponsoring an employee to participate in LeadBoston is not a donation, but an investment. The companies, nonprofits, and public agencies that sponsor a professional to attend LeadBoston will benefit from: Employees' increased problem solving and management skills; Access to a broadened network of local leaders; Raised visibility for civic engagement; and Increased employee engagement and loyalty.
Program Long-Term Success 
LeadBoston alumni will form and maintain a strong cross-sector network for affecting positive social change in Boston.  They will use their training in diversity and social justice, as well as their professional acumen and influence, to engage in socially responsible leadership.  Individually and collectively they will advocate for and attain greater diversity in the workplace and improved health, education, and safety outcomes for Boston's residents. 
Program Success Monitored By 
YWBoston understands the importance of measuring program outcomes in order to maximize results.  The primary tracking tool for LeadBoston is a self-evaluation that participants complete at the beginning of the program and again at the end; comparing the two sets of responses allows us to measure change over time.  We also administer surveys at the conclusion of each program day and make modifications based on that feedback.
Examples of Program Success  After LeadBoston, graduates report that they are: 89% building teams and partnerships across gender, racial, class, or organizational lines; 93% challenging assumptions; and 93% advancing diversity and inclusion at their organization.

Women's Health

Women’s Health & Wellness provides health care access, health literacy education, and referral and reminder services to underserved women, with services provided in Spanish and Haitian Creole, as well as English. Small group workshops are held at churches, community centers, health centers, and housing associations. Additionally, one-on-one education is offered to women attending mammogram screening on the Mobile Mammography Van, operated by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which visits community health centers where on-site screening is not available. Finally, reminder services are offered by telephone and text message.
Budget  --
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient Education
Population Served Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  In addition to key health information, women in our workshops learn skills that empower them in all aspects of their lives. They also benefit from the supportive group setting of the workshop. Following the workshop series, women have reported such changes as: Recognizing and making healthy choices; Prioritizing personal physical, emotional, and mental health; Getting recommended screenings; Sharing information with physicians; Acknowledging drug abuse; and Addressing abusive relationships.
Program Long-Term Success 
The ultimate goal of the program is to significantly reduce health disparities for women in traditionally underserved populations in Boston including: people of color, people who are economically disadvantaged, and immigrants.  We have a particular focus on decreasing breast cancer mortality rates through prevention and early intervention.
Program Success Monitored By  YWCA Boston uses a sophisticated database system called Efforts to Outcomes (ETO™) to track all its program activities and outcomes. ETO™ allows us to track individual participants over time, and to compile aggregate demographic information. Our staff members enter new data into the system at the conclusion of every program activity. Staff members also collect and record information about the women present at each workshop, and those who enroll in the text reminder service. Following a workshop, each participant completes an evaluation form; that feedback allows us to assess our educational effectiveness and guide future programming and materials.
Examples of Program Success  After our health and wellness workshops: 81% of women know how to improve their self-esteem when it's low; 83% of women feel comfortable performing a self-breast exam correctly 94%; of women feel confident dealing with conflict in their relationships.

Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt)

The Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is designed to develop young leaders who have a strong understanding of social justice and leadership skills, and support them as they implement projects that further race and gender equity and build community. InIt is a ten-month program for youth, which focuses on leadership development, 21st century workplace skills attainment, community building, and civic engagement. 
Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  InIt is nationally recognized for its best practices in cultivating social and emotional learning skills such as teamwork, empathy, emotion management, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving in its participants. These life skills have been identified as essential for young people to thrive in college and in today's workforce. Students graduate from InIt with new perspectives, relationships, and skills that benefit them in all areas of their lives. Specifically, students gain: In-depth understanding of social justice and how to affect positive change in their schools and communities; Meaningful connections with peers from different racial, religious, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds; Leadership and workplace skills like public speaking, time management, workshop facilitation, and communication skills; and Connection to a large network of InIt alumni who are local leaders.
Program Long-Term Success 
The ultimate goal of the InIt program is to encourage and support young people in becoming socially-responsible leaders for a lifetime.  InIt participants create positive social change in their schools and neighborhoods through their personal leadership commitments, as well as their team efforts.  As a result of the work undertaken by InIt youth to improve their communities, the program has exponential impact.
Program Success Monitored By  YWCA Boston is committed to tracking short and long-term outcomes to ensure the program remains relevant and effective, and can show longitudinal results. On an ongoing basis, we incorporate feedback from InIt alums, and administer frequent participant evaluations, including pre- and post- program Immersion Week and program day surveys. Youth are asked to complete an additional leadership capacity self-evaluation after they graduate. 
Examples of Program Success  After graduating from InIt, students report: 71% knowledgable of how to create a social justice workshop for peers; 71% speaking up when peers, parents, or friends make prejudiced comments; and 92% above average ability to participate in dialogue with people holding different perspectives.

Youth/Police Dialogues

Broken trust between police and residents decreases community safety and can have devastating consequences. Despite a shared goal of safer neighborhoods, improving police-community relations remains challenging, particularly for communities of color that have suffered the consequences of this mistrust for generations.Our Youth/Police Dialogues provides a safe, structured way for young people from these communities and police officers to come together, speak openly, and rebuild trust. Our Youth/Police Dialogues illuminates barriers between the youth and the officers and has them work together to brainstorm solutions. The four to six session curriculum covers topics critical to rebuilding positive relations, including stereotypes youth and police have of each other and the stop snitching culture and how to change it. Dialogues are highly interactive and structured to increase trust and build relationships, using group-generated agreements, role play activities, and 1-on-1 conversation.
Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Through Youth/Police Dialogues, conflict between youth and police is reduced as understanding, trust, and cooperation increase. Youth that participate in the Dialogues series report: Increased comfort in talking to policeIncreased sense of safety having police in their neighborhoodGreater willingness to report a crime Police officers that participate in the Dialogues series report: Increased consciousness of racial dynamicsGreater effort to interact with youth outside of conflict settingsIncorporating learning from the series into their policing
Program Long-Term Success  Our Youth/Police Dialogues provides a safe, structured way for young people from these communities and police officers to come together, speak openly, and rebuild trust.
Program Success Monitored By 
Data collection and analysis is critical to the success of all our programs. We use Efforts to Outcomes™, the industry standard program-data management system, to track the progress of individual participants over time and more accurately measure our outcomes against our goals. For both Dialogues programs, we require all participants to fill out a pre-Dialogue and post-Dialogue assessment survey. By comparing the two, we measure the change in knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors that result from the Dialogue experience.
Examples of Program Success 
Last year, Youth/Police Dialogues served 182 at-risk youth and of these participants 89% of youth are more likely to report a crime and 94% report that they would feel comfortable speaking to an officer. 71% of police say they now approach policing differently.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Beth Chandler
CEO Term Start Sept 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Beth Chandler, YW Boston’s chief operating officer, has taken over as interim chief executive. 

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations.

Most recently Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a growing national non-profit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap.

Previously, Beth served as deputy director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth. There she oversaw the organization’s programs and directed its strategic planning and monitoring efforts. She was also manager of national business development for Neighborworks America, one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development.

Beth also held stints at a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking, and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute.

Currently Beth serves on the Governance Board of the Boston Teachers Union School and is certified by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A former professional basketball player, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Jan 2007 Sept 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Annie Garmey -- Annie Garmey joined YW Boston in January 2016, with 30 years of experience in fundraising for nonprofits focused on education and housing and homelessness. Most recently Annie served as Director of Development at Mass Insight Education, a national nonprofit focused on transforming public schools into high-performing organizations and on closing the achievement gap. Prior to that, for eight years Annie served as Director of Institutional Advancement at Hearth, Inc., a nonprofit focused on ending elder homelessness through outreach, and the development and operation of service-enriched affordable housing for formerly homeless seniors. Annie continues to serve on Hearth’s Board of Visitors and the Hearth Shares Committee, a program focused on raising money in restaurants to end homelessness in Boston. Annie also worked at The Rivers School as Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs and as Campaign Coordinator. She got her start in fundraising working for the Harvard College Fund. Annie received her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University.
Jessica Zander -- Jessica Zander had over 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector prior to joining YW Boston in 2017. She oversees all financial operations of YW Boston, and affiliate Clarendon Residences, LLC. Most recently, Jessica was the chief operating officer at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to that, she was the chief financial and administrative officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay; the vice president of finance and administration at Conservation Law Foundation; and the director of finance and administration at the Steppingstone Foundation. Jessica holds a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology from Washington University, in St. Louis, and an MBA from the Heller School, at Brandeis.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Pinnacle Award, Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2014
Rosoff Awards, Winner, Non-Profit Diversity Initiative The Ad Club 2013
All-Inclusive Award, Change Agent Organization Color Magazine 2011
Leaders in Diversity Award, Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Boston Business Journal 2011
Rosoff Awards, Nominee, External Diversity Initiative The Ad Club 2011


Affiliation Year
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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We partner with over 100 businesses in the Boston area, including:

360 Public Relations LLC, Artemis Financial Advisors, Biogen Idec, DigitasDimagi, Inc, Eastern Bank, EBS Capstone, Edvestors, Flour Bakery, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Holland & Knight, LLP, Maloney Properties, Robinson & Cole LLP, Shawmut Design & Construction, Teach for America

We partner with over 500 nonprofits and agencies, including:

Action for Boston Community Development, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Asian Community Development Corporation, Association of Haitian Women in Boston, Boston Police, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Inc., Boston Area Gay & Lesbian Youth (BAGLY), Boston Bar Association, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston Housing Authority, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Public Library, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Community Change, Inc., Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dorchester Family Nurturing Center, Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC), Fenway Community Health Center, Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Smart from the Start Boston, Teach for America, United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 24
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Multi-racial
Gender Female: 23
Male: 1
Not Specified 2

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Mim Minichiello
Board Chair Company Affiliation HUB International New England
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Suzanne Abair Northland Investment Corporation Voting
Ms. Geeta Aiyer Boston Common Asset Management, LLC Voting
Mr. Ivor Cary Armistead III Ropes & Gray LLP Voting
Ms. Judy Beal School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Simmons College Voting
Ms. Gizella Crawford Tufts Health Plan Voting
Ms. Jessica Ragosta Early Holland & Knight Voting
Ms. Christy Egun Massachusetts General Hospital Voting
Ms. Nancy Hayes Bevington Right Management Voting
Ms. Andrea Kramer Chief, Civil Rights Division Office of the Attorney General Voting
Ms. Jillian McGrath Bernstein Global Wealth Management Voting
Ms. Mim Minichiello HUB International New England Voting
Ms. Sherrie Saint-Amant The TJX Companies, Inc Voting
Mr. Cedric Williams National Grid Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kylle Bonilla -- --
Bianca Dy -- --
Elizabel Hernandez -- --
Alliyah Muhammad Youth Committee --
Jack O'Halloran -- --
Christopher Tran -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jillian Campbell Bernstein Global Wealth Management --
Mr. Charles Clapp III Howland Capital Management --
Ms. Christyanna Egun Massachusetts General Hospital --
Ms. Marlene Fine Simmons College --
Ms. Katherine Flynn Signorelli PricewaterhouseCoopers --
Ms. Aliza Rodriquez Boston Police Department --
Ms. Rebecca Shuster Masachusetts Commissiion Against Discrimination --
Ms. Amanda Strong Colony Realty Partners --
Ms. Michelle Waters-Ekanem Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): multi-racial
Gender Female: 12
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 81%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,840,406 $925,409 $1,477,660
Total Expenses $2,555,214 $2,156,989 $2,121,135

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $765,247 $668,326 $675,881
Indirect Public Support $77,421 $80,780 $96,112
Earned Revenue $491,472 $373,966 $418,475
Investment Income, Net of Losses $695,038 $-182,280 $344,347
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $53,032 -- --
Other $-241,804 $-15,383 $-57,155

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,788,620 $1,631,060 $1,628,029
Administration Expense $325,146 $323,215 $326,224
Fundraising Expense $441,448 $202,714 $166,882
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.72 0.43 0.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 76% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 52% 27% 22%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $16,332,728 $16,990,902 $18,116,707
Current Assets $213,364 $332,099 $218,871
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $821,567 $644,021 $538,246
Total Net Assets $15,511,161 $16,346,881 $17,578,461

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.26 0.52 0.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

YWCA Boston is a nonprofit organization. For the purposes of the summary financial data above, the summary information is based on YWCA Boston finances, per the audited financials, not including two related companies also consolidated into the audits.  The split of the finances of the three entities is on the last few pages of each audit document.
In 2003, associated companies, YWCA Clarendon, Inc. and Clarendon Residences, LLC were formed.  YWCA Clarendon is 79% owned by the nonprofit organization and Clarendon Residences, LLC is owned .01% by YWCA Clarendon.  For more information on this relationship, please see the notes section of the audit or feel free to contact YWCA Boston.


Other Documents

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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

1. End the disparities in health, wealth, and safety that persist across racial lines. End the disparities in opportunity still facing women today. Build a stronger, better Boston for all.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?