Who We Are

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

  • YWCAs serve more than 2 million women and families annually
  • There are 225 local YWCA associations in over 1,300 locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia
  • YWCA has over 12,000 staff members and 44,000 volunteers
  • Worldwide, YWCA serves 25 million women and girls in 120 countries
  • YWCA is one of the top 25 largest nonprofits in the country
  • Racial Justice and Civil Rights
    • 125—over 61 percent—of YWCAs offer distinct racial justice programs addressing personal, institutional, and/or structural racism
    • In 2014, more than 160,000 individuals participated in racial justice education and training programs to increase awareness, break down stereotypes, and increase access to the polls
  • Empowerment and Economic Advancement
    • 76 percent of women and children served by YWCA have incomes below the federal poverty level or less, the equivalent of about $23,850 a year for a family of four, addressing the unique needs of those living in poverty and working toward outcomes to increase emotional and economic self-sufficiency
    • Every year, YWCA associations provide:
      • More than 122,000 women with economic empowerment programs
      • More than 2,200 military veterans and their families with emergency housing, health care, career training and/or counseling, and more than 4,900 who served in the military and were sexual assault or domestic violence survivors with women’s and girls’ safety programs
  • Health and Safety
    • YWCA is the largest providers of domestic violence services in the U.S. One in four women in the U.S. will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
    • Every year, YWCA associations provide:
      • Over 400,000 women with health and fitness programs, healthy pregnancy programs, mental health and drug abuse counseling, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and other support
      • More than 535,000 women with safety services, which include sexual assault programs, domestic violence services such as emergency shelter, crisis hotlines, counseling and court assistance, and other community safety programs.