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Ways to Give

Support YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. For more information about giving to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, please contact Ginny Giles.

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Online Giving

You can use our online donation form to give in a number of ways in addition to the standard one-time credit card gift:

Recurring Gifts

Setting up recurring donations on a monthly basis helps guarantee that those we serve receive the appropriate care and support every day. It allows you to easily spread your support throughout the year and provide a steady and reliable stream of income to us. You can donate monthly by selecting “automatically repeat the gift every month” at out Donate page.

ACH Transfer

ACH electronic giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking or savings account. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed; are resistant to errors and fraud; and are free for both you and the YW. ACH transfers make monthly giving easy, and you can cancel your authorization by notifying US at any time. Giving electronically makes it easy for you and helps YWCA Greater Pittsburgh save money!

In addition to receiving an acknowledgment and an annual gift statement from YWCA GP, your bank statement will provide an itemized list of electronic transactions. If you change bank accounts, simply notify YWCA and we will give you a new authorization form to complete. To set up an ACH payment, simply select “Checking Account” under “Payment Options” on the Donate page.

Honor/Memorial Gifts

Celebrate an important milestone, such as a birthday or anniversary, or remember a loved one through an honorary or memorial gift to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to invest in the future of women and girls in lieu of materials gifts. Cards will be sent to those you would like notified of your generosity. Select “this is an honor or memorial gift” and follow the instructions that appear at our Donate page.

Other Options

Workplace Giving

Many workplaces offer easy ways to support local organizations through annual United Way campaigns, State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), and the Three Rivers Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). You have the opportunity to designate YWCA Greater Pittsburgh for a donation through all of these annual giving campaigns. Please use the appropriate code to select YWCA to receive your support:

United Way – use code 114

Stock Giving

A gift of appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds is an excellent way to support YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Your donation will still be eligible for a tax deduction, and it may allow you to avoid or reduce capital gains taxes. For more information on potential tax advantages, please consult with your financial advisor.

Gifts of securities can easily be made by asking your broker to transfer the stock to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s account at Glenmede. To do so, simply provide your broker with the following information:

Glenmede Contact: Jamie DeAngelis
1650 Market Street, Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
E-mail: Jamie.DeAngelis@glenmede.com
Direct: 215-419-6160
Fax: 267-675-5632
Account Number: 4323-02-4/6
DTC Number: 2139
Institutional ID: 12286

Please have your broker notify YWCA Greater Pittsburgh of the expected stock gift by completing this Stock Notification and Transmittal Form.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double your personal donations through your employer’s matching gift program. Many companies match employee donations to charitable organizations or offer grants for an employee’s volunteer time.

Online Peer to Peer Fundraising

You can create your own unique online fundraiser using a platform such as gofundme or causevox, and donate proceeds to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Please first complete our Third Party License Agreement.

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy of support for YWCA Greater Pittsburgh through your will or other planned gift. A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date, such as a bequest, revocable trust, or life insurance benefits.

Meet your financial goals while providing critical support to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh as we work to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. There are many giving vehicles to consider, so please work with your lawyer and financial advisor to choose the option that works best for you.

Contact a member of our Development Team at 412-255-1253 to learn more.

Donate by Mail or Phone

In addition to donating online, contributions to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh can be made via mail or phone.

Phone:
Credit card donations can be made over the phone by calling the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh at 412-391-5100. (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express accepted).

Mail:
If you prefer to donate by mail, please mail a money order or check payable to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh:
Attention: Development
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely virtual.  As we adapt to our modified schedule, appointments are required.  Our Homewood-Brushton Early Child Development Center is open, with special precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our Pre-K Counts classrooms in Homewood and Braddock Hills will open in the fall. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information. Please check our website frequently for service updates and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you need immediate assistance through the Resource Center, please complete our online application by clicking the button below.

Get Help

For over 150 years, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to improve quality of life for women and strengthen the fabric of our communities. In 1970, YWCA USA proclaimed its one imperative: “to thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary.” 50 years later, eliminating racism and empowering women is more than a salient and timely mission. It is a revitalized call to collective action aimed at promoting racial justice, reducing race and gender disparities, and deliberately addressing the challenges and celebrating the triumphs of living at the intersection of race and gender.

The One Imperative: to thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary.

Our strategic direction builds upon the strong legacy of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s previous leaders and members as we innovate and lead to secure a better future. We boldly embrace the YWCA mission and a renewed commitment to racial justice based on the following assumptions:

1) Eliminating racism and empowering women requires deliberate action.

We understand that moving forward in our imperative involves both legislative and systemic changes. As a community, we must also move beyond acknowledging disparities exist and towards dismantling the framework that perpetuates these disparities. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s advocacy platform promotes specific policies and systemic change for gender equity and racial justice.

2) Promoting racial justice requires a collective approach.

We are committed to building strong, strategic partnerships to be deliberate in our efforts to eliminate racism and empower women. This is a multi-faceted and cross-sectoral strategy. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is actively engaging with the corporate, nonprofit, civic, and academic sectors to ensure women and people of color are treated with dignity and respect and children, youth, and adults are provided with access to opportunities.

3) As long as racial and gender disparities persist, YWCA will work collaboratively to reduce disparities and address their impact.

While we work towards eliminating racism and empowering women (an “upstream” approach), we also recognize that existing disparities were birthed in historical injustices. Race-specific and or disparate impact policies that have negatively affected housing choice, wealth accumulation, and educational attainment, among others, have led to present day income and neighborhood disparities. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is committed to ensuring women, children, and families can meet basic needs and move towards financial stability. Our services to support these efforts will continue and be made more accessible. Examples include:

4) Promoting racial justice and empowering women is not a “one and done” or “checklist” effort.

We are engaged in a movement that provides short-term and long-term strategies for achieving our collective goals.

We approach all of our programming through a racial justice lens and assist our partners to do the same. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has an educational platform to address racial justice and move towards anti-racist practices. In addition to these offerings, we are also looking internally at our programs and services to bring a racial justice and women’s empowerment lens to everything we do. Our Center for Race and Gender Equity will lead these internal and external efforts.

5) Understanding the challenges and triumphs at the intersection of race and gender is paramount to fulfilling our mission.

We strive to amplify the voices of those committed to racial justice and gender empowerment. This includes ensuring that the voices of those with lived experiences are valued and are shaping decisions being made. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will continue to build community partnerships to present a narrative of strong women who thrive in the face of challenges. We also remain committed to removing the obstacles that hinder advancement for women, particularly women of color. Specifically, our Center for Race and Gender Equity aims to be a premier resource for understanding and addressing disparities at the intersection of race and gender. The Center recently launched:

  • Monthly YWednesday Conversations on Race for 2020-2021.

These conversations highlight issues of race and gender intersectionality and offer concrete actions that can be taken to promote racial justice. (You can watch our June 5 and July 15 Conversations at our Media Center and register for upcoming Conversations here.)

  • Short issue pieces that inform on intersectional disparities from a historical and data perspective.

These provide short-term and long-term strategies to address these disparities.

Angela Reynolds, Ph.D.
CEO, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
July 9, 2020