World Service Council
The World Service Council assists the World YWCA by raising money for young women’s leadership and for building capacity and sustainability for new and developing YWCAs in 120 countries. Donations go to the World YWCA for these initiatives, along with three special donor options explained below.
International Building Fund (IBF)
YWCAs can apply for grants to help build new or repair or restore existing facilities and to jump start new building projects. In 2013, the World Service Council approved grants for three countries seeking assistance: $25,000 to Italy for a roof restoration project that houses women and children’s programming;$30,000 to Benin to improve hostel accommodations for women; and $20,000 toBelize for providing wheelchair access to its national resource center.
Special Elizabeth Palmer Fund
This fund was established in 2013 to honor the 100th birthday of visionary Elizabeth Palmer who helped propel the YWCA movement into the modern world. In 1946 as a World YWCA staff member, she organized the first post war conference of young leaders and members of the YWCAs of Europe, and in 1947 was appointed World YWCA Secretary for Southeast Asia and returned to the World Office in Geneva where she served as General Secretary from 1955-1978. This endowment fund in her honor will be used dvance the purpose of the World YWCA to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world.
Donate online through the YWCA USA and designate your gift under the donor information selections.
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As we reflect on our past and plan for the future of the YWCA, it is important to encourage and support a new generation of leaders – a generation of women who will carry our work forward in the pursuit of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Please consider the opportunity to ensure that the next generation is equipped to advance our good work by leaving a legacy through a planned gift. Arranging a planned gift now will ensure that your commitment to this great mission will continue beyond your lifetime. Some of the ways a planned gift can be arranged include:
– Naming the World Service Council and/or the YWCA USA in your Will
– Giving the World Service Council and/or the YWCA USA a Life Insurance Benefit
– Naming the World Service Council and/or the YWCA USA as a beneficiary of your IRA or Qualified Retirement Plan
If you have questions about these options or specific gift plans, please feel free to call James Howell, Director of Development of the YWCA USA (202-835-2365)or click on this (link) to enable an officer of the World Service Council to contact you directly.
Thank you for considering the World Service Council and the YWCA USA in your estate planning and for helping the YWCA’s work on behalf of women and girls around the world. Your efforts, generosity and kindness are all-important for the future of the YWCA and the generations of women it continues to serve. We hope very much that you will consider making a legacy gift this year and letting us know that you have done so.