A year in review: 2019 by the numbers

Elevating Lives November 21 2019

As we enter 2020, we at YW Boston would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all the supporters, donors, partners, staff, board members, and volunteers who helped amplify our impact in 2019. As Boston’s demographic diversity increases, so does the need to address persisting inequities within our communities and institutions. That is why our 2020 vision for Boston is to empower as many individuals as possible to adopt an equity lens in all aspects of their life. By considering all intersecting identities, we will ensure that we do not overlook the different ways in which inequities manifest themselves.

YW Boston is making the City of Boston a more inclusive and equitable city for all. In 2019,

We reached over 194,000 individuals through the YW Boston website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts.

Over 1,000 people attended local YW Boston events including our Women on the Rise panel with the Boston City Councilwomen, 24th Academy of Women Achievers luncheon, our Parity on Board event, and Elevating Lives series.

We empowered over 170 organizations and more than 6,000 individuals to take a Stand Against Racism.

YW Boston partnered with 11 organizations and helped 227 individuals create cultural shifts and implement action plans to support more inclusive environments through our InclusionBoston program.

We graduated 40 inclusive leaders from our LeadBoston program who are now prepared to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their communities and organizations.

We partnered with 4 schools to engage 68 middle school girls in our civic engagement and youth leadership program, the F.Y.R.E. Initiative.

414 people supported YW Boston’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through individual donations.

“Your support helps us lay the groundwork to ensure our partner organizations will see meaningful results in greater diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Beth Chandler, YW Boston President & CEO


About YW Boston

As the first YWCA in the nation, YW Boston has been at the forefront of advancing equity for over 150 years. Through our DE&I services—InclusionBoston and LeadBoston—as well as our advocacy work and youth programming, we help individuals and organizations change policies, practices, attitudes, and behaviors with a goal of creating more inclusive environments where women, people of color, and especially women of color can succeed. 

Support our 2020 vision of a more inclusive Boston

A donation to YW Boston will help create sustainable change our city and fuel our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.