YWCA Richmond

Our vision is to transform lives by creating access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.

Richmond, VA   |  www.ywcarichmond.org


YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We have a vision to transform individual lives and our community by creating access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.

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Linda S. Tissiere

Main address

6 N 5th St

Richmond, VA 23219 USA

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NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

g Men's or Women's Associations (Pou)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Sprout School

The Sprout School provides a full or part-day, high-quality early childhood education for children aged 2 months to five years old. We view kindergarten-readiness as an important tool in empowering children and families in our community. YWCA Richmond’s full year, full day early childhood education program uses a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum and sliding-scale pay model to provide affordable, high-quality kindergarten foundations to all families. Our goal is to create an environment where children will thrive, while fostering social and emotional development for families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Our curriculum is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. We incorporate “play to learn” activities to teach self-regulation, early STEM concepts and curiosity. In our preschool, a child is an active learner, partnered with the teacher.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups

YWCA Richmond empowers survivors of domestic, intimate partner and sexual violence by providing a continuum of services intended to facilitate their transitions from a point of crisis to sustainable long-term, violence-free living. Services include: a 24 hour Greater Richmond Regional Hotline, emergency housing, comprehensive crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, case management, court accompaniment, housing and employment support, R-HART (Regional Hospital Accompaniment and Response) and financial assistance, as well as information and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
Social and economic status

We offer women of all ages leadership opportunities, shelter for safety, mental health counseling, programs focused on racial justice, financial and emotional self-sufficiency, and high quality, affordable pre-school education for all families in the Greater Richmond Region. The Outstanding Women Awards (OWA) programming is an extension of YWCA Richmond's mission to empower women and eliminate racism. We host a series of events each year celebrating, honoring and developing women's leadership at all ages. We honor women who are extraordinary in their field in the Arts, Business, Education, Health and Science, Human Relations and Faith in Action, Law and Government, Media and Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Volunteerism and those that have the potential to lead. Specific programming is showcased through the Outstanding Women Awards, Leadership Forum Breakfast, Honoree Reunion, Rising Outstanding Woman Award, Pat Asch Fellowship and Young Women's Leadership Alliance.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

Where we work


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation 2006


Affiliations & memberships

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance 2005

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The oldest YWCA in the south, YWCA Richmond was conceived in 1887 among a group of eight women whose primary concern was housing for women coming to the city for work. As additional needs arose, the women of the YWCA responded. Today, we provide survivors of domestic and sexual violence with crisis response and life-rebuilding programs that foster emotional, social, and economic stability, and we provide children with comprehensive early childhood education and infant care through the Sprout School. Our vision is of a community that protects the vulnerable, reaches out to those in need, honors personal courage, celebrates women’s success, and embraces diversity and equality.

GOAL 1: Financial Vitality & Sustainability
Strengthen YWCA’s financial foundation
by increasing revenue streams,
implementing a human capital strategy
and updating security and technology

GOAL 2: Action & Advocacy
Advance YWCA’s impact on social
justice issues that align with gender and
racial equity by focusing on women’s
leadership, economic empowerment,
and the health and well-being of
women, especially women of color
and historically underrepresented
individuals, and their families.

GOAL 3: Service & Impact
Innovate trauma-informed, solution-focused services that align with regional
needs in emergency housing and
prevention of intimate partner violence.
Expanded bilingual clinical and case
management services to also include
direct services for youth.
Implement a scalable model for the
Sprout School and add social supports
to influence a two generational
approach to wealth building for Sprout
School families.

Since 1887, YWCA Richmond has been tackling our region’s most critical social issues – from the individual inequities that affect a woman’s health or safety to systemic problems that affect her family’s future.
We have helped our community confront challenges and adopt innovative solutions that create a lasting path to equity and opportunity. Solutions such as:
• Daycare for working mothers in the 1890s.
• Integrated YWCA branch meetings in the mid-1960s.
• Services and shelters for battered women in the 1970s.
• The first and only preschool for homeless children
in Richmond in the 1980s.
• Mixed-income early childhood education in 2016.
• Infant care for children two-months+ in 2021.

Last year, YWCA Richmond served 6,490 adults, children, and families across the Greater Richmond region. Our work educated the community on the effects of structural racism, moved individuals fleeing domestic and sexual
violence into safe housing, helped navigate employment and the courts system and built resilience through
free counseling and case management. Families attending the Sprout School were faced with tough health and
economic choices. The Sprout School teachers and staff met those needs and provided full year, full day, affordable
early childhood education, and infant care throughout the pandemic. Our work is rooted in equity and justice, and
we honor and celebrate the resilience and victories of those we serve

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Survivors of domestic, sexual, and intimate partner violence. Parents of Sprout School students.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Sprout School parents are engaged in providing feedback about ongoing programming at the school. Most recently, feedback from parents indicated a need for access to community resources and support for parents/caregivers. In response, the Sprout School will hire a Family Support Case Manager who will help parents/caregivers navigate obtaining access to the resources they need in order to help their families thrive.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Parents feel more connected and respected by teachers and other Sprout School staff.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


YWCA Richmond

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YWCA Richmond

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jill Kennedy

Bon Secours Mercy Health

Term: 2022 - 2024

Robyn Zacharias

Barber Martin Agency

Eucharia Jackson

Dominion Medical Associates

Kimberly MacLeod

Hunton & Williams LLP

Kim Mahan

Maxx Potential

Megan Rahman

Troutman Sanders LLP

Genevieve Roberts

Titan Group, LLC

Maura Scott

Altria Client Services

Janet Dibbs

Community Volunteer

Jaymie Upton

Merrill Lynch

Candace Formacek

Universal Leaf Corporation

Lisa Hicks-Thomas

Dominion Resources

Jennifer McClellan

Virginia State Senate, Verizon Communications

Michelle Miller

Rutherfoord A. Marsh and McLennan Agency, LLC

Amy Nisenson

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation

Donna Wheeler

Suntrust Banks, Inc.

Andrea Broughton

SBK Financial

Sue Davies


Jill Kennedy

Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group

Rudene Haynes

Hunton & Williams LLP

Stacy Adams

Collegiate School

Nancy Oglesby

Justice 3D

Judy Pahren

Capital One

Nupur Bal

DeFazio Bal, P.C.

Stephanie Gilliard


Robin Foster

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data


No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.