YWCA of Southern Arizona

Stand with us.

aka YWCA Tucson   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.ywcatucson.org


The mission of YWCA is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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Magdalena Verdugo

Main address

525 N. Bonita Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85745 USA

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Women's Rights (R24)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our challenge is to confront and transform the economic and political systems that violate our most basic human rights and threaten the survival of our planet.

Our programs

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

Women's Leadership and Wellness Center

Through the Women's Leadership and Wellness Center (WLWC), we are leveling the playing field for women in business and at work.

We do this through these programs:
Skills for Successful Employment
Latina Leadership Institute
Your Sister's Closet
Project Period
Women's Counseling Network
Women's Leadership Academy
Pima County Teen Court

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) is working to build a local economy that works for everybody. We believe an economy based on healthy, sustainable, locally owned small businesses is key to making that vision a reality.

MAC's key programs include:
1. Women's Business Center-
Women's Business Center programs can help you start and grow your own business. All programs and services are open to everyone and are offered in both English and Spanish. Services include: Business classes & technical training, free one-one-one business counseling, access to capital

2. Kitchen Business Incubator- Our Kitchen Business Incubator serves food entrepreneurs in South Tucson and on Tucson's Southside. Services include: Access to cooking, prep and storage space in our commercially licensed kitchen, business classes, technical training and one-on-one business counseling, co-working space

3. Women's Impact Lending Fund
Providing loans of up to $50,000 to women and minority businesses

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

YWCA has led the fight for economic and social justice in Arizona for more than 100 years. Today, that fight continues. Arizona is the fifth poorest state In the nation, on a troubled Border, in a State known for policies that are unfriendly to women, children, immigrants, LGBTQ people and the working poor, where more money is spent each year on prisons than on schools. We are taking a multi-pronged approach to create long-term, systemic change in this state:
Advance a bold, coalition-led legislative strategy that makes life better for all Arizonans.
Deliver anti-racism and inclusion training programs to private and public organizations.
Create a more informed voter base through online and onsite educational programs.
Recruit and train better leaders for corporate, community and elected leadership.
Provide support for local, grassroots mobilization movements and progressive alternative communities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Our board has created a strategic map to guide the next 10 years of our work. Driven by our mission to "eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all," the following 3 goals have been established:

• A statewide movement to promote social and environmental justice.
• A local economy that works for everybody.
• Women taking charge.

Our 10-year goals each have 3 tactics to pursue:

A powerful, statewide movement to promote social and environmental justice. Tactics:

1. Launch a coalition-based Center to do training, organizing & advocacy that advances an intersectional human rights & planetary justice agenda

2. Grow the YW movement across Arizona by using tech/new media and adding new locations, including an advocacy office in collaboration with YWCA Metro Phoenix.

3. Become the “go to" resource for diversity & racial justice training for private & public organizations and businesses in So. Arizona.

An economy that works for everybody. Tactics:

1. Get MAC certfied as a CDFI (or similar entity) housed at HNS to drive economic development by investing in culturally-rooted and women/minority owned businesses, the incubation of food & art entrepreneurs, co-working spaces, immigration legal services, affordable housing and commercial/retail space

2. Embed our existing workforce programs into Pima County's “[email protected]“ system to ensure effective, accessible programming for women, immigrants & LGBTQ folx

3. Create jobs & set the pace in the nonprofit sector by finding a social enterprise solution to every social problem we tackle

Women taking charge. Tactics:

1. Form an investment group through the Women's Business Center that targets women-owned businesses, especially in industries targeted by Tucson/Pima County economic development plans (tech, cross-Border and culturally-rooted art & food businesses)

2. Add a Women's Leadership Institute to the WCEO that equips intersectional feminists for civic & community leadership, provides citizenship programs & services, and registers & engages women voters

3. Embed Women's Counseling Networkinto Pima's Behavioral Health System & build capacity to fight discrimination, end violence against and promote the health and safety of women, girls and LGBTQ folx

YWCA has a long track record of success. In Tucson, we initially operated out of a 2nd floor room downtown on Stone Avenue and a house on Pennington Street before building what is now known as the Historic Y Building on 5th Avenue in 1931. The YWCA's Frances McClelland Community Center at 525 N. Bonita Avenue was built in 2007 and has become an important venue for community, educational and business groups. In 2015 we added a second campus, called House of Neighborly Service, located in the City of South Tucson, one of our region's most distressed communities. The programs and activities we sponsor have changed in response to evolving social circumstances. We provided the first child day care centers and the first domestic violence shelter in town. Not all that long ago, our apartments were one of the only affordable, interracial housing options available to young women coming to Tucson to find work or attend the University of Arizona and, for many years, the pool in our community center was the only place in town where children of color could learn to swim.

Over the past 25-years, we have become known as a leading provider of women's empowerment and racial justice programs in Southern Arizona. More than 12,000 women have attended one of our annual leadership conferences or programs, 30,000 women have been outfitted for their first job interview through “Your Sister's Closet", 2500 women each year are equipped for financial success and independence through our workforce readiness and business training programs, and the racial justice program piloted here has become a model for YWCAs across the nation.

Under new leadership since 2013, YWCA continues to grow in impact. Each year we welcome 50,000 visitors to our two campuses for a variety of programs and services. More than 100 volunteers work beside an incredibly talented but small staff, making our services highly cost efficient. After several years of operating at a deficit, YWCA has rebounded from the 2008 Recession to achieve financial stability and steady growth. The organization has been cash flow positive since July 2014. Our operating revenue has increased 180% in the past five (5) years. In addition to balancing our budget, we have achieved 2 main goals to build financial strength: (1) Diversifying our revenue streams and (2) Increasing the percentage of revenue generated by “social enterprise" (ex. mission-driven businesses, like our catering and café business, and program fees). More than 80 cents of every dollar we receive is invested directly in programming that changes the lives of women and families in our community. But robust programming requires a solid infrastructure, which is why we invest 19% in making sure our programs have the administrative support and financial resources they need to succeed. We have deep support in the community and we are ready for a 2nd Century of Change.

We have clarified our vision and created a map to guide our work for the next 10 years. In 2017-2018, we launched a capital campaign to support this work. The $1.5 M campaign funded the launch of a "Women's Impact Fund" and the "Stand Together Arizona Center" for training and advocacy, both programs that are key to accomplishing our goals. Over the next few years, we will continue to strengthen these programs and create more social enterprise to fund the work we are doing.


YWCA of Southern Arizona

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YWCA of Southern Arizona

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josefina Ahumada

Papago United Presbyterian Church/Sells

Term: 2015 - 2021

Kathleen Porterfield

KPMG LLP Partner--Retired

Josefina Ahumada

Papago/United Presbyterian Church/Sells

Sonia Valencia Economou

Sr. Project Manager, Roche Tissue Diagnostics

Rosey Koberlein

CEO, Long Companies

Patricia Navarette Mars

Owner, Venus by Mars

Laura Alexander

Partner & Consultant, Alexander|Carrillo Consulting

Esther Brilliant

Attorney/Assistant Legal Defender, McCarthy Law Firm

Jennifer Rothschild

Attorney, Tucson City Prosecutors’ Office

Christine Young

Attorney & Owner, Young Law Firm, PLLC.

Indira Arce

Senior Evaluation Specialist, Mexican American Studies Department University of Arizona

Celia Robidoux

Executive Director, Arizona Serve of Prescott College, Inc.

Yvonne Gathers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Betty Villegas

Interim Public Official, Pima County Board of Supervisors District 5.

Irene Ogata

Urban Landscape Manager, Tucson Water.

Alicia Tsosie-Harvey

Program Coordinator, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families at the University of Arizona.

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes