YWCA Development Department
  1118 Fifth Avenue
  Seattle, WA 98101



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The ywca endowment: is a permanent savings account invested wisely. Most planned estate gifts are added to the Endowment. Each year our investments generate revenue that is used to support YWCA programs and services.


Q: Which YWCA programs receive financial support from the Endowment?

A: You name it, the Endowment supports it! Nearly $800,000 generated by the Endowment in 2010 helped keep programmatic cuts and staff layoffs to a minimum at the YWCA. Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women, our GirlsFirst program for young girls of color and YWCA Family Village at Issaquah all benefit from the unrestricted financial support of the Endowment.

Q: If we spend the investment income, does the Endowment still grow?

A: Yes! Unless otherwise specified, planned estate gifts (bequests, charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities) get added to the YWCA Endowment. Some donors also make direct gifts to the Endowment. Those who name the YWCA in their estate plans or make direct gifts of $10,000 or more become members of our Council for the Future legacy group.

Q: If I name the YWCA in my estate plans, do you need to know?

A: We would like to know—if you’re willing to tell us. The amount does not need to be revealed. If you’re committed to the long-term vitality of the YWCA, we’d like to keep you updated on the impact of your support and the performance of your investment. Contact  Emily Schoettle at or 206.490.4372 for more information about making a planned gift to the YWCA or becoming a member of the Council for the Future.