“NAF is proud to partner with YWCA St. Paul as it makes decisions today to ensure its sustainability for the future.”

Allison Wagstrom, Portfolio Manager, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

For more than 100 years, YWCA St. Paul has been changing minds, bodies and lives by improving the quality of life of the people in its community. While programs have changed to meet the evolving needs of its community, YWCA’s commitment to its mission—elimination of racism and empowerment of women—has remained steadfast.

YWCA’s programs in four service area – Housing & Supportive Services, Youth Development, Health & Wellness, and Employment & Economic Development – respond to urgent community needs and produce enduring benefits to the community. Whether helping homeless families to make a new start, empowering young people to build bright futures, teaching skills to support self-sufficiency, or putting better health within reach, the YWCA helps people create change in their lives.

Collaborating with a broad east metro network, YWCA St. Paul anchors the Summit-University community and reaches out to neighbors in greater St. Paul and Ramsey County. Last year its programs and services helped more than 6,200 people to reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

As the YWCA of St. Paul refreshed its business model – reviewing programs, restructuring staff, analyzing costs, etc. – it needed a working capital loan during the transitions. NAF is proud to support the new leadership team at the Y as it explores ways to make the organization more nimble for today and for the future.