Mission & Vision

Mission: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Vision: We share a vision for an inclusive marketplace where everyone thrives.


Values (C.A.R.E.)

Creativity: The ability to see opportunities, overcome obstacles, or face challenges with a “can-do” mindset that leads to new and innovative solutions

: Staying true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character; bringing their best traits to the work

Respect: Behaving and engaging with regard for the feelings, perspectives, wishes, abilities and rights of others

Excellence: Consistently delivering outstanding or best in class efforts and results


Guiding Principles

1. We approach our work with wonder, compassion and joy, and embrace uncertainty.

2. We value the unique talents and contributions of all people and foster an environment that unleashes individuals’ purpose and potential.

3. With a sense of urgency, we commit to intentional evolution through agility, innovation, and a growth mindset.

4. We collaborate to develop meaningful, value-driven partnerships that benefit multiple stakeholders.

5. We co-create new models that maximize opportunities to disrupt the marketplace so that we can resolve the significant challenges facing our society.

Land & Labor Acknowledgement

At YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, we are working actively to embody Land and Labor Acknowledgment practices. This entails not only crafting a written statement, but also identifying clear objectives and calls to action for our work internally and in communities across the Metropolitan Chicago region.   

You may be wondering, what is a land and labor acknowledgment? And why is it important to have one?  

Our Approach

In an effort to advance our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has reimagined the business of human services. We leverage the passion and expertise of a community of CHANGEMAKERS who share our desire to address gender and racial inequalities. Recognizing that the needs of women and families are significant and complex, we cultivate INNOVATION and attract new sources of CAPITAL to strengthen our business and diverse set of services. And we believe mutually-beneficial, value-driven, cross-sector COLLABORATION is the key to creating an inclusive marketplace where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Our 21st century, comprehensive SOLUTIONS are delivered across a 1,000 square mile footprint of metro Chicago and are helping women and families achieve transformational personal and financial empowerment. It’s SOCIAL IMPACT, REIMAGINED!