YWCA of Richmond
6 N 5th St
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

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

We will transform individual lives and our community by created access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.

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Children in the YWCA preschool practice yoga on donated mats.
CEO/Executive Director Linda S. Tissiere
Board Chair Kimberly C. MacLeod
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Contact Information
Address 6 N 5th St
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 643-6761
Fax 804 643-1314
E-mail info@ywcarichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1937
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,600,000.00

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

We will transform individual lives and our community by created access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.



  1. Economic Vitality: This year, YWCA Richmond's rapid rehousing program served 185 individuals. Our workforce development program helped more than 174 adult survivors navigate the job-seeking process.
  2. Emergency Services: Our hotline answered more than 4,954 calls this year. R-HART collaborative advocates answered more than 485 hospital advocacy calls, providing support & resources to survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence in the emergency room. More than 185 adults and children were served with emergency shelter, through provision of private apartment and hotel stays in situations where imminent danger was present.
  3. In 2016, YWCA Richmond formalized the expansion of its early childhood education program, announcing The Sprout School in partnership with The Children Museum of Richmond (CMoR). This new mixed-income model features a sliding-scale tuition and Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, with two new classrooms at CMoR. In 2017, YWCA Richmond was able to report that all of our students, age-eligible to transition to kindergarten, met, exceeded or made significant progress in the literacy goals set by Pre-K PALS and have adequate knowledge and skills in the area of math. This progress included 100 percent of children experiencing an increase in knowledge in social sciences and science, as well as 100 percent of children being able to sort by two math attributes.




  1. Scholarships: A full scholarship to The Sprout School for a child of a YWCA Richmond client who has survived domestic violence costs $10,000 per year. This annual preschool tuition cost provides quality full-day early childhood education, after school care and opportunities for off-site educational experiences for children.
  2. Household items: Thanks to donors, we are able to provide survivors in imminent danger and their families with emergency housing, in the form of fully-furnished apartments. We always accept donations of the following, for families in our emergency housing: bed sheet sets, blankets, towels, wash cloths, pillows and cleaning supplies.
  3. Speaking referrals: YWCA Richmond holds free trainings and workshops throughout the year. We also hold informative panels and give talks about area resources. You can help us reach an even greater audience. If you know of a group who could benefit from a free workshop, you may request a speaker at ywcarichmond.org/speaker.
  4. Donated supplies: Bulletin board paper and borders, learning games, early reader books, art supplies and back packs allow the YWCA to use our resources to expand our early childhood education opportunities. The YWCA’s service providers and administrative team greatly benefit from donated printer paper, basic office supplies and desk chairs.
  5. Donated everyday goods help families in our domestic and sexual assault programs, including gift cards for gas, bus passes, food, clothing, medications and more.



For 130 years, YWCA Richmond has been a leading force in securing an environment of change and empowerment for women and their families. The oldest YWCA in the south, YWCA Richmond was conceived in 1887 in a parlor meeting of eight cross-denominational women. Their primary concern was for the women who were coming into the city to find work but had no place to live. They began by addressing the immediate housing needs of the women.

As additional needs arose, the women of the YWCA responded; including, opening one of the first childcare centers locally. This legacy continues today. The YWCA of Richmond serves families of all backgrounds with quality early child education programming.

Presently, YWCA Richmond provides survivors of domestic and sexual violence with transformational, trauma-informed programs that foster emotional, social and economic stability.

Our vision is to strengthen our community by creating and advancing opportunities to empower women, children and families to live their best lives. In addition to providing community-based services that fulfill this vision, YWCA Richmond hosts the annual Outstanding Women Awards, the premiere women’s leadership event for Greater Richmond. The YWCA also provides development opportunities for women of all ages, from our young professionals board the Young Women’s Leadership Alliance, to the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice for a woman aged 50 or better to continue her service to our community by receiving new opportunities for personal growth. We are also led by a visionary executive director and a dedicated, all-female Board of Directors.

CEO Statement

YWCA Richmond is a dynamic organization which strives to meet the needs of women and children in our community. As an example of our ability to adapt, we are currently placing focus on going back to our historical roots and exploring opportunities to promote racial equity and justice in the community and look forward to continuing to partner with other agencies already leading this work. We pride ourselves in being responsive and flexible enough to adapt to our community.  YWCA looks forward to continuing to provide high-quality services to the Greater Richmond area.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Southside Virginia
Tri-cities Region
YWCA Richmond serves women, children and families in Central Virginia. It operates out of downtown Richmond, and offers counseling and ongoing services for survivors in both Richmond city and Chesterfield. YWCA Richmond serves the entire Richmond region through its collaborative Greater Richmond Regional Hotline and R-HART (Regional Hospital Accompaniment and Response) program.
Board Chair
Board Chair Kimberly C. MacLeod
Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email kmacleod@hunton.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Stacy Hawkins Adams Collegiate School
Andrea Broughton SBK Financial
Sue Davies Markel
Janet Dibbs Community Volunteer
Nakeina Douglas-Glenn Virginia Commonwealth University - The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
Candace Formacek Universal Leaf Corporation
Rudene Haynes Hunton & Williams LLP
Lisa Hicks-Thomas Dominion Resources
Valerie Holton Virginia Commonwealth University
Eucharia "Ukay" Jackson Dominion Medical Associates
Tiffany Jana TMI Consulting
Jill Kennedy Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group
Kimberly C. MacLeod Hunton & Williams LLP
Kim Mahan Maxx Potential
Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan Virginia House of Delegates, Verizon Communications
Michelle Miller Rutherfoord A. Marsh and McLennan Agency, LLC
Amy Nisenson The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
Nancy Oglesby Justice 3D
Judy Pahren Capital One
Megan C. Rahman Troutman Sanders LLP
Genevieve Roberts Titan Group, LLC
Maura Scott Altria Client Services
Dorinda Smith SunTrust Mortgage
Jaymie Upton Merrill Lynch
Donna Wheeler Suntrust Banks, Inc.
Gayle Jessup White Monticello
Robyn Deyo Zacharias Barber Martin Agency
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 27
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 28
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

 YWCA Richmond is thrilled to have a diverse board of female leaders, providing a wide range of perspectives to address community issues. Our governing Board members provide business and financial acumen, government advocacy knowledge and mission oversight, while directing our fulfillment of our three-year strategic plan.

In 2015, we established the Young Women's Leadership Alliance, which provides leadership and professional development opportunities to women between the ages of 25 and 35. These women and their affiliations are listed as nonvoting in the section "Additional Boards: Other Board Members."
Executive Director
Executive Director Linda S. Tissiere
Before joining YWCA Richmond as Chief Executive Officer in 2012, Linda Tissiere was most recently the Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement and Integrated Communications for Luck Companies (formerly Luck Stone Corporation) where she directed the Luck Companies Foundation and related philanthropic strategies. She also led internal and external communications, government relations, public relations and community engagement for the organization.

Prior to joining Luck Companies in 2002, Tissiere was a middle school Spanish teacher and head of the foreign language department in Little Falls, New York. Prior to her work as a teacher in Little Falls, Tissiere lived in Providence, Rhode Island for 12 years where she was the director of public relations for Citizens Financial Group and also served as a public relations specialist in the health care industry.

Tissiere currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Richmond. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Henrico Education Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University and a M.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University.

Former CEOs
Ms. Cassandra Peters Emery June 2009 - June 2012
Cathy Pond Aug 1992 - Feb 2008
Senior Staff
Nate Harry CPAChief Financial Officer
Rebecca Lee Chief Program Officer
Rupa Murthy Chief Development Officer
Full Time Staff 55
Part Time Staff 17
Volunteers 600
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 86
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

For programs, YWCA Richmond collaborates with several agencies in the region, including the Better Housing Coalition, Hanover Safe Place, The James House, Safe Harbor, Project Hope at Quin Rivers and Goochland Free Clinic.

For our domestic violence and sexual assault programming, we frequently work with Chesterfield Sexual and Domestic Violence Resource Center, City of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Richmond Victim Witness, Greater Richmond Continuum of Care, Metro Richmond Sexual and Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, Richmond Police Department, Central Virginia Food Bank, Rubicon, the VCU Wellness Resource Center, Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

For emergency services, such as R-HART, we partner with several hospital campuses, including Bon Secours Health Systems and VCU/MCV Health Systems.

For our early childhood education programming, we partner with Richmond Public Schools HeadStart and the United Way (Smart Beginnings).

In-kind giving partnerships include, but are not limited to, relationships with Boaz & Ruth, Dress for Success Central Virginia, The Junior League of Richmond, Caring Clothes Closet, Sneed’s Nursery, Art on Wheels, Spirited Art and Ruth & Ollie.

We partner with several area, middle and high schools for our teen dating violence prevention programming including The Steward School and Trinity Episcopal School. We also work with universities in the Richmond area to provide educational outreach about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Campuses include Virginia Commonwealth University, Reynolds Community College, and John Tyler Community College.

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance2005
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation2006
History Makers Award for Regional CollaborationValentine Richmond History Center2011
Catalyst AwardVirginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance2011
Impact 100 GrantImpact 100 Richmond2013
Innovation in Homeless Services Award (for Greater Richmond Regional Hotline)Homeward2015
The Sprout School provides a full or part-day, high-quality early childhood education for children aged 18 months to five years old. We view kindergarten-readiness as an important tool in empowering children and families in our community. YWCA Richmond’s nationally-accredited 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 Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $1,358,923.00
Short Term Success Short-term program goals are aimed at all children served to be best prepared to achieve academic success in kindergarten. YWCA anticipates that 75% of children ages 3-5 will demonstrate positive behaviors with peers and teachers, correct use of hygiene, letter and number recognition, sound awareness, and ability to verbally express themselves.
Long Term Success

The ultimate goals of The Sprout School are to achieve school readiness for young children and to increase parental participation in their child's academic career and development.

Staff measures long-term success of children by documenting how many eligible children successfully transition to kindergarten. Last year, 100 percent of our transitioning preschoolers were ready for kindergarten.
Description 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 Served Families
Budget $1,956,185.00
Short Term Success
This past year, YWCA Richmond's rapid rehousing program served 45 households and 140 individuals.
Our hotline answered more than 4,954 calls in FY17 and our workforce development program helped more than 174 adult survivors navigate the job-seeking process. YWCA Richmond answered more than 485 hospital advocacy calls, providing more than 830 hours of advocate support to survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence in the emergency room. More than 185 adults and children were served with emergency shelter, through provision of private apartment and hotel stays in situations where imminent danger was present. Our Healthcare Navigator connected 35 survivors to healthcare services and support. In January, the YWCA Richmond partnered with HOMEWARD, the region’s planning and coordinating organization for homeless services, to launch the Shelter Diversion Line in conjunction with our hotline. In the first six months, 225 adults were diverted from homelessness.
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of the program is to empower clients who have experienced violence through safe housing to meet their most immediate need, while providing tools necessary to become self-sufficient. Services promote improving the client's ability to be resilient, increase self-esteem and become more empowered to take control of their lives.

The long-term goals for community counseling clients are to have sustainably reduced trauma and increased coping ability in response to the event. The hospital accompaniment program is intended to reduce the initial trauma during the assault examination and evidence collection while providing greater knowledge and support for the survivor on community resources. Our goal for our rapid rehousing program is that households will secure stable, affordable housing and that survivors will access resources and services that will provide household sustaining income and employment.

Having celebrated its 37th year in 2017, the Outstanding Women Awards (OWA) luncheon is an extension of YWCA Richmond's mission to empower women. This annual event, held each April, celebrates local females of influence in the following areas: Arts, Business, Communications, Education, Health and Science, Human Relations and Faith in Action, Law and Government, Media and Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Volunteerism. 

In 2015, YWCA Richmond introduced the OWA Women's Leadership Forum as another empowering annual event to be held in conjunction with the awards luncheon. This forum features a panel of past OWA honoree discussing hot topics facing women in leadership, in an effort to inspire the next generation of outstanding woman leaders in Richmond.
Population Served Females
Budget $50,000.00

In 2014, YWCA Richmond announced the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice in honor of former Executive Director of YWCA Richmond and Jackson Foundation, Patricia Morris Asch. The Fellowship is designed to support the work or professional development of a woman who, like Pat, has a vision for change in her own life and the drive to make positive change in the Greater Richmond community. Consideration for this award is open to any woman who is at least 50 years of age and who resides or works in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland or Powhatan County. 

Population Served Females
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success Fellowship recipients continue to create change in the Richmond area through their social justice initiative.
Long Term Success
The Fellowship is designed to honor and extend Pat Asch’s legacy by providing a local woman with means that are critical to her ability to bring about change in her own life, with the intention of creating positive social change through Richmond’s nonprofit sector. Fellowship funds can be applied to a range of interests including furthering one’s education or professional development; reentering the workforce; switching to a new career; or extending one’s work to a new constituency.
Description Through outreach and advocacy, YWCA Richmond educates community members to recognize warning signs of violence, promote healthy relationships and teach one another to stand up to violence. From workplaces to college campuses to youth groups, and awareness workshops to bystander intervention training, YWCA Richmond uses education as a tool to empower key stakeholders in our community's well-being and to eradicate violence before it occurs. YWCA Richmond's outreach team trains new advocacy volunteers to support survivors of domestic, sexual and intimate partner violence on the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline and as hospital advocates on the Regional Hospital Accompaniment & Response team. The team advocates to empower women and eliminate racism through legislative advocacy and community engagement.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of the program, 93 percent participants will indicate an increased awareness of domestic and sexual violence and factors that promote healthy relationships.
Long Term Success

Program Participants will utilize healthy conflict skills in their relationships and recognize when partners are potentially abusive. All program participants will feel empowered to respond, prevent and protect others from domestic and sexual violence.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,600,000.00
Endowment Value $1,700,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$546,957$524,368$400,120
Individual Contributions$1,340,198$921,394$1,154,528
Investment Income, Net of Losses$19,440$103,598$243,819
Membership Dues------
Special Events$194,508$190,215$194,737
Revenue In-Kind$208,361$136,072$185,862
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,396,147$2,017,392$1,853,141
Administration Expense$359,845$308,527$281,742
Fundraising Expense$205,403$246,283$197,845
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.961.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%13%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,189,939$4,108,082$4,334,047
Current Assets$957,125$2,368,685$2,265,800
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$77,028$115,248$231,864
Total Net Assets$4,112,911$3,992,834$4,102,183
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.4320.559.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990 for FY 2011 prepared by Pilc & Moseley, LLC.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s for FY 2010 and 2009 prepared by Barcalow & Hart, PLLC.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes corporate and foundation support.