Signatory: Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO

Joined: November 2015

ContactCasey Harden, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Membership

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During the 2015 Biennial Conference, YWCA USA unveiled the Mission Impact Framework (MIF). This framework is a new tool for describing, focusing, and measuring the collective impact of our national YWCA network. The mission impact framework allows us to coordinate mission impact work and also acknowledges that each YWCA local association responds to the unique needs of their community. Additionally, the framework optimizes YWCA’s strength as a national organization with a local presence in more than 200 communities across the US.  Built upon our theory of change, the MIF articulates three signature outcomes that correspond to our signature platforms as well as three broad organizational commitments that exist across platforms and outcomes. Each of these outcomes have a racial justice focus and two of them are specifically about women and girls of color.


  • For Racial Justice and Civil Rights, our signature outcome is to increase the equal protections and equal opportunities of people of color.
  • For Empowerment and Economic Advancement of Women and Girls, YWCA USA works to increase economic opportunities for women and girls of color.
  • For Health and Safety of Women and Girls, YWCA seeks to improve the health and safety of women and girls of color.

“Much of our strategic thinking has been fostered by recent data concerning the racial/ethnic demographic shift that will take place across the US.  According to these studies, by 2050 women of color will be 53% of all women in the US.  The question that drives a bulk of my work at YWCA USA is: if women of color remain deeply marginalized in our society in 2050, what are the implications for our economic systems? Our healthcare systems? Our political systems? Our educational systems? Research, data collection, and program/service delivery design related to these matters, could demonstrate the long-term social impact of institutional and structural oppression, not just on the oppressed but on the entire society.”

Donte Hilliard, Director of Mission Impact, YWCA USA