Give to YWCA Lancaster

Because of you – we open our historic building to meet the needs of the folks in our community. Whether it is a safe place to stay in an emergency or on a more permanent basis – we are here. Returning to work and need reliable, safe, quality childcare from infant through school age – we are here. Looking for skilled, compassionate counselors to walk alongside a victim survivor of sexual assault, harassment, or abuse – we are here. Reentering the job market from a life transition and in need of resume and job skill improvement – we are here. On your journey to becoming an ally or looking for a deeper dive into what it truly means to be anti-racist – we are here. Our doors are open, and we are here to provide these much-needed community services because of you!

Your tax-deductible gift to the YWCA Lancaster impacts our community in the most positive of ways. For over fifty years our mission has remained; eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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Donate to YWCA Lancaster

In-Kind Donations

YWCA Lancaster gratefully accepts the following donations:

Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center

  • Comfortable clothing for survivors- especially all genders and/or larger sizes- sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies
  • Underwear and sports bras-especially larger sizes, all genders
  • Travel shower products-shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wipes, etc.
  • Fidget toys/ coloring supplies for use at the hospital

Kepler Hall Residence

  • Shelf stable foods such as cereal, rice, soup, pasta, sauce
  • New twin size sheet sets; blanket, comforters, and towel sets.
  • New personal hygiene products for women, men, or children.  Body wash, shampoo and conditioner-for multi-textural hair, razors, toothpaste, combs, lotion, etc.

Center for Racial and Gender Equity

  • Non-perishable snack or gift card to grocery stores for community Racial Equity Trainings and Racial Equity Action group meeting
  • New Coffee maker
  • Cultural or social justice decorations/art
  • Medium-large cloth basket

YWonderful Kids Child Enrichment Program

New Choices

    • Sheetz gas cards
    • Bus passes

Where Does My Donation Go?

YWCA Lancaster’s core mission initiatives of justice and empowerment allow us to address systemic issues and draw from human experience to achieve healing, restoration and hope. Choose your donation category of choice, and watch your gift make a lasting impact! Choose a program that resonates with you from the dropdown menu above.

Endowment Fund

Give a lasting gift to ensure YWCA Lancaster’s essential services continue.

Contributions to YWCA Lancaster’s Endowment Fund are structured so that the principle amount contributed and invested remains intact, while Investment Income Annual Earnings are available for YWCA Lancaster to use to operate efficiently.

Donation of Stock

When you give appreciated securities that you have owned for more than one year, you will receive two tax benefits:

  • You are entitled to a federal income tax deduction based on the current fair market value of the securities, regardless of their lower original cost.
  • You will be exempt from paying capital gains taxes on any increase in value—taxes you would pay if you sold the stock.

Most transfers are made electronically and with ease by your broker.

  • Instruct your broker to electronically transfer your intended shares; and
  • Ask your broker to notify us once the transfer is complete.
  • Have your broker call Nancy O’Halloran with any questions: 717-869-5023


  • Hand-deliver them to us; or
  • Mail us the stocks and stock power in separate envelopes for your protection to:
    YWCA Lancaster
    110 N.Lime Street
    Lancaster, PA 17602
    Attn: Keith Bookert, CFO

Legacy Giving

Planned giving is a way of leaving a gift known as a charitable bequest to an organization through your will or living trust. You can also provide a Planned Gift by naming the YWCA Lancaster as a beneficiary in your insurance policy or retirement plan. By including a charitable bequest to YWCA Lancaster in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that we can continue our mission for years to come. Your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.

YWCA Lancaster is partnering with FreeWill to provide quick and easy steps to leave your legacy on our mission!


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YWCA Lancaster has been housed in our beautiful, historic building at 110 N. Lime Street since 1917. It takes a lot of work and an amazing team of professionals to keep our building in top shape. Consider contributing to our current special projects:


<!-- HVAC and Heat – $157,000


Essential HVAC safety equipment needs to be purchased for professionals to service our rooftop. In addition, the single boiler used to heat 60,000 square feet of space is leaking and in need of repair. As we head into a cold winter, 40 female residents and their children, as well as the women and children of our emergency Winter Shelter rely on us for a warm, safe place to rest.


<!--Floor Restoration – $25,000


As a busy childcare facility, it is imperative that we maintain a clean and safe building. Though our maintenance staff provide excellent daily cleaning and care, some of our flooring is worn through and in need of replacement. New flooring is particularly needed in our first-floor lobby as well as in a few of our childcare rooms.