Eileen Mershart, CEO and Elizabeth Barnhill, Campaign Co-Chair Volunteer

  • PROJECT

    100-year-old human service agency undertakes complete renovation of its headquarters and 12-story residence for women and their children on the Capitol Square, as well as renovation of a former warehouse as the new Empowerment Center.

  • SERVICES

    Feasibility study, plan and direct $1.8 million community-wide campaign.

McDonald Schaefer conducted a feasibility study before helping the YWCA launch the Campaign for Real Lives, Real Change. Renovation of the 80-year old, 12-story building was not an option; engineers insisted on major repairs inside and out to keep the building safe and affordable for the 150 low-income women and children in residence.

$1.8 million, which included a highly competitive Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant, was raised to complement government funds for a total project of nearly $17 million.