The YWCA Oklahoma City has raised nearly $14 million less than two years into its capital campaign to build a new shelter and seeks to raise another $200,000 by Oct. 9.
If the campaign reaches $14 million by that date, the YWCA will receive a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation and reach its goal for the entire campaign, YWCA CEO Janet Peery said.
The public portion of the campaign kicked off a year ago, when the YWCA announced that corporate and other donors had already contributed more than $11 million. Since then, the YWCA has raised just under $14 million, with donations that included $1 million from 7-Eleven and Devon Energy Corp. and an undisclosed large-scale donation from the Chickasaw Nation.
Last week, the Fred Jones Family Foundation announced it had given the YWCA $75,000 as the recipient of the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift. The money will go toward enhancements at the planned Oklahoma City YWCA facility, which has a projected opening of 2014.
The new building will go to support those who are fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and their families. It will build a new 85-bed shelter and transform the existing facility into an extended-stay shelter for victims and their children. It will also renovate the McFarland branch facility in northeast Oklahoma City and establish an endowment fund, The Oklahoman has reported previously.
Peery said she was happy with the campaign progress so far, since the goal was $15 million in three years and the YWCA is within reach of that amount in half that time.
“If I have to take a loan myself, we'll get there one way or another,” Peery said about the final push for $200,000 before Oct. 9 in order to receive the Mabee grant.
David Hudiburg, who serves on the executive committee for the campaign, said he is involved with the campaign because of Peery's efforts and the help the YWCA offers to abused women.
“The YWCA tries to ... help them get back on their feet, get out of that abusive relationship,” he said. “The people of Oklahoma have really stepped up” in the campaign.
For more information or to donate, go online to ywcaokc.org or call 948-1770.