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Boyd Foundation commits $1M to YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley

The YWCA has fulfilled 10 percent of its $10 million fundraising goal al in support of the overall Keys of Hope capital campaign.
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Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:55 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Boyd Foundation announced a $1 million gift to YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley.

The gift will be used to help renovate the 96-year-old Downtown Center and expand the Keys of Hope Women’s Program, which will be renamed in honor of Jenny Boyd.

The YWCA has fulfilled 10 percent of its $10 million fundraising goal al in support of the overall Keys of Hope capital campaign.

The Jenny Boyd Keys of Hope Women’s Program will provide transitional services for women that are looking to restore their lives and reach self-sufficiency.

The Keys of Hope campaign will allow renovations to be made to the YWCA Downtown Center, built in 1925, to expand the efficiency of the facility so as to serve more women and preserve the historic building.

“The generous gift from the Boyd family and The Boyd Foundation is a great boost to our critical fundraising efforts to transform more lives through Keys of Hope and bring much-needed changes to our nearly 100-year-old historic building,” said Whitney Peter, president of The Sharp Companies, Inc and board president of the YWCA of Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley. “Renovation of the YWCA Downtown Center and expansion of the Keys of Hope program will enable us to serve and empower more women through proven, life-changing programs.”

The Boyd Foundation was formed by Randy and Jenny Boyd and their family. The foundation has provided millions to community causes.

“We came together as a family to support the Keys of Hope campaign and be part of lifting women up through skills development and empowerment,” said Jenny Boyd, co-founder of The Boyd Foundation. “I knew the foundation was going to make a substantial gift, but I didn’t know that the YWCA had reached out to my family to rename the Keys of Hope Women’s Program. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in such a way.

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