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YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of hundreds of nonprofit domestic violence organizations across the country competing for $650,000 in grant money as a part of The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Challenge, which kicked off on Sept. 28. The Challenge, an annual competition hosted on CrowdRise, is a public fundraising and awareness campaign that coincides with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Last year, YWCA Evanston/North Shore raised $337,000 through the Purple Purse Challenge, and it is hoping to top that number in this year’s campaign.

“The generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters helped us raise a significant amount last year and in previous challenges,” said Karen Singer, President and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “We’re confident that our supporters will once again come through so we can deepen our work and give domestic violence survivors the resources and long-term support they need to break free and rebuild their lives.”

In order to count toward YWCA’s total, donations must be received at crowdrise.com/YWCAEvanstonNorthShore-PurplePurse2016 by Oct. 25 at
1 p.m. Central Time.