SUPPORT THE Y
At the Y, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we make our programs and services available to all, regardless of age, income or background, so that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
Impact Beyond the End Zone
Each year, business and community leaders come together for one special hour to make a difference. Our “Impact Beyond the End Zone” event shared more about the Y’s impact on individuals and families, and how support changes lives in the community.
The highlight of the event was the keynote address by football great, Desmond Howard, legendary University of Michigan Wide Receiver, Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl XXXI MVP. We heard how Desmond’s impact, just like the Y’s, is felt beyond the end zone. After 11 seasons in the NFL, Desmond is now an ESPN College GameDay Analyst.
Over $1.5 Million Raised to Help Kids and Families
Through our 2012 Annual Giving Campaign we are proud to announce that we’ve raised a record breaking $1,563,244 to support scholarships and programs. This is an increase of 20% compared to 2011. The campaign was chaired by Nancy Ayres of Flexco, who is also a YMCA board member.
“Creating opportunities for everyone to lead a healthy, vibrant life, regardless of ability to pay, is crucial to a healthier Grand Rapids,” said Nancy. “By leading the Y’s Annual Giving campaign, I can inspire others to make a difference by giving hope and strength to those that need us most.”
Although nationally the trend for giving to non-profit organizations has been slightly increasing, in Grand Rapids and particularly the YMCA, the outpour of giving significantly exceeds the national average.
“Grand Rapids is known for its generosity. Our community rallies around a good cause and supports it in any way possible,” noted Jamon Alexander, YMCA Annual Giving Director. “Everyone wants to know that their investment is making a difference, and at the Y, we can show the impact each dollar makes on helping fight childhood obesity, giving kids a safe place to go after school, and ensuring that everyone is welcome at the YMCA through our scholarship programs.”
The YMCA raises funds through individual gifts, grants, and corporation donations. Funds are used to help the YMCA reach out to underserved portions of our community with creative curriculum like the nationally recognized Healthy U and Nutrition in Action program that teach kids and families how to make healthier choices for fitness and nutrition. It also provides financial assistance for YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, membership scholarships and programs for all ages.
The YMCA is an inclusive organization of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
Help Strengthen Your Community
To learn how your gift can bring our cause to life, view the tabs to the left or click on Donate Now! to make a gift.
We count on the generosity of you, our members, and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life. Together we are committed to giving young people the resources to reach their potential, provide individuals with the access and support to lead healthy lives, and connect neighbors so they can come together for the common good. Together, we’re making a difference.
When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. We need your support to strengthen our community – because strengthening community is our cause.
Support the Y
For questions about donations and ways to support the Y, contact the YMCA Development Department: 616.855.9683