Giving That Changes Lives

Throughout West Michigan, countless people know the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Our members and friends call us THEIR Y. 

But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think.

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From exercise to education, from healthy bodies to hunger prevention, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community.

Our community faces new challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do every day.  Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers and staff to make a difference.

Yet we are called to do so much more.  What if we could harness all of that power to make an even greater difference on a bigger scale?

No other organization can impact as many people as powerfully as we do every day.  But we need your philanthropic support to make it happen.

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For a Better Us.

Every gift makes a difference.
Everyone has a role to play.
Together, we can achieve so much more.


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Annual Campaign: The Power of Us.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is a cause-driven organization committed to improving the quality of life for those in our community. 

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With programs from A to Z – like athletics to advocacy, dance classes to disease prevention, volleyball to volunteerism – we don’t just strengthen individuals, we strengthen communities. Donor gifts to the Y make a critical difference by investing in programs focused on overall health, well-being, growth and success of our children and families. Let’s strengthen the Y together.

When you give a gift to the Y, your gift will help empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives and strengthen the bonds of community in West Michigan. Together, we help make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

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Lasting Impact - Inside and Out

When you give to our Annual Campaign you make a difference in the lives of people from all backgrounds and economic levels. Join us – we can make an impact. It’s easy, just Donate Now!  

Together we can do so much more.

Kids to Y Camp

There are memories and moments in our childhood that we never forget. Ask anyone who’s ever been to camp, they’ll tell you it’s among their favorite childhood memories.

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Whether it’s making new friends, learning new songs, gaining confidence and independence, telling stories by the campfire, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has something for everyone.

Sadly, there are many kids in our community who cannot afford a camp experience. Your gift to the Kids to Y Camp campaign provides the opportunity for kids to experience camp and create lifelong memories.

Donations from $300-$500 can support scholarships for one week of summer day camp while $600-$1,000 of support can make it possible for kids to attend overnight camp.

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Making A Difference

Gifts of every size make a difference.  Please consider helping us send kids to camp this summer.

Make a gift today by clicking on Donate Now and select YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.  Give a child an unforgettable, life changing summer.

Planned Giving: Ensure a Brighter Future

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids manages endowment funds that ensure the Y continues to strengthen communities in West Michigan for generations to come through the generosity of our Heritage Club members.

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The Heritage Club is a circle of friends who share a commitment to the long-term financial stability of the Y and a belief that the Y’s life-changing programs continue to be offered to future generations. At its core, the Heritage Club is a community of caring people coming together to meet the needs of others for lifetimes beyond their own.

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Join Us!

Please consider joining the Heritage Club through a gift to the Y Endowment Fund.

To learn more about how our planned gift can benefit our community, view the brochure or contact Development.