How Your Donation Makes a Difference

At the Y, we believe everyone deserves the same opportunities.
That’s why we work tirelessly alongside you to close gaps and bridge divides.

or text “GIVE” to 616.236.2819

Ways to Make an Impact

The Annual Campaign allows us to fully realize our mission especially as it relates to the last two words “for all”. We listen to the community and respond to their needs through safe, high quality, character-building programs for all inside and outside our facilities. Annual Campaign contributions provide the ability to subsidize these programs and even make them accessible at no cost to the community.

The Annual Campaign raises funds for child care, community service opportunities, camp scholarships, membership, program assistance, and teen leadership development — ensuring everyone has an opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs, regardless of their ability to pay.

Give the gift of Great Beginnings

Credit Card: You can make an online donation via any major credit card or can choose to schedule monthly donations to achieve your desired donation amount. Give Online

Cash/Check: All branches of our YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids can accept your cash or check donation. You may also mail your check to: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Please include a completed pledge card when sending in your donation. Pledge Card

Text To Give: Text “GIVE” to 616.236.2819

You can also complete our pledge card and send to hleggett@grymca.org to make your donation.

As a YMCA volunteer ,your time and talent goes a long way. View available volunteer opportunities.

Each year, fundraising volunteers join together in an effort to share the “Y Story” to everyone in their networks. By doing this, they communicate the Y’s daily impact on people’s lives in Greater Grand Rapids and share how they, too, can have the opportunity to give back.

Become An Annual Campaign Volunteer

We host several community events each year to raise crucial funds for our Annual Campaign. Our Y is able to support the communities we serve with the help of generous participants and sponsors who support our events. For more information on sponsoring an event, please contact our Annual Campaign and Events Manager, Taylor Chrisman, at tchrisman@grymca.org

Hour of Impact: The YMCA’s Hour of Impact brings community leaders, partners, and supporters of together to celebrate the impact we can make as a community and to raise funds in support Y programs as they make transformational change possible for all.

Driving To Achieve Golf Outing: The Driving to Achieve – Walt Gutowski, Sr. YMCA Golf Outing benefits our Teen Leadership Programs throughout West Michigan.  These include Youth in Government, the Summer Teen Learning Academy, Leaders in Training at Camp Manitou Lin, and more.  The YMCA golf outing provides our supporters with the ultimate win-win; support for youth at the Y and an amazing premier class game of golf at Blythefield Country Club.

Miles For A Mission: Miles for a Mission are races throughout our community that raise awareness and support for YMCA programs.  These annual races provide individuals, youth, and families the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, and strengthen themselves and outcomes for their neighbors at the same time.

Learn more about supply needs in our childcare programs across West Michigan. Whether a book or board game, your support can help the children in our care learn, grow, and thrive. View our childcare wish list HERE.

Amazon wish lists support program supply needs. Go to smile.amazon.com (select YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids).

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.

Perhaps you grew up in the YMCA, your children learned to swim at the Y, or you just have the vision to see a better community for the future – the YMCA has a place in your heart.

Whether a gift to the Y’s endowment fund comes in the form of life insurance, a bequest in a will, or even through a gift of cash or securities, your planning for the future helps to ensure the future availability of the YMCA’s programs and values to children and families throughout the West Michigan community.

For further information about becoming part of the Heritage club contact Heidi at hleggett@grymca.org

To learn more about our annual campaign, discuss ideas, or to get involved, please contact our Annual Campaign & Events Manager, Taylor Chrisman at tchrisman@grymca.org or 616.855.9648.

Community Events

Hour of Impact

November 2023

Join us and celebrate the Great Beginnings that the YMCA creates through generous donors like you.

Driving to Achieve

August 2023

A golf outing to raise funds for teen leadership programs at the Y.

Miles for a Mission

Miles for a Mission is a race series hosted by the Y to raise charitable funds needed to provide everyone opportunities and contribute to a better community.

View Our Annual Report

See Our Community Impact