How is the YMCA different from a gym?
The Y is a leading 501(C)(3) nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. In 2015, the YMCA of Greater Rochester donated more than $3.3 million in membership and program assistance to those who need us most.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester, comprised of 17 locations and two resident camps at Camp Cory and Camp Gorham, engages over 100,000 men, women and children. Deeply rooted in the community for over 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
I already pay membership dues; why should I give money to the YMCA?
Membership dues cover the cost of maintaining and operating our facilities. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away because of inability to pay. Donated dollars are used to provide membership and program assistance for individuals and families who could not afford to participate otherwise. To learn more, view our 2015 – 2016 Annual Report.
Does the money raised through the Annual Campaign stay local?
Yes. When you give to the Y, your gift has a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. All donations made to the YMCA of Greater Rochester are used to support our local community. In 2015, we raised $2.37 million through the generosity of our Annual Campaign donors.
I gave to the YMCA last year; why are you asking me to contribute again this year?
Every year the YMCA of Greater Rochester solicits funds for the Annual Campaign. These funds make it possible to keep our promise of making YMCA programs and services available to all, regardless of ability to pay. All YMCA board members and staff are asked to support the Annual Campaign each year.
Can gifts be made over the course of the year?
Yes, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is pleased to handle your contribution in any manner that you wish. Please indicate on your pledge card the billing and payment arrangements that are most convenient for you. You may spread your contribution over several months or you may opt to receive an invoice or give online anytime during the year for the total amount.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, all contributions to the YMCA are tax-deductible. Your contribution must be received on or before December 31.