Annual Campaign

Why Invest Your Dollars in the Y’s Annual Campaign?

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because, in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, the Y has the presence and partnerships to deliver lasting personal and social change. For more than 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has been listening and responding to our community.

  • 17,834 youth, families, individuals, and seniors receive financial assistance
  • 17,975 participants in swim lessons and water fitness
  • 25,911 children in childcare programs
  • 1,000,000 meals provided to kids and families involved in our summer learning loss and before and after school programs
  • And so much more

Make a gift and help ensure that the Y remains available for all


$160 will provide a year’s worth of weekend food backpacks.

Food insecurity impacts health and academic achievement. Affected children are more likely to be overweight or obese, hospitalized, and perform poorly in school.

$672 provides a month of Before and After School Program for a school age child in a fun, safe, nurturing environment.


$1,725 will enable a teen to develop self-esteem and leadership skills through the camp Counselor-in-Training Program.

$780 will allow a child to make friends, learn new skills, and develop self-confidence during a week of overnight camping.


$30 sponsors 1 teen for 1 month of Y membership and teen programming. Too many of Rochester’s kids are not graduating high school. It is essential teens get the support they need to stay on track and make smart choices.


$265 provides a child a week of day camp. Camp scholarships give children in need a chance to unplug, get outside, and build skills and friendships that last a lifetime.

$1,000 provides a cancer survivor and their family the opportunity to participate in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA where they will build strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and ultimately improve quality of life.


$90 provides 7-9 weeks of swim lessons to a child. Lessons are important because drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children in the United States.

$62 provides one month of membership for a senior adult. Membership at the Y helps seniors keep active, prevent illness, and stay connected with others.

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$429 empowers an adult to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.


$2,296 will provide 2 months of childcare and early education in a safe, nurturing environment where  children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old can learn through play and engagement. YMCA childcare helps working parents and focuses on skill-building and healthy habits to create lasting positive behaviors, peer relationships, and instill a love of learning.

Dollars contributed to our Annual Campaign help the Y:

  • Address the increase in academic disparity among children and teens of different backgrounds through our Achievement Gap programs
  • Combat high rates of chronic disease and obesity through our Community Integrated Health Programs
  • Provide safe after school and summer care for children of working parents through Y programs at various community sites across the county
  • And so much more

Annual Campaign FAQ’s

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 eight branches, five day camps 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.

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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.