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You have the power to ensure that YMCA programs are accessible to everyone in our community for generations to come. Whether you want to benefit us today by creating a fund, investing in capital projects, supporting our operations and financial assistance, or benefit us after your lifetime, arrange a gift that pays you income or start making an impact today with other tools, we can help you find the charitable plan that meets your needs.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are a variety of charitable giving methods that allow a donor to express his or her personal values by integrating charitable and financial goals. Often a planned gift will be structured with the assistance of a financial advisor or an attorney to guarantee the donor’s desired legacy. A “planned gift” is synonymous with the term “deferred giving,” “gift planning,” and “estate gift.”

There are many types of giving vehicles which will permit a donor to express his or her wish to leave a legacy to the YMCA. The most common planned gifts are bequests (made though a will) and life insurance policies naming the YMCA of Greater Rochester as a beneficiary. Other types include:

  • Bequests through a Will or Living Trust
  • Life Insurance beneficiary
  • IRA or Retirement Plan beneficiary
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Reserved Life Estate

Thanks to our partnership with FreeWill, creating your legacy is even easier. FreeWill can help with:

Endowment Gifts and Named Fund

This gift to the YMCA of Greater Rochester provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

  • Endowment donations are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address immediate needs at the Y. The remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support.
  • Donors can create Named Funds with $25,000 gifts to the endowment, and work with the YMCA to determine a special way for the Fund to be used to support our mission.

Contact Andy Powers for more information.

Capital Contributions

The YMCA has an expansive facility footprint and is always looking for ways to improve service delivery through upgrades and new facilities. Donors can be part of exciting changes to our Y with capital gifts. Donors are recognized in various ways including donor boards, and opportunities to name facilities.

Contact Andy Powers for more information.

George Williams Society

Named after the founder of the YMCA movement, the George Williams Society honors those individuals and families who include the YMCA of Greater Rochester in their estate plans and donors that have given $25,000 or greater to the endowment.

Planned gifts ensure the YMCA’s programs and services continue to benefit the Rochester community for generations to come. There is no minimum gift amount required for planned gift membership. Members of the Society are recognized in print materials, provided updates and communication that we don’t share with everyone else throughout the year and invitations to special events.

Contact Andy Powers for more information.