Feature Article - June 2008
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YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs

Helping Build Healthy Communities


Usage and Revenues

Overall, respondents from YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs were fairly positive about usage and revenue trends in their facilities, with many anticipating increasing participation as well as increasing revenues over the next several years. At the same time, although respondents from these facilities reported the highest operating costs, they also were not expecting their costs to grow as rapidly as some other types of facilities.

On its Web site, the YMCA of the USA reports that it has more than 12,450,000 members nationwide. According to our survey, YMCAs are expecting that number to grow. Some 45.8 percent of respondents from YMCAs and similar facilities reported that the number of people using their facilities had grown between 2006 and 2007, while another 43.4 percent said that number had remained even in that time period. Nearly 11 percent said the number of people using their facilities had gone down. Looking forward, more expect their facilities to see more people participating. From 2007 to 2008, 54 percent project an increase in the number of people using their facilities, and from 2008 to 2009, 60 percent anticipate an increase.

Though many cited concerns about the economy and whether or not people would be willing to pay the necessary membership fees and charges to take part in activities, respondents from YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs were quite positive overall about revenue growth over the next several years. More than half said their revenues had grown from 2006 to 2007, and by 2008 to 2009, nearly three-quarters project increases in revenue.

Respondents in this category reported the highest average annual operating expenditures of any facility type, but they did not expect their expenses to grow as quickly as many other facilities. Respondents from YMCAs and similar facilities reported an average annual operating expenditure of $2,114,800 for fiscal 2007, 52.5 percent higher than the across-the-board average, and 115 percent higher than their counterparts working for health and fitness clubs. They projected a growth rate of 11.5 percent over the next several years, to an average of $2,357,800 in fiscal 2009.