Feature Article - June 2016
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

Revenues & Expenditures

The percentage of YMCA respondents whose revenues increased year-over-year fell slightly in 2015, while the number reporting a drop in revenues increased. While 59.7 percent said revenues increased from 2013 to 2014, 56.5 percent reported an increase from 2014 to 2015. And, while 14.9 percent saw a drop in revenues from 2013 to 2014, 19.1 percent said revenues had decreased from 2014 to 2015. (See Figure 57.)

Looking forward, a growing number of YMCA respondents expect to see their revenues increase, with 59.8 percent expecting an increase in 2016, and 66 percent projecting an increase in 2017.

YMCA respondents are among the biggest spenders in terms of operating expenditures, and they also report that their expenses are growing at a faster rate than the general survey audience. YMCAs spent 54 percent more on their operations in 2015 than the general survey population, with an average operating cost of $2,679,000. In addition, while the average survey respondent saw their operating expenses grow 2.6 percent from 2014 to 2015, YMCA respondents reported that operating expenses grew 9.8 percent, from $2,440,000 in 2014 to $2,679,000 in 2015. Looking forward, YMCA respondents are expecting operating expenses to grow a further 10.2 percent from 2015 to $2,953,000 in 2017.

On average, YMCA respondents reported that they recover 72.3 percent of their operating costs via revenue, on average, the highest rate of recovery among survey respondents. More than one-third (35.4 percent) of YMCA respondents said they recover 91 percent or more of their operating costs back via revenues, compared with just 16 percent of non-YMCA respondents. Just 19.5 percent of YMCA respondents said they earn back 50 percent or less of their operating expenditures via revenues.

YMCA respondents were slightly more likely than non-YMCA respondents to report that they had taken action to reduce their operating expenses. While 85.1 percent of YMCA respondents had taken such action, 83.5 percent of non-YMCA respondents had done so. YMCA respondents were far more likely than others to report that they had cut staffing levels. Some 52.6 percent of YMCA respondents said they had reduced staff, compared with 31.6 percent of non-YMCA respondents. Other actions YMCA respondents had taken include: increasing fees (49.1 percent had done so); improving energy efficiency (46.5 percent); cutting programs or services (18.4 percent); and putting construction or renovation plans on hold (17.5 percent).

YMCA Facilities

Around one-half of YMCA respondents reported that the number of people using their facilities has increased over the past couple of years, and similar numbers are expecting further increases in 2016 and 2017. While 50.4 percent reported an increase in 2014, 52.2 percent saw an increase in 2015. At the same time, 11.1 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively, reported that the number of people using their facilities had decreased. (See Figure 58.) Looking forward, 56.3 percent are expecting usage to increase in 2016, and 51 percent expect an increase in 2017.