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Feature Article - June 2017

YMCAs

A Look at Trends in YMCAs


Revenues & Expenditures

The percentage of Y respondents whose revenues increased year-over-year fell in 2016, while the number reporting decreasing revenues grew slightly. From 2014 to 2015, 56.5 percent of Y respondents said their revenues increased, and 19.1 percent reported a decrease in revenues. From 2015 to 2016, 47.9 percent of Y respondents saw revenues increase, while 20.7 percent saw revenues fall. (See Figure 57.)

Looking forward, Y respondents are relatively optimistic, with 60.8 percent expecting revenues to increase in 2017, and 64.3 percent projecting an increase in 2018.

Y respondents tend to have the highest operating budgets, and for 2016, the
average operating budget for Y respondents was $3,058,000, 49.6 percent higher than the average for all respondents, of $2,044,000. However, Y operating costs grew more slowly from 2015 to 2016, rising 14.1 percent from $2,679,000, while operating costs for all respondents increased by 17.5 percent in that time frame. Looking forward, Y respondents expect their average operating cost to grow 6.1 percent from 2016 to 2018, to $3,245,000.

On average, Y respondents reported that they recover an average of 73 percent of their operating costs via revenue, the highest rate of recovery among survey respondents. While 37.5 percent of Y respondents said that they earn back at least 91 percent of their operating costs via revenues, just 16.8 percent of non-Y respondents do so. And while nearly half (48.1 percent) of non-Y respondents said they earn back 50 percent or less of their operating costs via revenue, only 17.5 percent of Y respondents earn back less than 50 percent.

Y respondents were more likely than others to report that they had taken action to reduce their operating expenditures. While 88.4 percent of Y respondents said they had taken such action, 82.9 percent of non-Y respondents had done so. Y respondents were much more likely than others to report that they had increased fees (53.7 percent of Y respondents vs. 42.9 percent of non-Y respondents), cut staff (51.2 percent of Y respondents vs. 29.8 percent of non-Y respondents), or cut programs and services (27.3 percent of Y respondents vs. 18.2 percent of non-Y respondents). The most common action Y respondents had taken to reduce their operating costs was improving energy efficiency. Some 56.2 percent of Y respondents said they had taken this action.

Y Facilities

More than half of Y respondents reported that the number of people using their facilities has increased over the past couple of years. Some 52.2 percent said usage had increased from 2014 to 2015, and 52.1 percent reported an increase from 2015 to 2016. This compares with 18.3 percent who said membership decreased in 2015, and 15.7 percent who reported a decrease in 2016. (See Figure 58.)

Looking forward, Y respondents are optimistic about memberships. Nearly two-thirds (66.1 percent) said they expect the number of people using their facilities to increase from 2016 to 2017, and more than two-thirds (68.2 percent) are projecting further increases in 2018.