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Feature Article - June 2018

YMCAs

A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs, and Boys & Girls Clubs



In this section, we cover Ys, a category that, for our purposes, includes not only YMCAs, but also similar facilities that are typically nonprofits, such as YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs, among others. Due to their nonprofit operations, these facilities tend to stand apart in unique ways from other multipurpose facilities like the recreation centers and health clubs they resemble. Respondents from Ys and similar facilities made up 5.1 percent of the survey respondents in 2018.

Y respondents are most likely to be located in the Midwest and Northeast. Some 37 percent of Y respondents said they are from the Midwest, while 29.6 percent reported from the Northeast. They were followed by the South Atlantic states, with 17.3 percent. Y respondents are far less likely to be located in the South Central region (9.9 percent) or the West (6.2 percent). No Y respondents said they are from outside of the United States.

Some 42 percent of Y respondents said they are located in suburban communities. Another third (33.3 percent) are located in rural areas, and nearly one-quarter (24.7 percent) can be found in urban communities.

On average, Y respondents said they reach a population of 77,080 people. Some 43.8 percent of Y respondents said they serve a population of 20,000 or fewer. Nearly another third (32.5 percent) reach a population between 20,000 and 99,999. And 23.8 percent of Y respondents reach a population of at least 100,000 people.

Y respondents manage an average of 3.4 facilities. They were much more likely than non-Y respondents to report that they manage between one and three facilities. While 81.5 percent of Y respondents said they manage one to three facilities, just 58.5 percent of non-Y respondents manage between one and three facilities. Conversely, while 17.6 percent of non-Y respondents said they manage 10 or more facilities, just 4.9 percent of Y respondents have 10 or more facilities to manage.

Y respondents are much more likely than other facility types to report that they form partnerships with other organizations. While 95.1 percent of Y respondents said they have formed such partnerships, some 86.2 percent of non-Y respondents have partnered. The most common partners for Ys include: local schools (87.7 percent of Y respondents have partnered with them); nonprofit organizations (80.2 percent); corporate or local businesses (67.9 percent); local government (59.3 percent); and health care or medical facilities (59.3 percent). (See Figure 56.)


Ys are often at the forefront of innovating new ways to partner to innovate and bring new programming to their communities, so when you consider the growing connection between wellness and fitness facilities, it comes as no surprise that Ys are much more likely than others to partner with health care and medical facilities. Some 51.9 percent of Y respondents said they have partnered with health care and medical facilities, compared with just 15.8 percent of non-Y respondents.

Y respondents were more likely than others to report that they serve an all-ages audience. Some 55.6 percent of Ys said they reach all ages, compared with 42.5 percent of non-Y respondents. Another 22.2 percent of Ys said their primary audience is made up of adults, 18.5 percent serve children, 2.5 percent reach teens, and 1.2 percent primarily serve infants and toddlers.

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