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Feature Article - June 2018


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

Revenues & Expenditures

The percentage of Y respondents whose revenues increased year-over-year grew in 2017, while the number reporting decreasing revenues fell substantially. From 2015 to 2016, 47.9 percent of Y respondents said their revenues increased, and 20.7 percent reported a decrease. From 2016 to 2017, 53.8 percent reported an increase, while 12.5 percent saw a decrease in revenues. (See Figure 57.)

Looking forward, Y respondents are relatively optimistic, with 58.2 percent expecting revenues to increase in 2018, and 51.4 percent expecting increases in 2019. At the same time the percentage expecting decreasing revenues grows slightly to 12.7 percent in 2018 before falling to 5.6 percent in 2019.

Y respondents reported a smaller decrease to their average operating expense than other respondents from 2016 to 2017. While all respondents saw an 11.9 percent decrease to operating costs in that time period, for Y respondents, the decrease was just 4.8 percent, from an average of $3,058,000 in 2016 to $2,910,000 in 2017. Looking forward, they projected a much smaller increase than other respondents. While all respondents expect operating costs to increase by 6.7 percent by 2019, Y respondents projected a smaller 1 percent increase, from $2,910,000 in 2017 to $2,940,000 in 2019.

On average, Y respondents reported that they recover an average of 68.6 percent of their operating costs via revenue. While 37.5 percent of Y respondents said that they earn back at least 91 percent of their operating costs via revenues, just 13.7 percent of non-Y respondents earn back 91 percent or more. And while 30 percent of Y respondents said they earn back 50 percent or less of their operating costs via revenue, 48 percent of non-Y respondents earn back half or less.

Y respondents were among the most likely to report that they have taken action to reduce their operating expenditures. While 88.9 percent of Y respondents said they have taken such action, 80 percent of non-Y respondents have done so. The actions Y respondents are most likely to have taken include: improving energy efficiency (63 percent); increasing fees (54.3 percent); reducing staff (39.5 percent); cutting programs or services (24.7 percent) and putting construction or renovation plans on hold (18.5 percent).

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 52.1 percent said usage increased from 2015 to 2016, and 55.6 percent reported an increase from 2016 to 2017. In that same time period, the percentage reporting a decrease in membership fell, from 15.7 percent who saw a decrease in 2016 to 11.1 percent in 2017. (See Figure 58.)

Looking forward, Y respondents are even more optimistic about memberships. Nearly two-thirds (64.6 percent) said they expect the number of people using their facilities to increase from 2017 to 2018, though oddly, just 56.3 percent expect an increase in 2019.

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