Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs


hile nonprofit facilities like YMCAs, YWCAs, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and Boys & Girls Clubs offer many similar services to health clubs, when it comes to fitness, and to park districts when it comes to youth programs, they differ from these facilities in many more ways—both in terms of funding, and in mission. Respondents from these types of facilities made up 5.1 percent of the total response to the survey this year, with 96.2 percent reporting that they operate on a private, nonprofit basis. (The remainder reported they were public organizations.)

When asked how the economy might be impacting YMCAs, Jessica Wylie, marketing and communications for YMCA of the USA said that while the organization collects statistical information from the nation's 2,686 YMCAs, it has not yet received statistics for 2008. "But, anecdotally, we are learning that YMCAs are seeing an increase in financial assistance," she reported.

YMCAs and similar organizations receive assistance from their communities in many ways, and interestingly, they were the most likely to indicate that they partner with other organizations to reach out to the community with programs and services. Only 2.9 percent of YMCA respondents said they do not form such partnerships. Their most common partners are local schools and other nonprofit organizations. (See Figure 50.)