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

"Especially during an economic downturn, this philanthropic support allows us to continue to provide programs and services to ensure that every person and community we touch has the opportunity to thrive," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "We realize that our organization faces continued challenges in the year ahead, but we also recognize that those we serve are facing even greater challenges. Our commitment to helping all YMCA communities build meaningful, secure and healthy futures never wavers."

YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's YMCAs and secures donor funds to distribute to YMCAs around the country. Today, six in 10 YMCAs serve communities where median family income falls below the national average, and one in five kids in YMCA child care benefits from financial assistance, revealing the power of these organizations.

Building Plans

YMCA respondents were slightly more likely than average to be planning construction projects in the next three years. Two-thirds (66 percent) of YMCAs indicated that they do have plans, with nearly a quarter (23.3 percent) planning all new facilities. About a third (34 percent) were planning additions, and 44.7 percent had renovations in the works. (See Figure 53.)

YMCA respondents also were planning to spend slightly more than average on their construction. They reported an average construction cost of $5,244,000, 8.5 percent higher than the average construction budget of $4,835,000.