Feature Article - June 2010
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

Budgets and Growth

Respondents from YMCAs were the most likely to indicate that they were concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on their facilities. This year's survey saw relevant changes from last year's projections, especially in the 2008-to-2009 time frame. Last year, 55 percent of YMCA respondents projected their revenues would increase in that time period, but this year, just 40 percent reported that such increases had taken place. And, while 11 percent were expecting revenues to be lower, more than one-quarter (26.7 percent) reported that their revenues in 2009 were lower than in 2008. (See Figure 55.)

By 2011, however, YMCA respondents return to positive expectations, with two-thirds projecting revenue growth in that year. Surely, much of the hit taken in 2008 through 2009 is due to the nature of funding for these facilities. YMCAs rely heavily on contributed income, as well as government grants and contracts.