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

When it comes to the number of people using their facilities, the projected numbers for 2008 to 2009 from last year were very close to the reality reported by this year's respondents. Last year, 52.5 percent said they expected that number to increase from 2008 to 2009, and this year, 53.8 percent reported that the number had actually increased. Looking forward, a majority of YMCA respondents are also expecting the usage of their facilities to grow, with 62.9 percent projecting an increase in 2010, and 67.5 percent projecting an increase in 2011. (See Figure 56.)

Respondents from YMCAs were among the few to report a decrease in their operating costs in 2009, when they reported a 3.3 decrease. A 5.4 percent drop is expected in 2010, when YMCAs expect operating budgets to decrease from an average of $2,791,000 to $2,641,000. This is followed by an increase of 6.4 percent in 2011.

In fact, YMCA respondents were the most likely to report that they had taken action to reduce their operating costs. Only 2.2 percent said they had not taken any action. The most common measure taken by these facilities was to reduce staff (64.4 percent said they had reduces staff), followed closely by improving energy efficiency (62.2 percent) and increasing fees (58.9 percent). Around a third said they had put construction plans on hold (33.3 percent) or cut programs and services (30 percent). And, 16.7 percent said they had reduced their hours of operation.

Among all of the facilities covered in the Industry Report survey, respondents from YMCAs employed the highest average number of employees: 247.6, which includes full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, as well as volunteers, a large part of the YMCA mission. In 2010, 79.1 percent of these respondents said they plan to maintain their current staff levels, with 13.2 percent planning cuts, and 7.7 percent planning to add staff. Among those who are planning to bring on new employees, an average of 49.4 new employees will be hired, including 2.2 full-time workers, 17.5 part-time employees, 9.9 seasonal workers and 19.8 volunteers.