Feature Article - June 2011
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

By Emily Tipping

The category that incorporates YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys and Girls Clubs made up 6.1 percent of this year's respondents. These facilities operate on a nonprofit basis, and provide many of the same functions as health clubs, but expand on those offerings to also provide educational support, before and after school programs, daycare options, and much more.

Respondents from these facilities were more likely to be from the Midwest than from other regions. Some 41.8 percent were from the Midwest. More than a quarter (26.2 percent) were from the Northeast. Far fewer were from the West (13.9 percent), South Atlantic (13.1 percent) and South Central (4.9 percent) states.

When it comes to the type of community in which they work, YMCA respondents were more likely to report in from suburban communities, with 42.5 percent indicating they work in this type of area. A third (33.3 percent) were from urban communities. Almost a quarter (24.2 percent) indicated that they work in rural communities.

As with health clubs, the majority of YMCA respondents (84.4 percent) said they manage three or fewer facilities. Only 12.3 percent manage six or more facilities.

Respondents from YMCAs were more likely than other respondents to report that they had formed partnerships with other organizations. Only 2.2 percent of YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys and Girls Clubs reported that they do not partner with any other organizations. The most common partnerships were made with local schools, with 86.9 percent of these respondents indicating they had formed this type of partnership. More than two-thirds also had partnered with nonprofit organizations (78.7 percent) or local government (69.7 percent). More than half partnered with corporations or local businesses (63.1 percent), health care or medical facilities (61.5 percent), or state government (51.6 percent). (See Figure 53.)