Feature Article - June 2011
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

By Emily Tipping

Budgets and Expenditures

More than three-quarters (76.3 percent) of YMCA respondents reported that their revenues had either remained the same or increased from 2009 to 2010. This compares with 89.9 percent of YMCA respondents from last year's survey who projected that their revenues would remain the same or increase. This means nearly a quarter (23.6 percent) actually saw their revenues fall in that time period, more than double the number that expected this.

YMCA respondents are more optimistic looking forward, with 63.7 percent projecting their revenues will increase from 2010 to 2011, and 65.1 percent projecting an increase from 2011 to 2012. (See Figure 54.)

YMCA respondents had higher operating expenditures than any other type of respondent, with an average of $2,008,000 for fiscal 2010, 40.7 percent higher than the average for all respondents of $1,427.000. That said, YMCAs did see a drop of 28.1 percent to operating expenditures from last year's average for fiscal 2009 to the average reported this year for fiscal 2010. In the next two years, these respondents expect their operating budgets to rise again, increasing by 8 percent on average from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2012.

Half of YMCA respondents said the number of people using their facilities had increased from 2009 to 2010. This is significantly less than the 62.9 percent of last year's YMCA respondents who projected an increase for this time period. Instead, while 6.7 percent last year projected the number of users would fall in 2010, nearly a quarter (24.2 percent) this year reported that this decrease had actually taken place.