Feature Article - June 2011
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

By Emily Tipping

YMCA respondents are more optimistic going forward, with 64.8 percent anticipating the number of users at their facilities to increase from 2010 to 2011, and 68.5 percent expecting an increase from 2011 to 2012. (See Figure 55.)

More than 95 percent of YMCA respondents said they had taken measures to reduce operating costs at their facilities. The most popular measure, undertaken by more than seven out of 10 (70.7 percent) YMCA respondents, was improving energy efficiency. More than half had reduced staff (58.5 percent) or increased fees (56.1 percent). Some 31.7 percent had put construction plans on hold, 26.8 percent had cut programs and services, and 16.3 percent had cut operating hours.

While last year, 9.8 percent of YMCA respondents said they planned to reduce staff in 2010, this year, only 5.8 percent of respondents are planning to cut staff in 2011. A majority (77.7 percent) said they plan to maintain their current staff levels, and 16.5 percent said they will add more staff.