Feature Article - June 2012
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YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

Revenues & Expenditures

As in years past, YMCA respondents reported substantially higher average operating budgets than other facility types. In fiscal 2011, YMCA respondents had an average operating budget of $2,330,000, 50.1 percent higher than the average for all facility types. This represented a 16 percent increase over their reported average operating budgets in fiscal 2010. In that same time frame, the average for all respondents increased by a more modest 8.8 percent. Between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2013, YMCA respondents project their average operating expenditures will grow by 10.1 percent. Because the average for all respondents is expected to grow at a slower rate, by 2013, average operating budgets for YMCAs are projected to be 57.3 percent higher than the across-the-board average.

A growing number of YMCA respondents expect their revenues to increase over the next couple of years. While a fifth (20.2 percent) saw revenues fall from 2010 to 2011, nearly half (47.5 percent) said revenues had increased in that time period. From 2011 to 2012, more than half (55.7 percent) expect their revenues to increase. And from 2012 to 2013, more than two-thirds (67.7 percent) expect their revenues to increase. (See Figure 54.)

At the same time, even larger numbers of YMCA respondents are expecting the number of people using their facilities to increase. From 2010 to 2011, nearly one-quarter (23.2 percent) said usage of their facilities decreased, while more than half (53.5 percent) said usage had increased. From 2011 to 2012, nearly two-thirds (63.9 percent) of YMCA respondents project an increase in the number of people using their facilities. And from 2012 to 2013, more than three-quarters (75.3 percent) expect an increase. (See Figure 55.)

More YMCAs reported in 2012 than in 2011 that they had taken measures to reduce their operating costs. While 95 percent had done so in 2011, this year that number increased to 97 percent. The most common measures taken included: improving energy efficiency (63.4 percent of YMCA respondents); increasing fees (58.4 percent); reducing staff (55.4 percent); putting construction and renovation plans on hold (32.7 percent); and cutting programs or services (28.7 percent). This year saw slight decreases in the number of YMCA respondents who had improved energy efficiency (63.4 percent vs. 70.7 percent in 2011); or reduced staff (55.4 percent vs. 58.5 percent in 2011). On the other hand, more YMCA respondents in 2012 had increased fees, put construction plans on hold, or cut programs and services.

Just 5 percent of YMCA respondents said they had plans to reduce staff in 2012. More than three-quarters (78.2 percent) planned to maintain their existing staff levels, and another 16.8 percent said they had plans to add staff.

Among those planning to add staff, the average number of employees they plan to add in 2012 was 56.5, more than any other type of facility. This included an average of 2.2 full-time workers, 18.5 part-time employees, six seasonal employees and 29.8 volunteers.