As a charity, the YMCA has long been dedicated to promoting the health of our communities by fostering the health of every Canadian. To realize this goal, we rely on the generous support of donors like you, who share our commitment to assisting children, youth, families and newcomers from coast-to-coast.
Our YMCA is funded through donations and the following programs and campaigns:
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign
The YMCA ensures that no one is turned away because of inability to pay. The Strong Kids Campaign is the major annual fund-raising campaign of the YMCA. Funds raised in the campaign help over 10,000 people access YMCA programs and membership every year – 22% of YMCA members are supported through gifts to the Strong Kids Campaign.
The Edmonton YMCA Foundation
The Edmonton YMCA Foundation was formed on January 4, 1991 for the purpose of holding and investing endowment funds for the YMCA, and for investing earnings on those funds in YMCA programs, services and facilities. The Foundation supports current YMCA programs and is creating a legacy to ensure that the Y will continue to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities for generations to come.
The YMCA Heritage Club
The YMCA Heritage Club recognizes and honours those who have included the YMCA in their estate plans in one or more of the following ways:
- making an outright gift of money or assets
- creating a Charitable Trust to benefit the YMCA
- naming the YMCA as a beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy
- naming the YMCA to receive a bequest in a will
Heritage Club members plan their gifts to create endowment funds at either The Edmonton YMCA Foundation or the Edmonton Community Foundation. Gifts to endowment funds are not spent. They are invested in perpetuity, and only a portion of the investment income is used to fund YMCA programs each year.
One of our greatest aspirations in life is to leave a mark – to make a difference. Through your care and commitment, you can help ensure that the YMCA has a secure future and the YMCA programs continue to address the most urgent needs in our community. Through The Edmonton YMCA Foundation's Heritage Club, you'll be a community builder and your contribution will be respected and recognized for years to come.
Upon making your gift, you become a member of the Edmonton YMCA Heritage Club. We will make a point of informing you annually about the good work made possible by your generous contribution.