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My experience with YMCA programming and staff has equipped me with leadership and professionalism skills, exposed me to new environments that helped solidify my future path, and supported my growth as a young adult who is about to embark in his next chapter in life.
Follyvi Dossa, High School Senior, Rowe Scholar, Global Teen, Harlem YMCA
Morehouse College, Class of 2024
Follyvi’s story captures best what the YMCA of Greater New York strives to achieve each day – empowering New Yorkers to fulfill their potential, including those most vulnerable. Through enhancing healthy behaviors, providing learning opportunities and quality education for youth and New Americans and through community and civic engagement activities, we have witnessed firsthand the power of the Y’s programs to shape lives and build a better and brighter future for communities across New York City.
However, under the weight of the global pandemic and a very unstable economic climate, the future of the Y is greatly uncertain at this moment in time. But with your partnership and support, we can ensure that the Y remains a healthy and viable institution for years to come.
Since we closed all of our branches in mid-March, the Y has lost over $67 million in revenue that is normally generated through memberships and program service fees. This accounts for over 30% of our annual operating revenue. And with the uncertainty as to when the Y can re-open its branches and serve the 500,000 New Yorkers that walk through our doors each year, that financial loss may continue to grow in the months ahead.
This financial strain translates into a tremendous scaling back on our ability to fulfill our mission. It means that our life-changing programs and services are in jeopardy. These programs include our highly successful Rowe Scholars College Readiness Program; our seven New American Welcome Centers that offer critical immigration services; our chronic disease management and preventative health programs; our Y Afterschool that serves over 10,000 youth each year; and several others.
Yet I have much hope for the future of the Y. Throughout its storied past is a consistent them of resiliency. That resiliency has stemmed from committed individuals coming together to ensure that the Y has always remained a leading organization able to deliver its promise to all New Yorkers. From iconic philanthropists such as John D. Rockefeller to groups of committed individuals such as the African American donors who banded together to raise funds for a Brooklyn branch in 1918, the Y’s future has always been secured with the tremendous support of members and donors who have provided both current use and planned gifts.
In this same spirit, I’m reaching out today to ask that you consider doing three things for our Y community and for the thousands of New Yorkers that rely on our services, especially those highly vulnerable and living in poverty:
- Consider a gift today to the YMCA Community Fund, which will have a direct and immediate impact on our ability to continue to fulfill our mission. You can make your gift online at: https://ymcanyc.org/give;
- Join our Heritage Society by including us in your estate plans, providing critical future support and ensuring that Y thrives for another 168 years;
- Please share the value of the Y with your family and friends so they too may consider joining our community.
The Heritage Society has a number of special recognition opportunities and activities throughout the year. If you have already made the decision to include the YMCA of Greater New York in your plans, let us know so we can express our thanks. And if you are considering doing so, we’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions. Please contact our team at email@example.com.
For more information on estate planning and additional ways to give, please visit our website: YMCA Heritage Society. And, if you don’t currently have a will, the YMCA of Greater New York has partnered with FreeWill to provide our members and donors with a free will-making service.
Many thanks for your kind consideration. Together, we can make a difference both for the YMCA and for the future of communities across our great city.
With much gratitude,
SVP and Chief Development Officer
PS - Your gift today and the legacy you leave for tomorrow, will ensure what the future will look like for the YMCA of Greater New York.