We invite you to become a member of our Heritage Club! The Heritage Club was established in 2012 to ensure that the Forest City Y remains in the community for generations to come. Heritage Club members are those who have made contributions to an endowment fund or who have made provisions in their estate plan for future contributions. The Forest City Y has two established funds, the Forest City Family YMCA Endowment Fund made possible by John K. and Luise V. Hanson and the Hanson Foundation; and the Oleson Family Scholarship Fund, given by the family of the late Merrill G. Oleson, former Executive Director of the Y. Or, donors can name their own fund.
Donate your time
Volunteers are the heart and soul of any YMCA. George Williams, the founder of the YMCA in 1844, was a community volunteer who saw a need and created the YMCA to fill it. The time and talent contributed by the men and women who volunteer at the YMCA enables us to meet the needs of the many people we serve. Coach a youth sports team, be a positive role model for our kids or tell the story of how the Y has positively impacted your life.
Support the Y
The value of Y membership is often thought of in terms of how often we use the equipment or facilities. In reality, it is much more than that! Y staff and volunteers are hard at work each day improving each other’s sense of worth, teaching basic values and serving as role models. We need your help to provide funding for programs that require a subsidy to cover their operating costs. Many important Y programs, such as youth sports, swim lessons, and before & after school care cannot be sustained through fees alone. Another important mission of the Y is to ensure that membership is available to all regardless of their ability to pay. The Y is a place where social status, personal income levels, race, gender and religion have not a say in the services received.
To carry out the mission of the Y, we conduct an annual support campaign in the Spring of each year. The primary purpose of the campaign to ensure that Y membership is available to all regardless of their ability to pay. All gifts to the Y are fully tax deductible according to your financial advisor due to the Y’s 501(c)(3) recognition by the IRS.
Various levels of support are available for the annual campaign. Friends of the Y assist in telling stories of how the Y has positively impacted their life. To recognize annual support donors, the Y uses vinyl recognition banners that hang in our gymnasium.
The Y is in need of many things and appreciates in-kind donations. Please talk to the Executive Director if you desire to make an in-kind contribution.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, the Y is a non-profit 501(c)(3) classified organization. Check with your financial advisor for specific information.
Can my donation be given over a period of time?
Yes, contributions can be made over a three month period.
Will the YMCA accept an in-kind donation?
Yes, the Y is in need of many things and services. The fair market value of an in-kind gift is tax deductible. Please contact your financial advisor for specific information.
How much of what is contributed stays with the Forest City Y?
All of it! Although Y’s pay 2% of all earned income to the YMCA of the USA for services and assistance, all charitable contributions are exempt from this fee.
Who decided how contributions are to be used?
Volunteer Board members, people who live and work in our service area, approve and regularly monitor revenues and expenses over the course of a fiscal year.
Doesn’t the Y have an Endowment Fund to help support programs?
Yes, the Y does have a fund that generates interest to help with operating costs. The fund is permanently restricted and only the interest earned can be used. The percentage of the operating costs covered by the endowment interest has failed to keep pace with the growing budget. We want to continue to keep membership rates low, offer high-quality youth programs and provide financial assistance to those in need.
I’m already a member and pay my dues. Why should I give more?
The dues of our member’s cover the costs associated with staffing, occupancy, supplies, equipment repair and routing maintenance of our facility. Many Y programs that target youth are not self-supporting. It is only through the generosity of people who believe that youth programs and providing financial assistance to those in need that we can continue to offer these important services.
How does the financial assistance program work?
Financial assistance is offered to those who make their needs known. We work with local school officials and state agency workers who indicate to us that a family could benefit from being connected to the YMCA. Each applicant is asked to contribute a token amount towards membership fees. Over the last few years, the Y has provided $25,000-$40,000 to hundreds of individuals in need of financial assistance. We see a trend for this type of needed assistance to continue to grow.