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Social Responsibility 

Frequently Asked Questions


Aren't member and program fees enough to support the YMCA?  

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is a not-for-profit organization. Membership and program fees do help support the YMCA. However, many of the programs that the YMCA provides do not generate revenue significant to cover costs. In addition, the mission of the YMCA is to make programs available for all, regardless of an individual's financial circumstances. Thanks to individual, corporate and foundation charitable gifts, the Y is able to provide scholarships and program subsidies.

What is the Y Partners Campaign?

This annual fund supports the entire experience at the YMCA and targets the most pressing needs, ensuring that the Y is available to all regardless of their financial situation.

As one of YMCA of Greater San Antonio’s highest priorities, annual giving is how YMCA staff, board members, members, parents, and friends can most effectively contribute charitable support to the YMCA each year. Y Partners Campaign dollars are used by each branch exclusively to support their community's needs. The YMCA encourages participation at all giving levels.

How can corporations and foundations work with the YMCA?

Our Financial Development Department fosters the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations and foundations in the greater San Antonio community and around the nation. The YMCAs strengths in character-driven programs and services can advance a company's strategic business interests and help philanthropic organizations achieve their goals. If you would like to discuss ways that the YMCA can help your organization achieve its goals, please contact us.

What about end-of-the-year giving?

 As the year comes to a close and we enter the season of goodwill, remember that making charitable gifts provides much-needed support for our mission, is personally heartwarming and may produce significant tax savings for you. By timing your charitable gifts before December 31st, you will see a tax break for that year if you itemize deductions on your income tax return. There are several strategies for resourceful year-end giving.

Does my gift really make a difference?

YES! Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference. The gifts of thousands of YMCA friends quickly add up.

What will my gift do?


Last year, nearly $1.1 million dollars were raised.  As a result, 4,200 families or nearly 14,500 individuals received scholarships for YMCA programming and memberships—think of the difference that made!  But the need is greater than ever.

A gift of:
• $2,500 allows 4 children to participate in one week at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow
• $1,000 provides 5 teens with a safe and supervised place to hang out with a one-year membership to the Y
• $600 enables 2 children to participate in two weeks of YMCA summer day camp
• $300 gives 1 family the opportunity to improve their spirit, mind and body with a one year membership
• $100 improves a child's self-esteem by enabling him or her to participate in a youth sports program

Does the YMCA accept Matching Gifts?

Yes. Corporate matching gifts are encouraged. Donors simply gather their company's matching gift form and submit it to the YMCA with their gift. The YMCA promptly completes the matching gift form and returns it to the corporation.

Will  I receive a receipt for my gift?

All donations (no matter the size) will receive an IRS compliant thank you note for your tax reporting purposes.

Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one?

 Tribute and memorial gifts are welcomed. The donor will be provided a tax compliant thank you note.
The individual (or his or her family) will receive an acknowledgement from the YMCA noting that a gift has been made in honor or memory. The donor's name and address will be provided to the family so that they can acknowledge your generosity, but the YMCA does not share the gift value.

What are the manners in which I can make a gift?

Cash, checks, credit cards, bank electronic funds transfers/draws, appreciated assets, real estate, stocks, and planned gifts are all accepted by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. Capital pledges may be made over a period of years with a signed letter of intent. Annual gifts to the Y Partners Campaign should be paid in full by August 31st. 

There are many options you may choose from to make your gift:

  • Make a secure gift online.
  • Make your gift by phone: call Carrie Bair-Norwood (210)246-9600, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
  • Make your gift by mail, with checks payable to: YMCA of Greater San Antonio, 231 E. Rhapsody, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Make a gift of stock:  contact Carrie Bair-Norwood (210)246-9600, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
  • Make the YMCA part of your legacy through a planned gift. Contact Carrie Bair-Norwood (210)246-9600, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Your gift is greatly appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. 
The YMCA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under IRS code.


How do I designate my online gift?

Unrestricted gifts support Y work throughout our community and provide the most flexibility.
You may direct your gift to benefit any of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio branches. When you complete the donation form, link to donor form on the “designation” line and simply select where you would like your gift directed.

Will my gift be kept Confidential?

Your gift to the YMCA is held in the strictest of confidence. Your information will not be sold, rented, or traded to any other organization or company. Online transactions are secured through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Unless anonymity is requested, the names of donors or $1,000 or more will be listed in our Annual Report.

How do I contact the Financial Development Department and/or where do I mail my gift?

The Financial Development office may be reached at (210) 246-9600 or by mail at YMCA of Greater San Antonio, 231 E. Rhapsody, San Antonio, TX 78216

YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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