Throughout the history of the YMCA movement, our organization has faced societal issues with an unrelenting determination to change the lives of people who need us most. With an obesity crisis facing our nation, chronic poverty, gaps in educational opportunities, health disparities, a rapidly aging population, and much more, the next evolution of cause-driven community services is needed. The YMCA of Greater Rochester is at the forefront of this evolution with the promise of a better tomorrow
At the Y, we pride ourselves on our ability to carefully assess the needs of our community, adapt to best serve those needs, and pursue key partnerships to help us deliver on our cause-driven promise. Through the tireless work of our Board of Directors, the vision for the future is clear. The YMCA of the future is not just a building, it is an organization dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. Whether it is in a city school, an incredible Finger Lakes camp, or beautiful new facility, the Y will continue to make personal growth and change a priority for all.
There is no better example of the Y's longstanding commitment to service in a changing world than our Maplewood Family Branch. The branch opened its doors 100 years ago and, throughout its history, the surrounding neighborhood has significantly evolved. Today, Maplewood is serving thousands, including programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, refugees, seniors, teens, and so many more–it is a true melting pot of people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Renovation of the Maplewood Branch in 2010 was the springboard to our Strengthening Communities Campaign, and the branch serves as a guidepost for the vision of our future.
The Strengthening Communities Campaign is our statement to the region that we are up to the challenge of providing the resources needed for families to learn, grow, and thrive. It is a decade-long endeavor to address the critical community needs among children, youth, adults, and seniors with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Within this Campaign we will expand on what we are already doing in 17 YMCA sites and dozens of community sites—serving more, and providing opportunity for thousands. The signature project of the Campaign will be the new " Regional Campus for Healthy Living" that will transform our ability to serve the Greater Rochester Community.
As we reflect on the past, we know that much has been done-but the work is just beginning. It is an incredible time in our history, and we can't wait to share with you the many ways we will continue to grow, evolve, and serve. Together, with you, we are building the YMCA of the future.
Last year the YMCA helped young scholars grow and thrive in our Before & After School Care program.
The Y gives kids a safe haven outside of school where they meet new friends, learn new skills, and become well rounded citizens.
Research shows that children who participate in high-quality afterschool programs can increase their academic achievement in school. So increasing both access to and the quality of afterschool programs is essential.
Meals provided to kids and families in our summer learning loss and before and after school programs
We work to improve the health and well-being of all through our suite of chronic disease prevention programs
Participated in unique programs
Participants in swim lessons and water fitness
One hundred years ago Rochester had a new and bustling YMCA that sat on the banks of the picturesque Lower Falls. George Eastman helped the YMCA of Greater Rochester open the Maplewood branch in 1916, on land he donated at the corner of Lake Avenue and Driving Park Boulevard. The goal was to create a space for recreation and wellness-especially as a refuge during harsh Rochester weather.
Throughout its 101 year history, the Maplewood Family Branch has continued to change and adapt to meet the needs of the neighborhood and the community.The original tennis courts have disappeared, the 1916 pool is now a group exercise studio, the gym has become the wellness center, and a new gym and Active Older Adult center have been added. The history of the Maplewood Y still shows through, while at the same time showcasing the new and innovative YMCA that exists today.
Partnerships with community organizations have throughout the Y's history allowed us to expand our reach and introduce the Y as a hub to the community. From teaching paperboys to swim in the 50's and the gateway to outdoor education and camping to being a thriving vibrant center for Seniors, Families, and the northwest region of the city the Y has been and continues to be a cornerstone of the history and future of Rochester.
The addition of Preschool and Before and After School programming allowed the Y to expand its programming to enable parents and families to be able to go to work knowing their children are in a safe, stimulating environment.
The Y has continued to grow its involvement in education, providing physical education, aquatics, and tennis programs through partnerships with city and charter school partnerships Yesterday, today, and tomorrow the Y has been part of the bedrock that the community has been built and transformed on.
Grade-Level Equivalent Average Loss in Math & Reading During The Summer
Youth at all of our YMCA early education programs, afterschool programs, and day and overnight camps enjoy hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities which encourage them to be curious and ask critical questions about the world around them. We look forward to continuing and expanding this exciting work, because we know that engaging with STEM programming helps youth practice key 21st Century skills in problem solving, communication, and critical thinking.
Our youth development programs create opportunities for youth to observe, question, plan, investigate, analyze, and communicate findings. This year, we created a highly skilled team of STEM trainers who have trained more than 300 youth development staff and impacted more than 2,500 youth. We are proud to partner with caregivers, families, and schools to holistically nurture youth through hands-on STEM programming. By making STEM an important part of all of our youth development programs, from cradle to career, the YMCA of Greater Rochester ensures that all youth have the skills they need to learn, grow, and thrive.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester has formed a partnership with Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) to eliminate the summer opportunity gap, accelerate students ' academic achievement, and close the achievement gap. The goals of the innovative Power Scholars program include:
During the YMCA of Greater Rochester's first year, our results were some of the best in the nation. Our scholars not only avoided the loss of 1-3 months of skills in both math and science (a loss that is typical for youth in many of our communities), but gained a month of skills in math and 2.5 months in literacy. These gains ensure that our scholars are ready to learn, grow, and thrive when they return to school in the fall.
Power Scholars delivers academic and social enrichment for youth in poverty for 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 5 weeks. During these 5 weeks, scholars have the opportunity to hone math and literacy skills, and also enjoy field trips, guest speakers, and exciting programming in the areas of STEM, arts, global learning, 21st Century skills, leadership, college & career readiness, and health & wellness. At the conclusion of the program, each scholar receives an impressive 192 hours of instruction and enrichment in key areas.
"Research shows that children who participate in high-quality afterschool programs can increase their academic achievement in school. So increasing both access to and the quality of afterschool programs is essential."
We're on a quest to impact our community
for the next century
As one of the area's largest human services charities, the Y is uniquely positioned to meet the many challenges faced by our communities each day. With this in mind, the YMCA of Greater Rochester launched the Strengthening Communities Campaign in 2016-a decade-long endeavor to address our region's needs for the next century. This historic initiative recognizes the extraordinary impact of philanthropy for the future of our Y and the people of our community
Beginning with the revitalization of the Maplewood Branch in the northwest section of the City of Rochester, the vision of the Strengthening Communities Campaign is to create facilities to serve the health and wellness needs of diverse populations; expand opportunities for more children to have quality childcare in urban neighborhoods and dynamic camp experiences in the Finger Lakes; ensure the Y's future through endowment; and attract ongoing support for our annual outreach efforts. This is an effort to benefit the entire region, including philanthropy in support of our Urban District, the Corning Community Branch, Camp Gorham, and our suburban facilities. Within this bold endeavor are the Campaign's cornerstone efforts to build a new Regional Campus for Healthy Living in Pittsford and expand Camp Cory on Keuka Lake.
Responding to the needs of a growing population of families in Rochester's southeastern suburbs, a rapidly aging population, and expanding requests for services for those with diverse abilities, plans are underway for the YMCA of Greater Rochester to build a "Regional Campus for Healthy Living" in the southeast section of Monroe County. The YMCA understands the importance of meeting the needs of working families who are seeking ways to ensure healthy, well-balanced lives, to nurture the potential of their children and keep their aging parents vibrant and strong.
This will be a revolutionary new campus designed with everyone in mind-it will offer unique, accessible spaces that benefit the entire community and address the most critical needs to support strong individuals and families. Innovative and accessible design will advance the Y's cause to deliver programs for nurturing the potential of our youth, ensuring the health and wellness of our neighbors, and providing equal opportunities for all.
Plans for the YMCA's new Regional Campus for Healthy Living have been developed with specific imperatives to improve the health of the region by focusing on key community issues including weight control, aging population, chronic disease, and youth inactivity. The YMCA of Greater Rochester initiative to construct a Regional Campus for Healthy Living grows from the Y's cause-centric desire to create a new approach to building healthy communities.
For over 95 years, Camp Cory has offered children and families a place to grow, bond, and create memories that last a lifetime. For the first time in Camp Cory's long history its footprint has expanded with the recent acquisition of property adjacent to the Camp. A Centennial Master Plan has been created to provide opportunities to grow programs and serve more overnight and day campers than ever before. Improvements to existing structures, including the dining hall, infirmary, and more, will enhance functionality to accommodate more program participants. On the new acreage, a new Leadership Village, barn, pavilion, and activity fields will be constructed to enhance the camp experience for overnight and day campers as well as families and community groups. Within this nurturing environment campers achieve new skills, experience a greater sense of independence, and build lasting friendships with people from diverse backgrounds
The Strengthening Communities Campaign is about impact investing from the community philanthropists and organizations to enable the Y to increase the capacity of our social economy for years to come.
As the Y has evolved so has the rest of Rochester. Businesses have come and gone and many have changed, but one staple that has always been is the Democrat and Chronicle. The newspaper, now branded as D&C Digital, has long been a generous philanthropic partner with the YMCA of Greater Rochester. And the D&C team continues that tradition today, as the generous sponsor of the Y's programming including Safety Around Water Week in April
"Going back to the 1940s, there was a partnership between Gannett and the YMCA to teach vital lifesaving skills to their newspaper carriers, which was important since we live in a community with so many bodies of water," said George Romell, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester. "Now turn the dial forward 75 years, and here is Gannett supporting our aquatic safety initiatives. We've come full circle - we helped train their newspaper boys and now they are helping us ensure the children of our community can all learn to swim."
Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14. Statistically the percentage of children who cannot swim is highest in city-based, low-income households; as high as 70 percent. The YMCA is helping to lower these staggering numbers by nationally and locally teaching more people to swim than any other organization.
D&C Digital is also a key marketing sponsor for other YMCA programs throughout the year, including its membership campaigns and summer camp promotions. "Both organizations have been here a really long time, kind of like fixtures in the community, and we have had a long and deep partnership," said Dan Norselli, Democrat and Chronicle and D&C Digital. "Through the years we each have adapted to serve a more diverse audience and changing times, while together embracing the community and social responsibility." The YMCA of Greater Rochester is proud to recognize D&C Digital Company as this year's Collaboration Award honoree.
|OPERATING REVENUE & SUPPORT||2016 (unaudited)||Percent of Total|
|Annual Campaign and Other Contributions||$ 2,692,077||5.9 %|
|Investment Income Allocated for Operations||660,079||1.5|
|TOTAL REVENUE||$ 45,472,024||100 %|
|OPERATING EXPENSES||2016 (unaudited)||Percent of Total|
|Personnel||$ 26,616,639||58.8 %|
|General & Administrative Expenses||2,235,761||4.9|
|Facilities and Occupancy||9,505,791||21|
|TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES||$ 45,297,398||100 %|
|Net Assets||2016 (unaudited)||Percent of Total|
|Change in Net Assets from Operations||$ 174,626|
|Total Assets||$ 78,568,553|
|Total Liabilities||$ 35,245,166|
|Total Fund Balance||$ 43,323,387|
|FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTED||Dollars Granted||Individuals Served*||Percent of Total|
|Membership||$ 1,710,531||9,303||52.4 %|
|Day Camp||360,542||4,298||11.0 %|
|Before and AfterSchool and Childcare||394,505||2,155||12 %|
|Overnight Camping||192,142||641||5.9 %|
|Child Care||446,444||175||13.7 %|
|TOTAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTED||$ 3,263,552||17,419||100%|
* Duplicated Count: Some individuals participate in/receive assistance for more than one program.
|CORE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION*||Individuals Served|
|Active Older Adults||16,520|
|Arts and Humanities||2,291|
|Before and AfterSchool and Child Care||23,963|
|Health and Fitness||8,672|
|Teen Leadership and Activities||1,293|
|Youth and Sports||9,303|
|CORE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION||107,224|
*Duplicated Count: Some individuals particiapte in/receive assistance for more than one program.
|BRANCH MEMBERSHIP *||BRANCH TOTAL|
|Bay View Family YMCA||10,090|
|Carlson Metrocenter YMCA||5,719|
|Corning Community YMCA||5,816|
|Eastside Family YMCA||23,017|
|Maplewood Family YMCA||3,555|
|Monroe Family YMCA||2,077|
|Northwest Family YMCA||12,219|
|Southeast Family YMCA||11,643|
|Southwest Family YMCA||791|
|Victor Active Family Center||918|
|Westside Family YMCA||14,815|
|BRANCH MEMBERSHIP TOTAL||90,660|
* Unduplicated Results
+ = Charter Members
Annual campaign gifts of $5,000 and greater made over a three-year period.
Annual campaign gifts of $1,000 and greater made during the 2016-2017 fiscal year
Recognizing our generous donors who have included the YMCA of Greater Rochester in their estate plans
+ = Deceased
While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our donor recognition lists, we apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us at 585-341-3044 if we have made an error in your acknowledgement so that we can correct our records for future listings..
In addition to the incredible generosity of the Annual Campaign donors listed above, donors listed here have made capital commitments during the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year in support of the new Regional Campus for Healthy Living, Camp Cory Centennial Plan and Urban projects; grants in support of YMCA programming; and gifts to the YMCA of Greater Rochester endowment
While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our donor recognition lists, we apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us at 585-341-3044 if we have made an error in your acknowledgement so that we can correct our records for future listings.