SAVE THE Y Movement
Since 1854, the YMCA has been a fixture in the Lancaster community; and in its history, has survived many trying times and challenging events. In fulfilling our community needs over the past few years, we incurred a level of debt that was greater than what we determined was sustainable over the long term. As a result, we began making some strategic structural changes, as well as beginning an aggressive plan of debt restructuring in late 2018. We were in the midst of executing that plan which we believed would both continue our high level of service to the Lancaster community and assure our long-term sustainability. COVID-19 forcing us to halt nearly all operations, however, has delivered a devastating hit to those plans.
Now is a time unlike any before and the Lancaster Family YMCA (LFY) is faced with a new reality that requires an unprecedented ask and the need for immediate community support.
We don’t believe this should be the end of the road for LFY, especially with so many people still in need of all the Y offers. Without additional immediate financial support to reduce the debt, however, we are out of options. COVID-19 has taken so much from all of us, and now, it is about to take a vital resource from the Lancaster community when we believe it is needed most. Please don’t let COVID-19 take the Y from this community. It has been our honor to serve the people of Lancaster for 166 years. Our deepest wish is that the Lancaster Family YMCA will be here to support you for another 166+ years.
We need your help.
Please consider making a donation to SAVE THE Y.
If you’re able to help reduce our debt, we urge you to contact us at 717-393-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can save Lancaster’s YMCA.
You can also give to the Lancaster Family YMCA by sending a check payable to Lancaster Family YMCA to:
Lancaster Family YMCA
265 Harrisburg Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
Our Community Impact Report
In 2019, the Lancaster Family YMCA provided more than $1,000,000 in direct financial assistance and subsidized services to the community for participation in Y membership and programs.
Learn more about our mission impact in our 2019 Community Impact Report
Other Giving Opportunities
The Extraordinary Give
The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s largest 24-hour online giving event, raising more than $10 million dollars last year in support of community nonprofits. The 2019 Extraordinary Give will take place on November 22 from 12am to 11:59:59pm.
The Lancaster Family YMCA will be participating in the Extraordinary Give again this year, and with your support, we can continue offering the programs and services that help everyone reach their full potential.
Named Gift Opportunities
Are you passionate about the Y’s mission? A Named Gift to the Lancaster Family YMCA provides the opportunity for you to be a prime mover of that mission and will create a lasting impact in the community. We have opportunities for Named Gifts available at our branches and Camp Shand beginning at $10,000. up to $1,000,000. Please contact the Vice President of Mission Advancement, Patti Campbell, 610-643-9622, ext. 2153 with any interest in this opportunity.
Educational Improvement Tax Credits Program (EITC)
EITC Tax credits are available to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Tax credits reduce your actual tax bill, dollar-for-dollar and are utilized AFTER your tax liability is established. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.
The Lancaster Family YMCA Early Learning Academy is a Pre-K Kindergarten Scholarship Organization that is an approved EITC eligible organization. Funds received from the EITC program will greatly assist us in meeting the need for quality early learning programs and ensuring that no child is turned away due to inability to pay. Learn more or please contact the Vice President of Mission Advancement, Patti Campbell, 610-643-9622, ext. 2153.
Gifts in Honor or Memory
Making a donation to the Lancaster Family YMCA is a meaningful way to honor or remember someone dear to you, or who has a special connection with the Y. We will send a notification on your behalf to your honoree or designated recipient to share the news of your thoughtful gift. For more information on supporting the Lancaster Family YMCA, please contact the Vice President of Mission Advancement, Patti Campbell, 610-643-9622, ext. 2153.
Thank You Donors – 2019 Donor List
We are deeply grateful for the financial and in-kind support of the individuals and organizations that gave to the Lancaster Family YMCA in 2018. Nonprofit, charitable organizations like the Y rely on community support to continue to offer our services and change lives.
Click here to view our 2019 Donor List