Human Services

YMCA Buffalo Niagara

aka YMCA Buffalo Niagara

Buffalo, NY

Mission

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. YMCA Buffalo Niagara has been providing a positive impact on communities in Western New York since 1852.

Ruling Year

1954

President & CEO

Dr. John T Ehrbar

Main Address

301 Cayuga Rd Suite 100

Buffalo, NY 14225 USA

Keywords

youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, community, education, human services, inclusion

EIN

16-0743231

 Number

3114928297

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

YMCA Programs & Services

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Volunteers believe deeply in the YMCA mission, leading them to serve on board/committees, coach youth sports, assist in child care programs, and implement community service projects.

Total dollar amount of scholarships to families for YMCA programs and services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

YMCA Buffalo Niagara provides financial assistance to ensure that no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay for child care, membership (wellness, family activities), and camp programs.

Number of families awarded a scholarship to participate in YMCA programs and services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

At the Y, we believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. We measure success by how well we engage communities in our three areas of impact: Youth Development – empowering young people to reach their full potential Healthy Living – improving individual and community well-being Social Responsibility – providing support and inspiring action in our communities

YMCA Buffalo Niagara's Board of Directors and senior staff have identified five key strategic priorities to begin work on in 2019: • Youth Development - engage and inspire more youth, tweens, and teens through a diverse array of innovative and impactful experiences; • Healthy Living - improve community health and well-being by serving and engaging more people; • Social Responsibility - increase access to YMCA programs and services; • Growth & Long Term Viability - position the Y to grow and serve more people; • Organizational Capacity - improve organizational capacity through the development of cause driven leaders and the use of technology.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara was founded in 1852 and has a long history of meeting and adapting to community needs. Today, YMCA Buffalo Niagara employs 125 full-time staff and more than 900 part-time staff to deliver programs and services. In addition, YMCA Buffalo Niagara has the capacity to meet its strategic goals due to strong: • Leadership: The Y’s Board of Directors and Board of Trustees bring diverse expertise and resources to help develop, implement, and monitor the strategic plan. • Financial Development: YMCA Buffalo Niagara receives grant funding and conducts an annual campaign to raise funds to fulfill its charitable mission. The Board of Directors is very active in securing funding to ensure sustainability. • Fiscal Management: The Y has a history of being good stewards of financial resources, meeting or exceeding budget forecasts each year.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara determines success by the positive impact delivered to the community and how the strategic priorities are achieved. Y programs and services are regularly measured to determine quality and impact. We monitor our programs through parent and participant surveys, progressive swim tests, health outcomes, literacy testing, and other feedback systems. On a quarterly basis, our Board of Directors reviews a progress report on our strategic priorities. The report indicates progress towards success criteria, ensuring that the organization stays focused on meeting the goals outlined in its strategic plan.

Founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is the second-oldest YMCA in the United States and one of the oldest institutions in Western New York. As a charitable not-for-profit health and human services organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara helps bring much needed services to the Western New York community. We do not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay—each year, thousands of people in Western New York benefit from financial assistance from the YMCA. More than 2,800 children and families annually benefit from our annual campaign, providing over $1.4 million in financial aid for people who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as child care, summer camp, or to purchase a membership. YMCA Buffalo Niagara provides safe activities with academic enrichment for over 3,000 children daily during the school year and 2,000 during the summer. These youth development programs are curriculum-based and help students find a sense of belonging, build healthy relationships, and achieve new skills. One of YMCA Buffalo Niagara's upcoming priorities is to develop a new facility to provide more membership and program access to the North Buffalo community. Additionally, the Y is currently developing new partnerships and collaborations to deliver more programs in under-served communities in Erie and Niagara counties.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

External Reviews

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2019

Leadership

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Race & Ethnicity

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Gender Identity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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