Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Grand Rapids

The Y. For a Better Us.

aka YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids YMCA, Greater Grand Rapids YMCA, and YMCA of Grand Rapids   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  http://www.grymca.org/

Mission

Guided by our Christian principles, we strengthen the spirit, mind and body of all individuals.

Ruling year info

1942

President/CEO

Mr. Scott Lewis

Main address

475 Lake Michigan Drive NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504 USA

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EIN

38-1358058

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The YMCA's greatest impact is within youth development. We acknowledge that family is essential to the overall health, well-being, growth and success of every child. We believe focusing on youth leads to the long-term health of our families and communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Childcare

The YMCA provides traditional daycare (infant thru school-age), after school enrichment programs, and day camp activities. The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Y programs address weight, proper nutrition, and physical activity through a combination of education, policy change, systems change, and environmental change that result in increased access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, and access to programs focused on weight loss and chronic disease prevention. The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Health and wellness programs such as group exercise, personal fitness, CPR/First Aid, health screenings, lifestyle appraisals, lifeguard training, adult swim lessons, and water activities. The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Competitive swimming, sports, skateboarding, youth sports programs, swim lessons, day/resident camp, family camp, specialty camps, family time, adult sports teams, running/walking clubs, wall climbing, active aging programs, adventure guides, family fitness/wellness programs, and parent/child dance. The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2020

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation 2014

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation 2014

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014

Better Business Bureau 2020

Awards

Families Count - Healthy U Program Excellence Award Winner 2008

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Families Count - Latinos for a Healthy Life Excellence Award Winner 2011

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2014

American Camp Association - Member 2014

Better Business Bureau 2020

Chamber of Commerce 2014

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2014

United Way Member Agency 2014

World Affairs Councils of America - Member 2014

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2014

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. SUCCESSFUL YOUTH- Offer opportunities to engage and prepare youth to become thriving adults.

2. HEALTHY YOUTH - Foster healthy lifestyles, prevention and health maintenance.

3. CONNECTED YOUTH - Strengthen our community by supporting and encouraging greater social connectedness, civic involvement and philanthropy.

STRATEGIC PLAN
1. SUSTAINABILITY - Ensure diverse financial support to achieve sustainability.

2. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT - have highly engaged staff and volunteers.

3. EXPERIENCE - Provide engaging experiences to help individuals meet their goals.

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because in neighborhoods across our country, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.

The Y has been community centered for over 152 years. We've been listening and responding to the needs of our communities. We have 6 branches that help more than 125,000 members and program participants lead healthier lives.

The Y brings people together. The Y partners with schools, health care organizations, community centers, and churches to ensure healthy choices are accessible and affordable for everyone in our community. These innovative outreach programs work to eliminate barriers to good health for those most vulnerable and provide tools and supports to ensure success.

The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to thrive. Every gift to the Y is an investment in the health of your community. In fact, 1 in 4 of those we serve receive some level of financial support.

The impact is felt every day. Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to succeed. The Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves our community's health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together.

The 2020 Strategic Plan will officially launch on 1/1/2019 and therefore no notable progress can be reported at this time.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve community members seeking improved health and wellness, childcare, teen leadership programming, healthy out of school time, drowning prevention, and more.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Grand Rapids

Board of directors
as of 3/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Staci Behler

Meijer Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2018

Stacie Behler

Meijer, Inc.

John Butzer

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Kathy Crosby

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

Charles Frayer

Retired, Crowe Horwath LLP

Lynne Ferrell

Frey Foundation

Jeff Lambert

Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Christina Freese Decker

Spectrum Health

Gregory Rhodes

Right Management

Carol Valade

C. Valade Consulting LLC

Peter Varga

The Rapid

Sean Welsh

The PNC Financial Services Group

Michael Wooldridge

Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

Jacqueline Taylor

Pondera Advisors

Dr. Jesse Bernal

Grand Valley State University

Tasha Blackmon

Cherry Health

Harold Burrell Jr.

Lighthouse Group

Linsey Gleason

Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

Nolan Gottschalk

Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Peter Hahn

Metro Health

Rachel Mraz

Merrill Lynch

Curt Mulder

Wolverine Building Group

Angela Nelson

Experience Grand Rapids

Mark Richter

First United Credit Union

Carlos Sanchez

Ferris State University

Michael Verhulst

Rockford Construction

Curt Weaver

Grand River Gastroenterology

Nate Koetje

Feyen Zylstra

Curt Meyer

Health Integration Partners

Jason Sorokin

Baker Holtz

Melissa Seguin

Baker Holtz

Lisa Boyd

Community West Credit Union

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/04/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.