Human Services

YMCA of Dane County, Inc.

For Youth Development, Healthy Living & Social Responsibility

aka YMCA   |   Madison, WI   |  www.ymcadane.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1945

President/CEO

Mark Westover

Main address

711 Cottage Grove Road

Madison, WI 53716 USA

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EIN

39-0806253

Cause area (NTEE code) info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dane County faces many challenges ... access to affordable child care, racial and educational achievement gaps, hunger, lack of affordable housing, increasing incidence of chronic disease and senior isolation. At the Y, through partnership and our own programs, we're making an impact on these important community issues. We believe that transformative change is possible when we work together.

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?

Community Commitment

The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it's about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The generosity of others is at the core of the Y's existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage. We make sure that every child, family and individual has what they need to achieve their best.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth participating in Friday Nights at the Y.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years),At-risk youth

Related Program

Youth Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program was created in partnership with the Madison Police and Fire Departments to keep teens safe, provide fun, healthy activities and strengthen community by building valuable relationships.

Number free summer memberships provided through Friday Nights at the Y.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years),At-risk youth

Related Program

Social Responsibility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program was created in partnership with the Madison Police and Fire Departments to keep teens safe, provide fun, healthy activities and strengthen community by building valuable relationships.

Number of children in the Y's licensed child care programs (preschool & 4K; out-of-school-time; and summer camp).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Youth Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Y takes care of more kids than anyone in our community.

Number of swimming lessons taught.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Healthy Living

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In a community virtually surrounded by water, learning to swim is not just a recreational activity but a potentially life-saving skill.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our vision is to see that all children in Dane County are supported and prepared to maximize their educational opportunities and have access to safe and caring out-of-school activities. We want to help children and teens realize their full potential by nurturing their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.<br/><br/>We want to reduce the obesity rate in adolescents, which has tripled over the last 20 years and continues to increase due to lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits.<br/><br/>We want the Y to be here for people of all ages and abilities, and we want to support all people seeking a healthier lifestyle and greater well-being because we make the healthy choice the easy, accessible and affordable choice.<br/><br/>We want to fill the gaps where society falls short because we believe every person and every community deserves the chance to thrive. We are devoted to engaging and connecting all segments of our community, particularly those in under-served and isolated neighborhoods. We want to nurture teens, especially those in-need or at-risk, so that there's a healthy, productive place with positive role models that's open and accessible to all.<br/><br/>We want to maintain the Y as a leader in diversity and inclusion practices.<br/><br/>We want to help people prevent or manage chronic conditions and have a portfolio of seven evidence-based programs to help them do so.<br/><br/>Want want to work with other organizations to increase food security and access to affordable housing for area families.<br/><br/>We want to eliminate child care issues for Dane County workers. Our vision is enabling all primary caregivers to work and build successful careers, knowing that they can count on the Y to help develop and care for their children.<br/><br/>We want the Y Adaptive Program to serve children and adults from around Dane County with intellectual disabilities or other special needs.

Our preschool and 4K programs are designed to equip kids with the learning and social tools necessary to be prepared for Kindergarten, and our out-of-school-time programs provide a safe place for kids with healthy activities, role models and mentors so working parents can feel confident that their children are cared for, get homework help and are physically active. Our summer camps help kids “Hop the Gap" while they enjoy the outdoors, build and strengthen friendships and prevent summer learning loss. Our partnership with Food Fight Restaurant Group through the Y5210 Program simplifies healthy eating, physical activity and screen-time habits for kids. In partnership with the City of Madison Police and Fire Departments, we created Friday Nights at the Y to engage teens in need and help diffuse racial tensions in our community. We provide a place for all to gather and be part of a shared community, because social interaction and connectedness for seniors is linked to healthier minds and bodies. Our Healthy Aging programs keep participants active, build fitness levels and enable members to stay in their homes longer. Along with Y's across the country, we are implementing evidence-based programs to help people prevent diabetes; recover after surviving cancer; and effectively manage Parkinson's disease. We partner with an area food bank to screen our program participants for food security concerns and refer them to the right resources. We partner with Habitat for Humanity to connect staff and members to their services. We partner with The Salvation Army to send homeless kids to Y Summer Camp at no cost.

The Y is the largest provider of licensed child care in Dane County. A set of kids' meals reflecting YMCA-adopted guidelines was developed for the Y5210 program. The meals highlight fruit and veggie options, contain whole grains, offer water or low-fat milk, are not fried and contain less than eight grams of sugar. Friday Nights at the Y served 350 teens and provided 115 summer memberships for teens that needed them most (participants in the free and reduced-price school lunch program). As the county's largest non-profit human service employer, we have 600 employees, and more than half are under the age of 28. They're learning professions and growing careers using the Y's core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring and are trained in working with and caring for individuals of all backgrounds, ages and intellectual abilities. We developed and cultivate partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army and many others.

Our top priority is growing our membership to increase our reach and share the Y values with more in our shared community.<br/><br/>Our vision is to see that all children in Dane County are supported and prepared to maximize their educational opportunities and have access to safe and caring out-of-school activities.<br/><br/>Our vision is that all first graders in Dane County will learn to swim.<br/><br/>We want to increase participation and free summer memberships for those in need through the Friday Nights at the Y program.<br/><br/>Continuing to grow participation in available chronic illness management programs.<br/><br/>Progress is an even more diverse organization that consistently promotes employees from within as they grown in ability and experience in their roles.

Our Licensed Early Childhood Education (preschool & 4K), Licensed School Age Child Care (Out-of-School-Time) and Licensed Summer Day Camps all continue to grow. In 2019, many programs were filled to capacity and wait-lists were maintained throughout the year. The Dane County Y Adaptive Program served over 200 participants aged 8 and above in 2015. 50 participants became Special Olympics athletes in bowling, basketball (both teams and skills), track and bocce ball, and 30 participants were a part of our Community Activities Program. Programs like Pickleball, Wallyball and others encourage healthy activity and socialization for seniors. Pickleball is especially popular with courts filled at all branches when this free, member drop-in program is available. Friday Nights at the Y recently completed its fifth summer and was expanded to include a meal each Friday night, the only one of the day for some participants. In a community virtually surrounded by water, we teach more than 6,000 swim lessons every year, with nearly 20% qualifying for financial assistance. We continue to connect families with food security resources through our partnership with Second Harvest, and all families moving into new Habitat for Humanity homes receive complimentary three-month YMCA memberships.

Financials

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Operations

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

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YMCA of Dane County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Todd Fortune

Merrill Lynch

Term: 2017 - 2020

Rick Weiland

UW-Madison College of Engineering Adjunct Faculty (retired)

Wesley Sparkman

Dane County Office of Equity & Inclusion

Alison Prange

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Todd Fortune

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Board leadership practices

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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

Keywords

youth, families, christian, YMCA, healthy, social services