Partner with the Y

Strengthening Communities Together

Everything we do is grounded in meeting the unique needs of communities – and we can't do it alone. When you partner with the YMCA, we expand our impact to ensure all people and communities can thrive.

Partner with the Y

Why Partner with the Y

We are committed to strategic engagement with partners and donors who share our commitment to empowering young leaders and advancing equity for all while ensuring that Ys have the resources they need to engage their communities effectively toward these goals.

Why Partner with the Y

  • Reputation

    The Y is one of the most respected and well-known organizations in the U.S.

  • Longevity

    For more than 170 years, the Y has been the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community in the U.S.

  • Purpose

    By welcoming people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y ensures everyone has access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

  • Reach

    The Y's presence in 10,000 communities nationwide ensures we're able to make a real impact at the local level.

  • Flexibility

    The Y works with partners to determine how their philanthropic interests can create the greatest impact – whether at the national, regional or local level.

  • Breadth of Impact

    Each year, millions of people of all ages and backgrounds engage with their local Y for everything from child care and job training to fitness and water safety.

Eggland's Best

Partner Spotlight


Eggland’s Best, the national breakfast food sponsor for Healthy Kids Day 2023, has teamed up with the YMCA to promote healthy eating during both National Nutrition Month and Healthy Kids Day. The largest event of its kind in the nation, Healthy Kids Day 2023 will be held in hundreds of communities across the country, teaching kids and their caregivers about how to stay active and healthy all summer.  

Partner Stories

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  • Gatorade and the Y

    Research shows that playing sports can have lasting social, emotional and physical benefits, but youth participation is on the decline. A partnership between Gatorade and the Y will provide local youth sports clinics, increased scholarships for youth sports and expanded outreach to make an even greater impact in the communities the Y serves.

    Watch as Candace Parker — two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP and Gatorade athlete — attends a youth sports clinic at South Side YMCA in Chicago, providing instruction for youth participants and helping to spotlight the pivotal role the Y plays in helping young athletes unlock their potential.

  • Walmart Foundation and the Y

    Millions of kids and teens in the U.S. face food insecurity, and they are even more at risk of hunger during out-of-school time. Since 2011, the Y and the Walmart Foundation have partnered to provide access to healthy meals and snacks in afterschool and summer programs. This partnership increased the capacity of hundreds of Ys across the country to become the link between food distribution systems and kids who experience hunger, putting food in the hands of those who need it most.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic increased hunger rates, the partnership allowed Ys to expand anti-hunger efforts significantly to distribute food to families and seniors as well. The Walmart Foundation and the Y have changed the landscape of hunger relief efforts in the U.S. by adding thousands of access points to connect those who experience hunger with the food and support they need to thrive.

Procter & Gamble

Girls who play sports are 14% more likely to say they are “smart enough” for their dream career, so Procter & Gamble and the Y have partnered to stem the tide of young women leaving the sports field. Procter & Gamble is funding equitable opportunities through the mentorship, competition and physical activity that fosters confidence, teamwork and health both on and off the field. Together, we are providing opportunity and access for those who face the greatest barriers so they can play sports and learn valuable life skills that will impact their lives far beyond the field.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

At the Y, we are proudly “for all.” For more than a decade, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Y have worked together to ensure everyone may have a fair and just opportunity to reach their full potential. Toward this goal, RWJF and the Y have partnered on several national initiatives focused on advancing equity. We’ve addressed policies and practices from the local to national level related to child care, healthcare, healthy eating and physical activity. This partnership has strengthened the Y’s capacity to create positive change in communities nationwide as we work together to build a national Culture of Health that places health, well-being and equity at the center of every aspect of life.

Our Partners Strengthen Our Impact

We are grateful to the generous partners that support our mission and help us strengthen communities. Together, we're able to increase access and involvement so more people can discover their potential and thrive in the following areas.

  • Youth Development

    Help us fulfill our commitment to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Our breadth of programming ranges from early education and play to leadership and sports, creating a unique developmental journey for all of our young people.

  • Healthy Living

    Our partners help us improve community and individual well-being for all. From fitness classes and personal training to sports and swimming lessons, the Y offers the latest and greatest programs and activities to ensure people of all ages and abilities enjoy their personal journey to greater health and well-being.

  • Social Responsibility

    The Y believes in providing opportunities that inspire action in our communities and support that extends to everyone. Join us as we welcome and connect people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives, providing opportunities that inspire individual growth and ignite community involvement.

  • Food Programs

    All kids deserve access to healthy and nutritious foods. Our food programs seek to address growing hunger and food insecurity. Together, we can ensure that children and families are fed.

  • Responding to Urgent Needs

    The Y responds to community needs every day. When a crisis or disaster occurs in a community that the Y serves, we are there to provide resources and relief, often supported through our invaluable partnerships.

  • Our Equity Commitments

    The Y is made up of people of all ages, from all walks of life, working side-by-side to strengthen communities. Together, we strive to ensure that everyone — regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation — has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

Ways to Partner with the Y

Everything we do is grounded in meeting the unique needs of the communities we serve – and we can't do it alone. We place immense value on the collaborations and partnerships we forge to ensure all people and communities thrive. The Y works with partners in the areas below:

  • Corporate & Foundation Giving
  • Cause Marketing
  • Employee Engagement
  • Event Sponsorship
  • Disaster Response

How to Partner with the Y

We seek partners with like-minded values and goals to ensure people and communities reach their full potential and thrive. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can work together to make a real and lasting impact at the local, regional or national level.

CONTACT US To start the conversation, please contact us at [email protected].

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When you support the Y, you help kids develop into thriving adults, foster health and well-being for neighbors and grow vibrant communities right where you live.