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Who We Are

We are an organization like no other. The YMCA is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by empowering young people, improving the health and well-being of people of all ages and inspiring action in and across communities.


Who We Are

Our Purpose Defines Us

We strengthen communities by connecting people to their potential, purpose and each other. In 10,000 communities across the country, we have the presence and partnerships not only to promise but to deliver positive change.


Our Mission and Our Values

The Y is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

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Our Vision

We envision a future in which all people achieve health, gain confidence, make connections and feel secure at every stage of life. The Y’s Commitment to America is developing new generations of changemakers who will create the communities we all want to live in.

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Strong Communities

Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. From early learning to job training, the Y offers programs and services that support people at every stage of life to strengthen communities across the U.S.

Our Reach

Inspiring Change Around the World

Founded in London in 1844, the Y has grown into one of the largest organizations focused on strengthening communities in the U.S. and around the world, serving more than 64 million people in 120 countries.

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    Our U.S. Reach

    As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and long-lasting — from driving positive social change across the country, to the individual support we provide people of all ages.

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    Our Global Reach

    Across the globe, Ys respond to community needs with programs and services that support people to reach their full potential. Our global perspective enables us to engage with and serve diverse communities around the world more effectively.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By All, For All

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

Our Impact

Commitment to Community Change

Today and every day, we drive change and strive to make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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    Financial Transparency

    When you support the Y, you help give young people a chance at a better future, inspire healthy lifestyles and build vibrant communities right where you live.

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    The Y Pandemic Response

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity rates have risen across the country. To help address these needs, the Y and the Walmart Foundation have partnered together to help provide food to children who need it most.

Our History

Founded in 1844, the Y has grown into the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive.

Our People

Committed to Our Mission

Members, staff and volunteers of the Y include people of all ages and from all walks of life.

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    Executive Leadership

    YMCA of the USA is led by a diverse and experienced group of professionals. From career-long Y professionals to leaders with valuable perspectives from other organizations, all are deeply committed to advancing the Y’s mission.

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    National Board of Directors

    Comprised of leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences, members of the National Board of Directors are dedicated to propelling the Y's mission forward.

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    Partners & Donors

    It is with deep gratitude that we recognize our donors for their continued dedication and support of the Y's mission, programs and services across the U.S. and around the world.

Find Your Y

Search for your nearest Y and visit their website for more information about programs, membership and charitable support.