A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

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When you give to the Y, you make a meaningful difference in your community.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, strengthening communities is our cause. At the Y, we believe that lasting personal and social change happens when we all work together. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Your support to our annual campaign helps the Y deliver on our commitment:

  • To nurture the potential of youth through building confidence at camp, academic enrichment in safe after-school programs, or foundational skills and values in our child care programs
  • To improve the community’s health and well-being through combating obesity and chronic disease by providing the support and resources people need to make positive change
  • To give back and support our neighbors by empowering people with the resources to improve their lives and connect and contribute to the community
  • To offer programs and services to children, adults and families who need financial assistance

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The Y. So Much More 

Throughout Ventura and its surrounding communities, countless people know about the Ventura Family YMCA. But, there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. From exercise to education, from aerobics to advocacy, from fitness to financial assistance, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our communities. The Y is so much more than a gym. It’s a cause, dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For 126 years, we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. Yet we’re called to do so much more. Every day, our local communities face new challenges which creates a greater need for the work that we do. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, and staff to make a difference. But we need your philanthropic support to seize these opportunities. TOGETHER, WE CAN ACHIEVE SO MUCH MORE!

$5,000 provides program subsidy so that all children can participate

$2,500 supports youth, families and seniors in need with healthy living opportunities

$1,000 teaches a teen social responsibility through Y leadership programs $750 helps a child learn, grow and thrive through a week at Y resident camp

$500 improves a child’s health through youth fitness, sports or swim programs $360 nurtures the potential of a child or teen with a Y membership

$250 provides an opportunity for a child to attend two weeks of day camp

$50 allows a child to learn to swim and promotes water safety All gifts, both large and small are welcomed.

Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by IRS law. Pledges can be paid anytime prior to December 31, 2013 as a one-time gift or in multiple payments. Please let us know if your company matches employee donations to nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA.




Heritage Club – Planned Giving

YMCA’s Heritage Club is a special group of individuals who have chosen to remember the YMCA with a planned gift through their estate or by making an outright gift to the YMCA’s endowment.

If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Club and how you can help preserve the YMCA for future click Here to download the Heritage Club Brochure

So what is the Heritage Club?

The Channel Islands YMCA Heritage Club was established in 1980. It is comprised of individuals and families who believe strongly in the mission of the YMCA and who desire to preserve the Y’s good work through a direct gift or planned gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund ensuring the Y for future generations. Their generosity has aided in the creation of a $2.9 million endowment fund that helps give the YMCA the financial stability it needs to make a difference in our community. Gifts to the Endowment Fund may be made on behalf of the Channel Islands YMCA, one or more branches, or to support a specific program. Common methods of making such a gift are through:

  • Provision in one’s will or revocable trust
  • Life insurance plan beneficiary designation  
  • Retirement plan beneficiary designation
  • Life estate gift (remainder interest in real property)

There are many benefits to becoming a Heritage Club Member. Depending on your specific arrangement, a planned gift can benefit not only you and your family but also the YMCA through income tax savings, avoiding capital-gains tax, creating income for life, eliminating federal estate tax or reducing estate settlement costs. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the official website by clicking here.

Ways to Make a Gift
The YMCA accepts gifts with credit cards, checks, bank drafts, stock, and planned gifts. 

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The YMCA is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Good Stewardship
The YMCA is committed to the highest ethical standards of a public charity. The YMCA is governed by and accountable to an independent board of directors of community leaders and volunteers.

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