Here are a few commonly asked questions many donors may have when considering making a gift to the Y:
Q: Why should I contribute to the Y?
A: The Y in Central Maryland is a volunteer-led, charitable organization that works collaboratively with community partners to strengthen individuals and families through quality programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y serves people of all backgrounds, ages, capabilities, and income levels, providing financial assistance to those in need.
Q: Doesn’t my membership support the Y’s philanthropic efforts?
A: No. Membership fees only cover operational expenses.
Q: Can I direct my gift to stay in my community?
A: Yes! Donors may direct their gift to support Y activities in the city or counties we serve; to Y membership assistance; to specific Y programs (such as preschool or camp), or wherever the need is greatest.
Q: How will my contribution be used?
A: Donor contributions provide financial assistance and program support enabling children, individuals and families to participate in Y life who otherwise couldn’t afford to do so. Our goal is to provide Y experiences to all those seeking one, regardless of their ability to pay.
Q: Who provides funding to the Y?
A: Our charitable funding is generated from individual and corporate donors, foundations and grants, and the United Way of Central Maryland.
Q: What other fundraising does the Y do?
A: The expansion and/or building of local Y’s is accomplished through various Y capital campaigns. These campaigns typically involve naming opportunities. For more information on capital campaigns, click here .