Every dollar donated to the Y allows us to carry out our mission and better serve the children, families and communities of Indiana County. Your contributions help us develop innovative community outreach programs and provide financial assistance to those who cannot otherwise afford a Y experience and more.
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 of Indiana County is a volunteer-led, charitable organization that works collaboratively with community partners to improve the lives of children, adults, families, and the entire community. Our purpose is to strengthen and enrich the development of 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 paid to the Y allow us to operate and maintain our center, pay our staff, etc. These fees do not aid us in our efforts to provide Y experiences to those who otherwise cannot afford them.
Q: Can I direct my gift to a specific program or area?
A: Yes! Donors wishing to do so may donor designate their gift or they can chose to “donate wherever the need is greatest.” Donors may also specify a particular program if they wish.
Q: How will my contribution be used?
A: One hundred percent of donor contributions go to providing financial assistance for children, individuals and families in need who otherwise couldn't afford our programs and services. Our goal is to provide Y experiences to all those seeking one, regardless of their ability to pay. We subsidize a wide range of programs and services that impact communities and community members throughout Indiana County. The majority of the contributions we receive are used to provide scholarships for young people to participate in our summer camp and mentoring programs.
Q: Who provides funding to the Y?
A: Our funding is generated from individual and corporate donors, foundations and grants, and the United Way of Indiana County.
Q: What other fundraising does the Y do?
A: The expansion and/or improvement of your Y is accomplished through various Y capital development campaigns. These campaigns typically involve naming opportunities for various areas in our Y center. These types of campaigns are separate and independent of our Annual Support Campaign.