What is the Y itself financially contributing to this campaign?
YMCA Calgary is contributing leadership, expertise and fundraising capacity to this campaign. We have also committed significant staff time and appropriate resources to this campaign so our volunteers can be successful.
How will my donation be used?
$23 million will go to Capital Funding
$4 million will go to Camp Funding
$3 million will go to Community Funding
How much of the $30 million will be raised from individuals and how much will come from corporations?
Our campaign is about raising funds for an outstanding community project for the benefit of Calgarians. In Canada, approximately 80-90% of all philanthropic giving is made by individuals. While every campaign is different, we anticipate and are seeking a mix of support from both individuals and associations, foundations and corporations who value the work we do.
What is going to happen to the Crowfoot YMCA when the Rocky Ridge YMCA opens? Is there a plan to shut it down? If so, when does that occur?
YMCA Calgary has no plans to shut down Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot. Research conducted by the City of Calgary and YMCA Calgary shows there is enough population in the area to keep both facilities operating and viable.
What happens if you can’t raise the $30 million? Is the YMCA able to get by on a lesser amount, or will it use debt to get to the $30 million?
The YMCA is currently in a strong, debt-free financial position. If we don’t reach our fundraising target, we would consider some form of bridge financing at a competitive rate for a fixed period of time. The City of Calgary is a strong partner and further conversations would also be held on the timing of required reserves.
We have and continue to approach our campaign in a responsible, professional and ethical manner using industry standard fundraising practices. We firmly believe that we can raise the money, that the money is out there, that we have the right team to do the work, and that we will be successful.
Why is the southwest the only quadrant of Calgary not to receive a new YMCA?
The Recreation Needs Assessment conducted by the City of Calgary did not indicate any additional facilities were necessary in the SW quadrant. These areas are currently well served by other operators, including Westside Recreation Centre, a regional recreation facility and Southland Leisure Centre. In our strategic and capital planning, it was determined that a YMCA in this part of the city would not currently have sufficient support to warrant a full-scale YMCA operation. However, YMCA Calgary does operate a number of community programs in SW Calgary locations.
We are big supporters of the United Way - doesn’t the YMCA already get a lot of money from it?
YMCA Calgary receives over $800,000 per year in funding from the United Way for particular programs, including School Support, Aboriginal programs, and programs for immigrant youth (YMCA Achievement Program – YMAP). YMCA Calgary also works with United Way on collaborative projects such as All In for Youth - supporting youth to graduate high school. This important and necessary support accounts for less than 3% of annual revenue and is fully targeted to programming.
Who are the at-risk individuals/communities that will be served by the Rocky Ridge and Seton YMCAs?
At YMCA Calgary, no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. One in five children and youth, and one in eight adults served receive financial assistance from YMCA Calgary. Each person’s circumstances are considered individually. Our Association provides over $3 million in financial assistance for programs and facility access and community programs and we have assisted members in all of our branch operations throughout the city.
How does the Y compare to other charities for % of funds raised going directly to programming?
YMCA’s percentage of costs for fundraising is 9.5%. All of our fundraising costs are drawn from our operations, meaning 100% of donated revenue is used to support children, youth and adults to have YMCA experiences.
How will the YMCA communicate with community residents and community groups when deciding on programs and facility usage?
The YMCA intends the new facilities to be responsive to community needs. Prior to opening, the YMCA will ensure that key stakeholders are consulted, and will also establish processes for continued collaboration and engagement on an ongoing basis.
What is the difference with a Regional facility?
The Rocky Ridge and Seton facilities are considered Regional and will be much larger and able to accommodate a wider variety of uses including a sport (and at Rocky Ridge and Seton, even arts) component. The Quarry Park facility is smaller and therefore will be more restricted as activities focus around a gymnasium and a pool. While Quarry Park will be able to meet some sport needs, it is not expected to be able to at the same level as Seton.
When will the facilities open?
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – 2018
Seton YMCA – 2019