Annual Fundraising Campaign

Annual Fundraising Campaign

The Y. So Much More.

Although you have probably heard of the YMCA, there is more to our Y than one may think. The Y is so much more than a gym. It is a cause, dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. From exercise to education, volleyball to volunteerism, zoo trips to Zumba classes, the Y does not just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community. 

For 150 years, we've proudly helped our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. Yet, we can do so much more. Our annual fundraising campaign is a community-wide effort to raise funds for children, teens, families and adults who need financial assistance to participate in our programs and services.

The Y works hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grown and thrive. We cannot do it alone. Together, we can do so much more. Our Y relies on the generosity of corporate and foundation partners and sponsors. These relationships help the Y to maintain and expand services to the people who need it most.

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Your Investment

Partnering with us allows our Y to address some of the communities most pressing issues. Let’s work together to decrease childhood obesity and loneliness and increase high school graduation rates and community nurturing.

  • Give a child the opportunity to learn a valuable life-saving skill and a lifelong healthy activity through swim lessons—$100.
  • Give a child a fun-filled month of activities and character development for a child in After School Care—$300
  • Give three children a week with superior role models and exciting activities—$500
  • Give a child a week of character development, meals, and relationship building at YMCA Camp Collins—$620

100 percent of your dollars go to those who need us most. We genuinely accept your gift of any size.

Campaign Volunteers

When you volunteer for the Annual Campaign, you join a team committed to fun, fellowship and raising money to help families in our community. Your role as a campaigner is to:

  • Share your Y story and the importance of the Annual Campaign
  • Make a gift to the Annual Campaign
  • Ask friends and family to make a gift to the Annual Campaign
  • Thank your donors

Great things happen because of people like you.

Fundraising Campaigns

Annual Campaign FAQ

What is the Annual Campaign?

Through the Annual Campaign, we ensure that the YMCA is available to all. Annual giving is a fundraising opportunity that YMCA staff, board members, members, parents, and friends participate in to support the YMCA each year. We encourages participation at all giving levels.

What are the manners in which I can make a gift?

There are several ways to become involved with giving. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, bank electronic funds transfers/draws, appreciated assets— real estate, artwork, collector cars, and planned gifts. Capital pledges may be structured over a period of years with a signed letter of intent. Annual gifts to the Annual Campaign should be paid in full by December 31. Payments may be made in person, via mail, phone, and email or online.

For Gifts of Cash

Write a check, or authorize a charge on your credit card or debit card.

For Gifts of Securities

Contribute appreciated publicly traded securities that you have held more than one year. You can claim deductions for their full, fair market values and avoid tax on their appreciation.

For Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets

To maximize the value of a retirement account, consider making a lifetime gift of its after-tax value to a tax-exempt, deferred giving plan benefits our Y. 

For Gifts of Life Insurance

Donating your life insurance could be a wonderful way to fulfill your desire to support our work—through adding the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette as the beneficiary of an existing policy. 

For Pledge Gifts

Pledges are deductible in the year they are fulfilled, not in the year they are made. You can choose to pay off your pledge either the entire amount or an upcoming installment.

Bequest Gifting

Consider naming the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette as a beneficiary in your will or trust to help future generations.


Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one?

Memorial gifts are welcomed. You will receive a tax compliant acknowledgement letter. The individual (or their family) will receive acknowledgement from the YMCA noting that a gift was made in memory of the person you name. Your name and address are given to the memorial family so that they can acknowledge your generosity, but we do not share the gift value with the family.

Does my gift really make a difference?

Absolutely. Every gift—regardless of size—makes a difference. We appreciate any gift that you are willing to make.

Does the Y accept Matching Gifts?

Yes, corporate matching gifts are encouraged. Simply provide us with your company's matching gift form and submit it with the gift. We promptly complete the matching gift form and return it to your corporation.

Will I receive a receipt for my gift?

All those who give a donation receive an IRS tax compliant acknowledgement letter for your tax reporting purposes.

How can corporations and foundations work with the YMCA?

Our Resource Development Office fosters mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations and foundations in Oregon and Washington. The YMCA's strengths in character-driven programs and services can advance a company's strategic business interests and help philanthropic organizations achieve their goals. To discuss ways the Y can help your organization achieve its goals, please contact Bruce Patton, Chief Development Officer & Vice President, at 503.221.5342.

What things should I keep in mind when considering end-of-the-year giving?

As the year ends, we enter into the season of thanksgiving, in which charitable gifts support our mission, and provide the opportunity to enjoy tax savings. If you time your charitable gifts before December 31, you may include itemized deductions on your current year income tax return.

We encourage you to seek financial advice from a planner you trust. We recognize the weight of this decision and believe it is in your best interest to discuss your plans with a respected financial, legal, and/or charitable organization advisor. Find someone with whom you can confidentially discuss your financial and personal goals concerning your charitable giving interests—what you want to give, the timing of your gift, and how a gift will be made. This information will help determine a plan best suited to your needs.

For hand-delivered securities, and hand-delivered Real Estate deeds, the day our broker or we receive it, will be the date of the gift. For more information, please contact Bruce Patton, Chief Development Officer & Vice President at 503.221.5342.