Annual Campaign FAQs

Why should I give to the Y?
Your support is integral in helping the Y continue our commitment to providing quality programs to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. You benefit from having a strong Y in your community. Our programs for youth provide meaningful opportunities for young people to grow into responsible adults. The Y makes your community a better place to live and work.

Doesn’t the Y receive funds from United Way?
Yes, we are proud of United Way’s support. However, those funds are restricted to specific program areas. Your support of the Annual Campaign will help the YMCA respond to the diverse needs of our community and assure that everyone has the opportunity to participate regardless of their ability to pay.

Why should I give when I already pay monthly membership dues?
Membership dues and program fees cover the cost of maintaining and operating the Y facilities and programs for members. Donations to the Annual Campaign support programs for everyone in the community, particularly kids and teens. Contributions also provide financial assistance for individuals and families who can not afford membership or program fees but can benefit from participating in our programs.

Now is not a good time. Can I give later?
The Y can bill donors monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or the donor may wish to pay in one sum. Pledging your support now and paying later is often the preferred and affordable way to give generously.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes! The Y is classified by the IRS as a publicly supported 501(c)(3) non-profit.

I gave last year. Why are you asking again so soon?
Your contributions to last year’s campaign helped the Y deliver vital programs for people in our community that needed a helping hand. However, these programs are not sustainable without continued support. That’s why the campaign takes place annually. If you prefer, you can pledge now and pay later in the year.

Does the money raised in the campaign stay at our Y?
Yes, donations from people in our community support our local Y and community members from the Easley, Pickens & Powdersville areas.