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The YMCA has a mission of helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body. We also strive to turn no one away due to an inability to pay a program or membership fee. Our goal is to serve as many people in the community as possible that can benefit from our services. We can’t do that without your help. See the stories of real people who have been impacted by the Y.

How Can I Give?

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Donate online through our secure website. Please choose a specific branch in the Designation drop down if you would like to designate your donation.

You may also donate funds by contacting:

Amanda Hurley
Senior Vice President/Chief Development Officer
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
301 N. Main Street, Suite 1900
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 
336 777 6249

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A charitable bequest is an excellent way for you to leave a legacy and help further our mission. A bequest is also one of the easiest gifts you can make. 

Your estate planning attorney can include a provision in your will that leaves a lasting gift to us. It could be a gift of a specific asset, a dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate. You could also designate us as beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, bank or investment account.

Gifts to the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina through a will/estate have the option to be unrestricted, restricted to your YMCA branch, scholarships or to a specific program. Please contact me, Val Elliott, Senior Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at or 336 676 3831, to learn about all of the benefits of making a gift to help us continue our important work.

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Our YMCAs are always in need of volunteers and there are a variety of programs and services that could use your help! Learn more about our volunteer opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Annual Impact Fund?

With your support, the annual YMCA Annual Impact Fund provides scholarship funds for deserving youth, families and seniors. By supporting the Annual Impact Fund, you ensure that everyone, regardless of their circumstances or ability to pay, can benefit from YMCA programs and services.

The AIF funds such important programs as child care, day and overnight camp, membership, teen leadership programs, adult literacy, swim lessons and senior programs.

In 2023, over $1,534,054 in financial scholarships were given for memberships and programs through the Open Doors scholarship program. The YMCA strives to turn no one away due to inability to pay. Each gift makes a difference in helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.

Financial scholarships keep the Y available for kids and families who need us most. We count on the generosity of our members and communities to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected and secure. When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

Can I Designate My Funds?

Yes, you may designate your funds for a specific YMCA branch or to a specific program. If funds are not designated to a specific location or program they will be utilized in the areas identified with the greatest need.

What Are the Levels of Giving?

Donations are appreciated and accepted at any level. Various dollar amounts are recognized as follows:

$1-249     Friend
$250-499     Believer
$500-999     President's Club
$1,000-2,499     Chairman's Roundtable
$2,500-4,999     Difference Maker
$5,000-9,999     Cause Champion
$10,000-24,999     Patterson Avenue Society
$25,000-49,999     1888 Society
$50,000-99,999     Thomas Sullivan Society
$100,000+     George Williams Society


Where Your Donations Go

We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a brighter future for our community, but we need your help. Your gift to the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will have a lasting impact by helping us to reach more people through life-changing programs and services.

$140 gives a student the school supplies and confidence they need to start the academic year on the right foot with our Bright Beginnings program.

$175 sends a child to one week of Summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.

$225 gives a student a life-changing experience through our Achievers program that inspires them to pursue their personal goals after high school. 

$420 gives a senior one year of access to the YMCA where they can connect with new friends and improve their health.

$1250 teaches an entire class of swimmers the life-saving skill of swimming through Safety Around Water drowning prevention and our swim lessons.

$960 sends a child to YMCA Camp Hanes for one week of outdoor education and character-building activities.

$1,000 supports a family with a yearlong membership, so they can have access to Y facilities and programs to live healthier lives.

$12,000 gives three cohorts of 10 cancer survivors the support to reclaim their health through LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.

We have all moments in our lives that have shaped our sense of who we are. You can help more people experience those transformational moments and unlock their full potential. Together we can change lives. When a YMCA staff member or volunteer contacts you, please say yes. Donate, pledge, or fundraise for the Y today.

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Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Together, we can do so much more.

Our Mission: "Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."