YMCA of Greater Cincinnati receives transformational gift

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is grateful for a transformational gift, made possible by national philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This $10 million gift will help address emergent needs in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is one of several substantial investments made by Ms. Scott to 384 nonprofits around the country/globe.

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“We are humbled by this level of investment in our local community.” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO Jorge Perez. “The support of our local donors and members, along with the work our staff and volunteers do every day, put us in the right place at the right time to be able to accept this amazing gift.”

“When transformational donors make investments in local communities, the impact is tremendous both here at home and beyond.” Perez continued. “What we learn locally as a result of this investment will influence regional and national initiatives throughout the YMCA network.”

Preliminary plans for this gift include increased services in academic support for vulnerable students through Cradle to Career Cincinnati. This gift will also help the Y continue its work in COVID recovery through child care, virtual learning, food distribution and senior wellness. The community will see investments in the Y’s 10 area health center spaces and virtually as they prepare for wellness in a post-COVID world. Diversity and Inclusion work will ramp up supporting young people and their families.

As a leading nonprofit, the Y depends on donors, membership dues and program fees to operate. After the upheaval of 2020, this gift will help stabilize the infrastructure of the organization while broadening the scope of its outreach programs. The Y will continue to lean on its annual donors to help the community access critical Y services.

Learn more about this transformational gift here.

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