YMCA Calgary

Community Benefit


YMCA Calgary is a charity which, at its core, is all about community. For 120 years the Y has connected people through diverse and shared experiences, supporting them to achieve their greatest potential. Each year thousands of Calgarians are involved through health and wellness programs, leadership and community outreach programs, child care, and day and overnight camps.

We contribute to healthy communities and social inclusion through the lens of recreation; healthy child development; supporting educational pursuits for vulnerable children and youth; cultivating social and emotional well-being; and supporting lifelong, healthy living.

YMCA Calgary is a place for everyone and our 10-year strategic direction Navigate, is our guide to delivering on our promise to the community in the years ahead.

Our Impact

YMCA Calgary has six operating health and wellness facilities, six child development centres with licensed child care, two outdoor campsites and over 60 community program sites serving all quadrants of the city. Our reach across the city allows YMCA Calgary to deliver programs, services and opportunities to help the Calgary community connect with others, build life-long skills, and keep active and healthy.

In addition to our recreation programs, our community outreach programs for youth offer rich experiences for personal learning, skill development and community engagement. These programs include:

  • Enabling academic achievement for children and youth through tutoring and mentorship
  • Support and programming for our urban Indigenous community
  • Empowering new Canadians through programs that welcome them and support their integration into the community

Developing future leaders through values-based programs that stimulate personal growth.

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Legal Name

Calgary Young Men's Christian Association

Charity Number

118824168 RR0001

How your gift will be used

As a charitable organization, philanthropic support is a critical source of revenue to deliver programs and financial assistance to ensure no one is turned away from a YMCA experience.

Your gift can provide impact in the following areas:

Greatest Need – This allows the Y to adapt and address the highest need priorities in the community.

Financial assistance – Provide financial assistance to hundreds of children and adults who have financial barriers to participating at the YMCA.

Outdoor Camp Experiences – Help thousand of children experience everything the natural world can offer through outdoor camps and programs.

Youth Empowerment Programs – Bring youth together to learn new skills, a new language, connect with Indigenous culture, and have stronger voices for change in their communities.

Your gift can be directed for immediate needs or to the YMCA Calgary Endowment.

Gifts for immediate needs are used right away while a gift to the YMCA Calgary Endowment is invested in perpetuity and a portion of the annual investment income is used to fund programs and financial assistance at the YMCA.

Your planned gift will create a lasting impact, ensuring children, youth and adults access to YMCA programs that support their physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

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