We believe the YMCA is uniquely suited to meet our community’s needs and we continue to prove it every day through the reinvention of the organization in an effort to better serve the area’s ever-changing social landscape.

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The unanticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forever changed the community and the YMCA of Greater Houston mobilized almost overnight to meet those demands while also being severely impacted by the pandemic itself via membership and budget shortfalls. There has never been a more critical time to support the work of the YMCA. Over the past year, we have redesigned programs to meet the community need, and put an emphasis on ending isolation, inspiring our youth to thrive while reimagining opportunities, all in an effort to restore hope and well-being to our community.

Join us in making an impact in our community

The YMCA of Greater Houston works with our neighbors to ensure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, regardless of ability to pay.

We work hard each and every day to make a difference in the lives of our community members through YMCA programs that impact our area’s youth, families and older adults.

The needs of our community are diverse and evolving, and the Y is needed now more than ever. Together, we strive to create a stronger community and bring about meaningful change in our community. Your support is vital to our success, and enables us to be an essential component of the lives of so many in our area.

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Annual Giving Campaign

The Annual Giving Campaign ensures that everyone has equal access to the resources and tools they need to thrive.

In the Greater Houston area, YMCA wellness facilities, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites strive to empower youth, build healthier families and foster inclusive communities. These programs are driven by our mission of serving Houston as a cause-driven organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Together, we strive to create a stronger community. Your donation helps ensure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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End Isolation

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Inspire Youth to Thrive

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Unity in Community

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Remove Limits & Reimagine Opportunities

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Restore Hope & Well-Being


This donor recognition society is for member donors giving to the Annual Campaign through a recurring monthly gift. It is a very traditional approach and encourages members to give and learn more about the Y and the impact the donor assists in making. The Member Giving Society highlights the year 1886 when the Houston Y was founded and where we are headed. Not a Place. A Purpose.


Join us in making an impact

The campaign is about more than just raising money. It is about the life changing impact that the YMCA provides by opening doors to those in need. The child who gains confidence through learning opportunities, the active older adult who is no longer isolated and is living a healthy and active lifestyle, a family given opportunities to spend quality time together and so many more. The stories of those who are impacted by the Y have the power to unite and inspire.

Make Your Donation

Help us deliver on our cause through a charitable donation to make our mission impact possible. Our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do, and we need your help to do it. Your support enables our community’s success.

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See Our Impact

When you invest in the Y, your dollars directly benefit individuals in your community. Your gift has lasting and meaningful impact and it is through your generosity that we are able to help those in our area who need us most.

Impact in Action
Planned Giving

When you include the YMCA of Greater Houston in your estate plan, your generosity brings about meaningful change. This past year has proven that we need to remain strong and continuously able to adapt to changing circumstances for decades to come, and strengthening the Y’s endowment funds is critical to that success.

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Thank you for your support

Thanks to generous donors, we are able to fulfill this mission through low cost programs and raising money for direct financial assistance for families in need. One hundred percent of all dollars donated are invested into programs serving children and families in our community.

These programs, and your support, are vital to our community’s success. By working together, we can make a lasting impact on our area and ensure meaningful change that strengthens our community.


Stories from those Impacted by the YMCA of Greater Houston

BBB-Accredited Charity

The YMCA of Greater Houston meets the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability. The BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charities, and we are proud to carry its distinction.

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Charity Navigator Accredited

The YMCA of Greater Houston is proud to have received the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. This allows our donors to feel confident in their decision to designate their donation to their local charity, the YMCA.

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Support the YMCA While you Shop – Amazon Smile

There is more than one way to give! Support the YMCA while you shop. Visit Amazon Smile and select “YMCA of the Greater Houston Area” as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Y at no extra cost to you!

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Corporate Matching

Want your donation to make an even deeper impact in our community? Many employers offer gift matching programs and will match your charitable donation to the Y. Be sure to check if your company offers a similar program to double the impact of your support!