YMCA of Greater Seattle 


The Y is so much more than a place. It's a cause. As a charity, it dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and well-being for all and giving back and providing support to neighbors.  

With your support, the Y can continue to create positive, lasting change. From athletics to academic achievement, summer camp to senior activities and volunteerism to violence prevention, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies. It strengthens our community.   

The Y impacts lives at our 13 branches, three resident camps and 200 program sites.

Mission Statement
Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

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YMCA of Greater Seattle
909 4th Ave 
(206) 382-4364 

Robert B. Gilbertson 


YMCA of Greater Seattle Programs

The Y takes on the most urgent needs in our community, such as bridging the educational achievement gap, preventing chronic disease and providing meals to children. 

Everything we do is designed to nurture the potential of children and teens (Youth Development), improve health and well-being (Healthy Living), and motivate people to support their neighbors and the larger community (Social Responsibility).     

Because we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, the Y is for Youth Development. Through the Y, thousands of local youth are learning the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement – right now and in the future.     

Through our 13 branches and two resident camps, the Y promotes Healthy Living. We’re passionate about providing guidance and resources to help people maximize their health and prevent chronic disease. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters community connections through fitness, sports and shared interests.    

The Y has been listening and responding to the needs of our neighbors since 1876. Social Responsibility is central to who we are. Through education and training in neighborhoods, connecting diverse demographic populations and building healthier communities with partners, the Y fosters care and respect for all.

Powerful Schools
One of our signature academic programs, Powerful Schools, is committed to helping struggling young readers gain the skills they need to succeed. We provide one-on-one tutoring, otherwise beyond the financial reach of some of the families we serve. Powerful Schools recruits and trains reading tutors from the community, using proven curricula developed by Washington Research Institute.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The Y takes on challenges that threaten our community's present and future.  

Recently the Y:  
  • Served 23,556 children through our academic and education initiatives.  
  • Nurtured and inspired 96,010 children and teens.
  • Ensured that our community became healthier through our youth and adult-focused fitness and nutrition programs.
While the Y is proud of our success, we recognize the distinct need for kids to have access to positive role models in safe, supportive environment. There is a growing need for the work the Y does to ensure that you are healthy and successful. Each young person's needs are different which is why the Y offers over 200 programs to assist with everything from educational success to outdoor leadership to hunger relief. 

Your support turns obstacles into opportunities. Thank you for considering making a gift to the Y.


The YMCA offers programming at 12 branches and 200 program sites, plus camping programs at Camp Orkila and Camp Colman. It offers a range of values-based programs that meets the growing needs of our diverse population – all ages, backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Through its numerous branches (three new ones in SeaTac, Shoreline and Coal Creek), the Y provides a variety of opportunities for community members to access services and recreational activities. In an effort to make all the centers more accessible, half of all members currently receive scholarship support or reduced rates based on a sliding scale. Each center also adapts to the needs of the local community – for instance, at the SeaTac branch there is a high Muslim population and the women could not participate in the open swimming sessions because there was no privacy. As a result, the Y established a swim night just for women and covered the windows – the response has been tremendous and the center continues to create tailored programming for the diverse residents.

Use of Best Practices
Much of the Y’s youth programming is based on The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets model. Research by the Search Institute has found that the more assets young people have, the more likely they are to act in positive ways and successfully rebound from difficult situations. Specific outcomes have been identified for all youth development programs and are measured by parent and participant surveys.

In addition to key partners such as Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Y also partners with small, community-based nonprofits to help serve the local needs of each branch.

The Y has a long history of responsible fiscal management and a strong, successful track record of completing capital projects.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/21/2015 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
5/11/2015 $2,000.00support the Connections Conference in North Seattle, hosted by the University Family YMCA.
12/10/2014 $40,000.00support construction of the Healthy Living Demonstration Kitchen, to provide youth with opportunities to connect young people to nutritious food, cooking techniques, and healthier habits.
12/10/2014 $23,000.00to support low income students from South Seattle to attend a performance to the Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker.
8/26/2014 $5,000.00to support the merger of the YMCA and Powerful Schools.
7/9/2014 $50,000.00support general operating expenses of BOLD/GOLD.
3/15/2014 $500.00to support the Nonprofit Connections Conference in North Seattle, hosted by the University Family YMCA.
6/10/2012 $20,000.00support opperations at the SeaTac YMCA.
6/10/2011 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2009 $60,000.00support the Highline/SeaTac YMCA capital campaign.


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