YMCA Buffalo Niagara

aka YMCA Buffalo Niagara   |   Buffalo, NY   |  www.ymcabn.org

Mission

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. YMCA Buffalo Niagara has been providing a positive impact on communities in Western New York since 1852.

Ruling year info

1954

President & CEO

John T Ehrbar

Main address

301 Cayuga Rd Suite 100

Buffalo, NY 14225 USA

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EIN

16-0743231

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YMCA Programs & Services

YMCA Buffalo Niagara offers a wide array of programs including preschool, child care, camping, youth sports, swimming lessons, teen leadership development, wellness programs, community outreach, and senior programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of subsidies to families for YMCA programs and services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

YMCA Buffalo ensures that people of all socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to child care, wellness, and out of school programs.

Number of families provided with subsidies to participate in YMCA programs and services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors

Related Program

YMCA Programs & Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Y is focused on combatting hunger and food insecurity. Depending on specific site, YMCA Buffalo Niagara provides breakfast, dinner, and/or weekend food to school age children and senior citizens.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At the Y, we believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. We measure success by how well we engage communities in our three areas of impact:

Youth Development – empowering young people to reach their full potential
Healthy Living – improving individual and community well-being
Social Responsibility – providing support and inspiring action in our communities

YMCA Buffalo Niagara's Board of Directors and senior staff have identified four key strategic priorities:

• Engage our Communities - expand community outreach programs to provide physical activity for youth, healthy meals, educational enrichment, lifestyle change programs, drowning prevention, and water safety skills in low-income neighborhoods and communities.

• Promote Equity & Inclusion - facilitate community education series on DEI, increase opportunities for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to be able to fully access the Y's youth development and healthy living programs/services, and partner with local agencies to provide more employment and programmatic opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

• Build for the Future - construct a new wellness facility in the City of Buffalo, develop long-term plans for the sustainability of overnight camps, and rebuild membership to pre-pandemic levels.

• Enhance our Organizational Capacity - cultivate strategic community relationships, develop formal succession plans for key positions, effectively use technology to advance the Y's mission, and explore opportunities for future growth.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara has a strong foundation upon which to achieve its strategic priorities:

• Trusted Organization: The second oldest YMCA in the United States, YMCA Buffalo Niagara has been a trusted institution in Western New York since 1852.

• Broad Reach: YMCA Buffalo Niagara operates six membership facilities, two overnight camps, and over 50 child care locations throughout Western New York.

• Collaborative Partner: YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an established partner with school districts, policy makers, business leaders, and other community organizations.

• Community Impact: YMCA Buffalo Niagara creates positive lasting change for over 100,000 people annually in Western New York. The provides access to vital programs and services regardless of an individual's ability to pay.

• Leadership: The Y’s Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and leadership staff bring diverse expertise and resources to help develop, implement, and monitor the strategic plan.

• Financial Development: YMCA Buffalo Niagara receives grant funding and conducts an annual campaign to raise funds to fulfill its charitable mission. The Board of Directors is very active in securing funding to ensure sustainability.

The Y, in partnership with corporations, foundations, and local governments, launched its mobile "Y on the Fly" program in 2021, delivering programs to under-served communities in Erie and Niagara counties. Additionally, the Y launched its "Safety Around Water" drowning prevention program in 2021 in partnership with the Niagara Falls School District. Both programs continue to expand to additional locations.

In 2022, YMCA Buffalo Niagara restructured its membership model to increase equitable access to all by removing financial and structural obstacles. The Y's new "Access to All" program is an income-based approach to membership, allowing individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds to fully benefit from the Y's services through a very simple, application-free process.

In late 2021, YMCA Buffalo Niagara purchased property in the City of Buffalo to serve as the site of a future wellness branch. Progress is underway to secure funds to make this project a reality. Once constructed, market study data indicate that the Y will be able to provide programs and services to over 10,000 additional people annually.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YMCA Buffalo Niagara

Board of directors
as of 08/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Breeann Wilson

Pure Podiatry

Term: 2022 - 2024

Joy Aitchison

Key Bank

Erin Borek

Phillips Lytle, LLP

John Craik

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

David Duchscherer

Wendel

Adam Dunning

Wayspring

Jared Gross

(Community Volunteer)

Michael Hofer

Amerigroup WNY

Mark Lempko

Commercial Credit Group

Marc Martis

Huntington National Bank

Stephen Nicholson

Merrill Lynch

Lynne Reilly

Independent Health - Pharmacy Benefits Division

Mark Phillips

(Retired, Ernst & Young)

Danielle Shainbrown

Bellwether Advisors, LLC; Shainbrown Komin, PLLC

Jessica Smith

BestSelf Behavioral Health

Glenn Spencer

Accelerated Results LLC

TJ Stewart

MDU Netech / Fortified

Aaron Whitehouse

Evans Agency, LLC

Breeann Wilson

Pure Podiatry

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data