Why Give to the Y

The Duluth Area Family YMCA is an essential, charitable organization dedicated to strengthening our community through programs that nurture the potential of children, promote individual health and well-being, and give back to provide support for our neighbors. Your participation with the YMCA will bring meaningful change not just within yourself but to others in our community. 


Giving Opportunities

Ready to hang with us?  Check out our giving opportunities to make a banner level gift!

Your Gifts in Action

Every day and in every way, we seek to provide transformation experiences and your support makes that all the more possible. 


Become a proud supporter of YMCA Youth Development programming by adopting your program of choice.


Support YMCA Camp Miller by adopting a cabin and you’ll be giving the wonder of summer camp to Northland youth.

Each year, the Duluth Area Family YMCA provides $450,000 in scholarships and community programs to families and individuals in our region. Our annual Community Support Campaign ensures that everyone in the community has access to vital programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Donate Online

Our online donation site allows you to securely give to your local YMCA branch or program with any major credit card.


What can my gift do?

Your gift can help someone in your community:

  • $5/month can save a life by teaching a child how to swim.
  • $10/month provides a safe place to reconnect to 1 family transitioning out of homelessness.
  • $25/month promotes getting outside and keeps 2 children active through Summer Day Camp.
  • $50/month teaches civic engagement through Global Youth Service Day projects led by True North AmeriCorps members in schools and youth-serving agencies across our community.
  • $84/month creates lasting memories by sending 2 children to overnight camp for a week at Camp Miller
  • $100/month supports a child’s potential after-school through Out of School Time programs.

Alone, there is amazing work your gift can do, but combine that with others in our Y community and see how TOGETHER, we can do so much more!

  • 50 people giving $5/month= teaches 60 children to swim as they gain valuable strength and confidence in their abilities.
  • 50 people giving $10/month = in one year, gives 25 families transitioning out of homelessness a 3-month membership, providing a safe, healthy environment for them to reconnect as a family in their time of need.
  • 50 people giving $25/month= will send 175 children to summer Day camp, engaging them in the outdoors and challenging them to try new things.
  • 15 people giving $50/month = provides funding for over 500 YOUTH to participate in service-learning projects, Healthy habit making, and youth leadership building activities–making our community a better place for all.
  • 15 people giving $84/month = gives 30 underserved youth the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Miller building their confidence, leadership skills, and forming lasting memories.
  • 5 people giving $100/month = provides 15 school-aged children with 9 months of Out-of-School Time programming, where they can receive the academic and social support they need to reach their potential.
Monthly Giving

We want you to give to the Y in the way that makes the most sense to you and is the most convenient to your giving needs. Monthly giving allows you to budget your donation and allows us to better plan our programs and services more effectively.

  • Your monthly gift keeps our community support active.  Your monthly gift ensures we can respond to needs immediately, with an invested group of donors dedicated to meeting our communities' most pressing needs.
  • Your monthly gift provides predictable revenue.  Much like your membership at the Y, monthly giving supports the mission work of the Y and helps us avoid peaks and valleys of donations, ensuring we can spend more time on strategic planning, training, and serving our community and less time on fundraising.
  • Simply put, your monthly gift sustains our mission-driven work.  You will be supporting the day to day work of our mission and demonstrates a lasting investment in our mission. 

Ready to make it monthly?  Contact us at athompson@duluthymca.org with your pledge OR you can make your gift online, by entering the amount you want to give each month and then select MONTHLY for___months radial button.

When starting your pledge mid-year, please select the remaining number of months in this calendar year of giving. Monthly Gifts are considered ongoing and will renew each year until you direct us to stop your giving schedule.

Upon receipt of your pledge, we will contact you to confirm your giving and area of designation. Please contact us if you have any questions at 

Corporate Giving

The Y’s donor-supported scholarships and community programs are essential to ensuring continued access and opportunities for all at the Duluth Area Family YMCA. This community outreach would not be possible without the support of our major donors.

Annual donations of $1,000 receive banner recognition within one facility and those giving $2,500 receive a banner in two locations; all donations over $5,000 receive a prominent Champion Banner.  All donor banners are displayed in your Y until the following year’s campaign. These major donors also receive acknowledgment on our website, social media, and the invitation to participate in key events. Please view our CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES brochure to review our complete recognition package.

When you’re ready to make your commitment, contact our development office at:
Anika Thompson, Community Engagement & Development Associate
(P) 218-722-4745 ext 126
(E) athompson@duluthymca.org 
or MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT today through our Online Commitment Form

Planned Giving: Duluth YMCA Heritage Foundation

Thinking of how you can make a lasting impact on your community? Consider making a legacy gift to the Duluth Area Family YMCA. In a world where so much comes and goes so quickly, your gift ensures that the Y can achieve its mission of a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, for generations to come.

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