Ways to Give

We All Need the Y.

When you give to the Y, you can be sure your contributed support nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves health and well-being, and supports neighbors – especially those youth and families from disadvantaged and underserved populations in the community.​

There are a lot of different reasons for giving. Every day, the Y helps kids, teens, families and adults to have measurably better lives. The work we do makes a difference and your donation, no matter the size, goes toward the thousands of dollars we award each year that ensures everyone has this opportunity. Every single dollar you give goes toward financial assistance.

How Can I Give?

Donate Online – Our online donation site allows you to securely give to your local YMCA branch or program with a one-time or recurring gift with any major credit card, or the option to be billed later to make your payment.

Pledge to the Annual Campaign – Submit a pledge form at your branch or by mail or e-mail, and spread your gift out over the year.

Round-Ups – Make a BIG change by donating your spare change with everyday purchases by joining our Round-Up program! Your morning coffee, weekly takeout, or monthly bills can turn into a big way to support the YMCA!

Planned Giving – By making a legacy gift to the YMCA, you can ensure that the Y can achieve its mission of a healthy spirit, mind and body for all for generations to come. A gift to the Y’s Endowment Fund is the greatest confirmation of the YMCA mission that a friend of the Y can show and makes you a member of the Heritage Club.

Gifts of Securities– When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds in support of our mission, you can reduce or even eliminate federal capital gains taxes on the transfer. You may also be entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transfer.

Other Ways to Support

Matching Gifts – Many corporations match employee gifts as part of their philanthropic efforts. Talk to your HR department today about matching gifts and potentially double your contribution to the Y. Stretch your donation to the Y even further! 

Give Your Time – Volunteering at the Y is a fun and rewarding way to support your neighbors, strengthen your community, and connect with amazing people.

Corporate Sponsorships – Ask us about chances to sponsor sports teams, leagues or special events like our Annual Sporting Clays Classic!

Angie Smith

Angie Smith, is a gifted writer, encourager and loving mother of four. Together with her husband, former NFL player Steve Smith, they established The Steve Smith Family Foundation, which is dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need while advancing causes  close to the family’s heart – Promoting family health & wellness as well as the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

In 2022, The Steve Smith Foundation and Mecklenburg County partnered to create Charlotte’s first behavioral health urgent care, a 24/7, 365 urgent care facility dedicated to mental health and substance abuse needs.

Angie’s commitment to her family, transparency and unselfishness, by putting other’s needs before her own, is an inspiration to all of us!

Alan Tyson

Alan Tyson is the President Architech Sports and Physical Therapy. He was the former Vice President of Sports Performance and Rehabilitation for OrthoCarolina. He is a physical therapist board certified as a sports clinical specialist, a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with the Charlotte Knights (AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) and continues to serve as a consultant to the team. Alan is also a consultant with the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Eagles.

Alan has spoken regionally and nationally on various training topics including the foot and ankle, spine care, hip and knee rehabilitation, and he has developed two continuing education courses on the shoulder. He has written 3 books and developed specific training programs for the female athlete, the baseball pitcher, and for football players preparing for the NFL combines. Alan is also an associate editor of the National Strength and Conditioning Journal. He co-hosted a weekly radio show “Health Headlines” on 1110AM WBT with Stacey Sims and Dr. Russ Greenfield for 3 years.

Antoinette Johnson

Meet Antoinette Johnson, the inspiring culinary star of “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation” Hailing from Lexington, KY, she transforms simple, humble ingredients into extraordinary dishes, all while championing the use of fresh, locally-sourced produce. Through her triumph on “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” Antoinette’s unwavering perseverance catapulted her career, proving that with passion and determination, anything is possible. With a heart dedicated to community and a love for supporting local farmers, Antoinette’s journey is a testament to embracing change, fostering growth, and inspiring others to follow their culinary dreams.

Beyond her culinary triumphs, Antoinette is a firm believer in the power of evolution and perseverance. She stands as a shining example of how one can constantly evolve, change, and grow on their journey to success. Antoinette’s story is one of resilience and determination, inspiring others to follow their passions despite any challenges they may encounter.

Now, with a cookbook deal and cash grand prize, Antoinette is forging ahead on her culinary adventure, driven by the desire to prove herself and inspire her daughter.