Where to Give in the K-W YMCA Endowment Foundation

The K-W YMCA Endowment Foundation permits you to direct your gift by selecting a fund designed to support a particular initiative of the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Unrestricted Fund

To provide the most flexibility for the Foundation to respond to the current needs of the association, consider a gift to the Unrestricted Fund. Funds in the Unrestricted Fund are unrestricted for the betterment and potential expansion of any area of the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo, allowing the association to continue to address community needs as they arise.

Donate to the Unrestricted Fund

Camp Fund

YMCA Camps value young people. Our focus is on developing the potential of every camper, and building strong character consistent with YMCA values. YMCA Camps encourage friendship, learning, and healthy child development, while providing positive role models to support children.

Your gift to the Camp Fund supports the development, operations, and involvement of youth within the outdoor and camping environment, helping us ensure that all children have the opportunity to attend camp, where they can make new friends, have fun, and discover their full potential.

Donate to the Camp Fund

Carl Dare Community Youth Fund

Carl Dare was a YMCA Board President, and part of the volunteer group that initiated the creation of the K-W YMCA Endowment Foundation, ensuring the YMCA could meet the needs of the community well into the future.The Dare Family has dedicated time and treasure to help the YMCA fulfill their vision and expand their impact for generations.

YMCA community based youth programs strive to build leadership, character, and confidence in a safe, positive, and inclusive environment.

Your gift to the Carl Dare Community Youth Fund supports both the capital development and operations of community based programs directed to encouraging the development and participation of disadvantaged youth.

Donate to the Carl Dare Community Youth Fund

Environmental Sustainability Fund

Your gift to the Environmental Sustainability Fund supports the development of educational components of the YMCA Outdoor Centre, helping foster understanding and respect for our natural environment.

Donate to the Environmental Sustainability Fund

Global Initiatives Fund

Your gift to the Global Initiatives Fund helps support overseas partnerships as well as global education programs in our own community that is directed to encouraging the awareness, appreciation and involvement in global initiatives.  Global Initiative programs of the YMCA strive to inspire individuals to broaden their perspectives, increase community connections and leadership skills and actively engage in strengthening their communities, both locally and worldwide through the YMCA.  Overseas Partnership support community development projects, share resources, tools and expertise while learning about issues that affect us all.

Donate to the Global Initiatives Fund

Irvin Weber Membership Access Fund

At the YMCA we believe that our programs and services should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age, background, ability, or socio-economic status. That's why the YMCA makes fee assisted memberships available which offer the same facilities, programs, and services at a reduced monthly rate.

By making a gift to the Membership Access Fund, you are supporting individuals with the greatest need to participate in YMCA membership programs where potential grows, everyone belongs, and health goals are achieved every day.

Irvin Weber was a long time member of the YMCA, since the age of 7 participating in activities like floor hockey, the annual circus and attending YMCA camps.  Over the years Irvin remained active at the YMCA and involved his family. He was a faithful donor to the YMCA and the Endowment Foundation.  

Irvin credited the YMCA as being instrumental in his own development and the development of his children. Having this fund in Irvin's memory helps to ensure that those in need have support to participate in YMCA membership programs and services that he believed so vital.

Donate to the Irvin Weber Membership Access Fund

Onawaw Margaret Govan Fund

Camp Onawaw was a camp for girls located on the site of present day YMCA Camp Wabanaki. Margaret Govan purchased the camp in 1932 and directed it until 1970. In 1999 Camp Onawaw alumnae created the Onawaw-Margaret Govan Fund to continue Margaret's dedication to girls' camping. 

YMCA Camps value young people. Our focus is on developing the potential of every camper, and building strong character consistent with YMCA values. YMCA Camps encourage friendship, learning, and healthy child development, while providing positive role models to support children.

Your gift to the Onawaw Margaret Govan Fund assists young girls to attend YMCA Camp Wabanaki either as campers or Leaders In Training.

Donate to the Onawaw Margaret Govan Fund

Roger Pownall Educational Award

Roger Pownall was a long time Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA staff member whose life was a great example and inspiration to all who knew him. Roger touched many staff, volunteers, and participants with his welcoming smile, loving words, and great joy with which he lived his life.

Your gift to the Roger Pownall Educational Award allows us to support Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA or YMCA of Cambridge part-time staff members who have demonstrated the core values of the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo and are enrolled or accepted in post-secondary education.

Donate to the Roger Pownall Educational Award

Wellness Fund

YMCA Wellness Programs are transforming the health of our community by helping people of all ages build confidence and overcome challenges lie obesity and chronic disease. We create connections between individuals as they improve their health, because we know that better health and a sense of community means a better life and brighter future.

Your gift to the Wellness Fund supports programs designed to support healthy living and help individuals with chronic conditions or low fitness levels achieve their health goals in a positive environment.

Donate to the Wellness Fund

VORN Wellness Fund

VORN - wonder what it means?  It's a family - Vivienne, Olive, Roy and Nikolai.  A family that understands the benefits of belonging at the YMCA and promote a healthy lifestyle.  

YMCA Wellness Programs are transforming the health of our community by helping people of all ages build confidence and overcome challenges.

Your gift to the VORN Wellness Fund supports wellness programs that are designed to support healthy living relative to mental health, dementia and for those who are inactive or have low fitness levels.  The programs encourage individuals to achieve their health goals in a positive environment.  We create connections between individuals as they improve their health, because we know that better health and a sense of community means a better life and brighter future.

Donate to the VORN Wellness Fund

Wes and Glenn Baechler Camp Fund

Glenn Baechler grew up as a camper and leader at YMCA Camps, and provided leadership on the K-W YMCA Camping committee for many years. His father, Wes, also had a long-time affiliation with the YMCA, serving as President of the Board of Directors from 1960-1963.

YMCA Camps value young people. Our focus is on developing the potential of every camper, and building strong character consistent with YMCA values. YMCA Camps encourage friendship, learning, and healthy child development, while providing positive role models to support children.

Your gift to the Wes and Glenn Baechler Camp Fund supports the development, operations, and involvement of youth within the outdoor and camping environment, helping us ensure that all children have the opportunity to attend camp, where they can make new friends, have fun, and discover their full potential.

Donate to the Wes and Glenn Baechler Camp Fund

Create your own fund

With a gift of $25,000 or more, the YMCA will establish a named fund. These named funds offer ways for family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, foundations and/or corporations to commemorate special individuals.