Ways to Give

Thank you for considering a gift to support our mission of Youth Development, Healthy Living & Social Responsibility in our communities.

When you make a one-time or recurring gift, use employer matching to increase your impact, give stocks or bonds, remember the Y in your will, support the Y’s endowment, become a corporate or foundation partner, or find a unique way to give, you’re changing the lives in our community today and for years to come.

Here are some ways to give:

Annual Giving

Each year, through our Annual Campaign, 100% of your donation directly supports financial assistance and program subsidies for your friends & neighbors.

The Annual Campaign funds help:

  • Provide lifelong experiences for children, adults and families through Y camping, aquatics, sports, wellness and many other vital programs and services;
  • Develop and enhance teen programs throughout the community; and
  • Support the Y’s financial assistance program, assuring that no one is turned away from Y programs and services due only to the inability to pay. 25% of Y members receive some form of financial assistance.

Paving the Future

Have your name, family name, organization, or business information displayed as legacy on the entrance walkway to the Foothills Area YMCA Cottingham Campus.

For more information, please visit https://faymca.org/paving-the-future/

Banner Recognition Program

The Banner Recognition Program is our special way of saying thank you to our donors and serves as a visual reminder of the contributions that make a difference in our community.

Your support translates to life-changing programs for those in our community who need it most. From preschool to wellness for older adults, no other organization can impact as many, as powerfully, as the Y does every day.

For more information, please visit https://faymca.org/banner-recognition-program/

Parkinson's Programming

The Parkinson’s Foundation is built on community. The Foothills Area YMCA is a local community partner that is proud to offer an essential resource for those living with Parkinson’s and their families.

We currently offer two programs: Rock Steady Boxing and Pedaling for Parkinson’s.

For more information, please visit https://faymca.org/community-health/

LiveStrong at the Y

LIVESTRONG at the Y program is a 12-week exercise program that allows cancer survivors to reclaim their health through individualized support from certified LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructors. Joined with 5-11 other cancer survivors the class will meet twice a week for 90 minutes for 12 weeks in order to learn how to properly increase their cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and balance and flexibility.

For more information, please visit https://faymca.org/livestrong/

Send a Kid to Camp

The best things in life are made at YMCA summer camp – friendships, memories, skills, confidence, and so much more. Nationally, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 130 years.  Our Y summer camps continue to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build kids’ character.

Donate today.

Send a Kid to After School Care

In YMCA After School Care, kids engage in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve. In addition to supplementing what they have learned in school, they participate in interactive learning models that engage critical thinking skills, are provided 30 minutes each day to work on their homework by trained YMCA staff, have a chance to socialize with each other and form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth and self-confidence.

Donate today.

Qualified Charitable Distribution through an IRA

 Have to take your RMD by year end? Want to make a QCD (qualified charitable distribution) to reduce your taxes?

 It’s possible when you support the Foothills Area YMCA through your IRA.

A Special Opportunity for Those 70½ Years Old and Older

You can give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as the Foothills Area YMCA without having to pay income taxes on the money. Gifts of any value $100,000 or less are eligible for this benefit and you can feel good knowing that you are making a difference at the Y. This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.

Why Consider This Gift?

  • Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
  • Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).
  • You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
  • Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

Every gift matters. To donate to help the Y strengthen our community, you can visit our donation page by clicking the button below and donate directly online through our secure service, you can stop by the Cottingham Campus, or you can mail your donation to Foothills Area YMCA, Cottingham Campus, 370 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

Join us in making an impact in our community!