Support the YMCA

The Y empowers people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. You can support our mission by volunteeringdonating, becoming a member, or one of the many other ways listed below.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, we declare that we follow the Donor Bill of Rights.



Match Your Gift

Many employers will match your donation to the Y, so ask your Human Resources department for details. Some info to help you get your gift matched:

  • YMCA of Metropolitian Chicago is our official name (even if you donate to a specific center/camp)
  • Our address is 1030 West Van Buren Street / Chicago IL 60611
  • Matching Gift contact: donate (at) ymcachicago.org / 312-932-1419
  • EIN: 36-2179782


Bequests and Estate Plan Gifts

You can make a bequest to the YMCA by including language in your will or living trust leaving a portion of your estate to the Y, or by designating the YMCA as a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy.


Donate Your Vehicle

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. The YMCA accepts any vehicle - running or not - including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more. Start the process by clicking here.



Donor Advised Funds

If you are ready to support the YMCA through a donor-advised fund, Click here to use DAF Direct.


Donating Stocks and Securities

When you transfer ownership of long-term holdings to the YMCA, you receive a charitable deduction for their full market value—and you incur no capital gains tax (subject to IRS deduction limits).

Because the donor's information in electronic transfers are not always complete, please alert us in advance about the stock and number of shares you plan to give. You can do so by e-mailing donate (at) ymcachicago.org or calling 312-932-1419.

Following is the information necessary to transfer stock to our account:

  • Account Name: YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
  • DTC Number: 0226
  • Account Number: GER 011598
  • Broker Contact: Lori Hansen, LHansen (at) williamblair.com, Phone: (312) 364-8645, Fax: (312) 924-5946
  • Broker Address: William Blair & Company, The William Blair Building, 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606