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YMCA of the Suncoast Heritage Club

Together, we can build stronger, more inclusive communities, provide support for families and promote positive change overall. You can impact generations to come by becoming a member of the Heritage Club.

Since the Young Men's Christian Association of the Suncoast, Inc. (DBA YMCA of the Suncoast) was founded in our community in 1957 thousands of our neighbors and friends have personally benefited from the Y's commitment to strengthening community.

The YMCA board of directors has created an endowment fund and Heritage Club honoring those who have made a commitment to provide for the future of our YMCA through their estate plans.

Heritage Club members, by their current or planned gift, ensure that the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility endure and that Y programs will positively impact our community for generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Our Heritage Club

How can I or our family become a member of the Heritage Club? Anyone who provides a letter of intent, indicating that the YMCA of the Suncoast is a beneficiary of their estate plan, or creates a planned gift as a result of their estate planning can be a member.

Can I designate my gift for a specific purpose? Many donors choose to leave their gift unrestricted to allow the Y governing board to direct the earnings where the need is greatest. However, the YMCA of the Suncoast has specific options to which you can designate your funds: (1) undesignated for highest needs at the time, (2) for use at a specific branch, (3) for facility improvements, and (4) for high-priority programs identified by the board of directors.

What types of gifts could I give? We know that members of the Heritage Club choose to give to perpetuate their values and that their gifts say something about who they are and how they want to be remembered. Therefore, options are available to meet individual circumstances. The majority of gifts are received in these forms:

  • Planned gifts including:
    • Bequests through wills
    • Naming the Y as a beneficiary of retirement plans
    • Naming the Y as a beneficiary of insurance policies
    • Living trusts
    • Charitable trusts

What is the proper wording I should use to ensure my gift is designated as I wish? Here is an example of wording you could use: "I give to Young Men's Christian Association of the Suncoast, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in Florida the sum of $______ (or ______ percent of the remainder of my estate) to be deposited in the YMCA's endowment fund. The income shall be used to benefit said YMCA in such manner as the board of directors thereof may direct."

Whom do I call with questions?
W. Ben Prewitt
Philanthropy Advisor
(727) 467-9622

Also, please let us know if you have already made a provision for the Y in your estate plans and would like to be recognized as a Heritage Club member by contacting us.

We hope you will give serious consideration to joining our Heritage Club and helping to ensure that the Y will continue to make a strong impact in the lives of community members for generations to come.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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