Donate & Make a Difference


Offers children the opportunity to learn life-changing water safety skills through 7 weeks of swim lessons, or a chance to build confidence and self esteem through a gymnastics or youth sports program.


Can send one child to summer camp for a week. This support allows families in need to afford Y Camp offering children a safe place to go while parents work.


Enables 5 children to participate in our Youth Basketball League and thus begin a healthier lifestyle, develop teamwork skills and grow into a healthy adult.


Builds a strong family foundation by providing two family memberships and one year’s worth of youth programming for families of four.


The Tri-Cities Family YCMA is more than just a gym…it’s a cause. A cause that with your generous support, will continue to strengthen the community. When you give to the Y, your gift will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of community in the Tri-Cities. Together, we’ll take on many of the greatest challenges facing our young people, our health and the Tri-Cities.

There are many ways you can support the Y and just a few are listed below. Please contact our Philanthropy and Administrative Coordinator, Elizabeth Huisman, to explore how you can get involved in making our community and our youth stronger and healthier.

  • Support our Annual Campaign with a gift
  • Support the Miss Mary Preschool Scholarship Fund
  • Sponsor a child to join a Youth Basketball League team
  • Send a child to summer day camp for a week
  • Join our “Round-Up Club” and round up your monthly membership draft

2019 Annual Campaign

Donating to the Annual Campaign directly supports local children, adults and families, providing everyone with the opportunity to experience the Y through financial assistance. Your gift will provide funding for water safety, after school programs, summer camp, preschool, fitness classes, nutrition education and so much more! Click here to donate and make a lasting difference. Stories like Frank’s, shown below, remind us why the Y is such an important part of a healthy, vibrant, community. 

Why We Do What We Do

As a nonprofit, the Tri-Cities Family YMCA’s mission is to strengthen community.  Each day, we work together alongside our neighbors to make a meaningful impact on everyone who walks through our doors.  It is thanks to our volunteers and generous donors who give to our Annual Campaign that we are able to transform lives in our community.  Your generous support keeps the Y available for those who need us most.

How We Live Our Cause

We use your gift to make an essential, lasting impact right in your neighborhood.

We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a brighter future for the Tri-Cities area, but we must take action today, and only your support will make it possible.  Please click the Donate button at the top of the page and help us to achieve our goal of $50,000 in campaign donations.

OUR PROMISE:  No one, living in our service area, will ever be turned away due to inability to pay.  Our Annual Campaign provides the funding necessary to ensure that our community’s children have access to the YMCA programs they need and deserve.  Please help us keep our promise.

The Tri-Cities Family YMCA is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. We make sure that 100% of your contribution stays right here in your own neighborhood.  If you have questions about your charitable gifts, please consult your tax advisor. Thank you!

Corporate Matching Gifts

Do you want to double the impact your donation to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA makes? Many employers offer programs where your contribution to the Y is matched, dollar for dollar, by your corporation or its charitable foundation. Matching programs are a great way for companies or foundations to help support their employees’ charities, while nonprofit organizations like the Tri-Cities Family YMCA get the benefit of a doubled donation.

Every company or foundation handles their matching program differently. Sometimes employees must fill out a company form and offer proof of the donation. Others require a mini-grant application and more specific documentation from the charity. Still others collect your contribution through periodic payroll deductions, and the total gift — including the corporate match — is sent directly to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA by the company/foundation.

No matter the process, we are here to help make the process easy. We have found that you should first contact your company or foundation to determine their specific steps for matching.  In many situations, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Get a Match for Your Gift to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Obtain a matching gift form from your human resources department.
  2. Fill out the employee section of the form and send it to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.
  3. The YMCA will complete the form and return it to your employer for processing. Your company will send its matching donation directly to the YMCA and we will notify you when it arrives.

For more information about workplace matching gifts, or if you need the YMCA to fill out a form, send a letter, or complete an application, contact Greg Coil (616) 842-7051 or via email at


The Torch Society  Torch 300DPI web

At the past 50th Anniversary Board Alumni Dinner, past board chair Dr. Walt Weber announced to the group of former Tri-Cities Family YMCA board members, the Y has formed a planned giving program to help support programs, services and scholarships for many, many years to come.

Known as the “Torch Society”, the society recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Tri-Cities Family YMCA as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift. The purpose is to acknowledge and thank those who have made these gifts and to encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Members of the Torch Society will be recognized in many different ways at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. In addition, we will hold a special reception for the Torch Society members each year, and society members may be included in other special functions at the YMCA as well.

Joining the Torch Society

First, arrange or alter an existing planned gift to benefit the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.  Second, inform the Tri-Cities Family YMCA by submitting the Torch Society form.

We will not ask how much is being left to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. You are, however, encouraged to discuss your gift with us to help us comply with your wishes. Your gift will be endowed, in part, through our existing fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation allowing the Y to continue strong financial growth for many, many years to come. Your instructions can be changed at any time with a simple phone call or visit to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

Bequests from a will are the most common way to leave a gift to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA; however, some have made the Y the beneficiary of a 401K/IRA plan or insurance policy. Others have established a Charitable Gift Annuity or a Charitable Remainder Trust in favor of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, or used other methods.   All qualify a person or couple for membership in the Torch Society.