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To put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was created as a separate and distinct legal entity to receive and maintain a fund(s) of real or personal property, or both, and to use the whole or any part of the income or principle exclusively to support the mission, operations and programs of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.


The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation enables the Y to remain flexible and innovative, responding with timely solutions to the evolving needs of children and families in each of the communities served by local YMCA branches. In 1995, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation to manage the investment and distribution of the endowment of the Y, which was then valued at $14,490,422.

The first gift to the Endowment Fund was made by E.R. Brown, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1919-1934. The will of Mr. Brown established a Trust to pay the YMCA and his church $1,000 annually for maintenance, upkeep and operation. In the intervening years, many gifts have been received from those with similar interests for the continued stability and growth of the Y's service to youth and families of the greater Dallas area. Soon, other generous individuals and families recognized the ability to impact the lives of so many through a gift to the YMCA Foundation.

What the Foundation Supports:

As outlined in our purpose statement, the main goal of the Foundation is to support the mission, operations, and programs of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. In recent years, including 2021, the Foundation Trustees have distributed 5% of the fund, based on a 12-quarter average of the fund corpus. In 2021, this distribution was a little over $1.2 million dollars. Around two thirds of the distributions were directly determined by donor designations to various branches and programs. Part of the designated distributions have included providing approximately 20 four-year college scholarships to graduating seniors with a connection to the YMCA (Past member, participant, volunteer, or staff member).


The other one third of the distributions are dedicated by the Board to support key YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas signature programs for the community, such as:

Board of Trustees:

The Foundation's Board of Trustees is comprised of 15 to 21 individuals elected for three-year terms. These board officials are chosen from former YMCA board members, current YMCA board members and selected community leaders. Gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation are received in accordance with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation Gift Policy. Distribution of funds is limited to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas programs and its branches.

2021 Trustees :

Robert Beecherl
Cheryl Brown
Rebekah Brooker
Dennis Cail
Romit (Romy) Cheema
Matt Copeland
Pat Cowlishaw
Dave Folz, Past Chair
Julia Harman
Debera Hepburn
John Michael Jackson
Torrey Littlejohn
Rodney T. Madden
Mike Mikeska
John Muschalek, Secretary
Daffan Nettle
Larry R. Seedig
Nate St. Clair
Tony Weber, Vice Chair
Kenya Woodruff
Jody Zorn, Chair