The Y. For a better us.

2020 Annual Campaign

Goal $145,000

You know the challenges that we face in Santa Monica. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. Playing outside has become a rarity. Face time happens through a phone. And instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.

But where society falls short, the Y – and donors like you – step in. Together we make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and a huge impact on each individual we serve.

After 78 years of serving Santa Monica, the Y understands what our community needs to be its best. Working with generous donors like you, the Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, and contribute to a better community. Everything the Y does is in service of making us – as individuals and a community – better.

Please support the Santa Monica Family YMCA annual campaign to raise the charitable funds needed to address these critical issues. Every dollar donated stays local and has a lasting impact on the people of Santa Monica. Your gift will build a better us by ensuring that the Y’s doors are open to all. Your support helps 2,500 youth, adults, seniors and families live healthier and happier lives. It enables kids to have a life-changing experience at camp. It engages seniors with opportunities to connect with others. It provides lifesaving water safety instruction for at-risk youth, it supports cancer survivors with wellness recovery, and it does so much more.

This is your opportunity to make a difference with the Y as your partner, standing with you to strengthen our community. Make a donation today, and take your first step in making a difference and building a better us. For more information, please visit

For a better you. For a better community. For a better us.


10 Ways to Make a Difference:

#1       Safety Around Water – $60 provides lifesaving water safety instruction for an at-risk youth.

#2       Afterschool Care – $570 provides one child a safe, enriching environment to learn, grow and thrive during the critical hours after school.

#3       Youth Sports – $130 empowers a child to learn to be a team player, and gain confidence and skills to last a lifetime.

#4       Day Camp – $500 provides one child with a variety of imaginative activities to stay engaged and discover more about themselves and the world around them during the summer.

#5       Swim Lessons – $95 empowers a youth with vital swimming skills that emphasizes safety, builds confidence, and fosters a healthy lifestyle.

#6       LIVESTRONG at the Y – $250 enables a cancer survivor reclaim their health and well-being and build supportive relationships with others.

#7       Youth & Government – $1,750 invests in the development of one teen to gain leadership skills, build confidence and become a change maker for our future.

#8       YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program – $429 sponsors one adult to participate in a year-long evidence based program that helps reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by learning to make healthy lifestyle choices.

#9       Resident Camp – $550 gives one child a life-changing outdoor experience for a week at Camp Big Bear, where they will gain a greater sense of independence, an appreciation of nature and build friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

#10     Membership Support – $540 covers the cost of membership for a senior for one year, to gain strength, remain active, engage with friends and have a place to “belong”.


Every dollar donated to the Santa Monica Family YMCA has a lasting impact on the people of Santa Monica.  For more information, contact Ana-Marie Schaefer, COO at or (310)393-2721 ext. 140.