Strong Kids Annual Campaign and Project 130

Our annual fundraising campaigns help ensure that everyone in the Iowa Great Lakes area has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility at the Bedell Family YMCA and Camp Foster YMCA. We know that 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 can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and a huge impact on each individual we serve.

2020 Strong Kids Celebration Fundraiser
Where: the Roof Garden
When: April 3, 2020
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In-Kind Donations

Camp Foster YMCA and the Bedell Family YMCA accept donations of items and services that we would normally have to provide. Giving an in-kind donation helps everyone by keeping costs low, filling a gap, and allowing us to stretch our resources to expand our services and offerings.

Suggested items: Gas Powered Golf Cart, Multi-Passenger Vehicle, STEM Supplies, Garden Supplies, Newer Speedboat, Healthy individually wrapped snacks for School-Age Childcare, Fitness Equipment, Sports Equipment, Coffee supplies, etc.


Donations to assist the Y with facility improvements or equipment purchases are needed. Here are some recent and upcoming vital capital projects: Character Center, Water Heater replacement, Lobby Renovation, Pool Renovation including new starting blocks, Locker Room Upgrades, Camp Foster Bathhouse Renovation. Receiving gifts to fund our capital needs will position us manage our assets and resources to better strengthen our communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility!

Endowment and the Heritage Club

Join others to leave a legacy for generations to come. Give today to one of our endowment funds or as a part of our Heritage Club/Legacy Giving. Gifts to one of our endowment funds allows the Y to use the interest earnings to support programs that benefit kids and families in our communities. A gift through your estate is considered Legacy Giving and can have a lasting impact for our future! Take advantage of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit through your gifts to the Y!

View the Heritage Club Brochure!

Tile Campaign

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive. tile-325x325Anchored in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence, not just to promise, but to deliver a lasting personal change.

The Bedell Family YMCA, since 2005, is positioned deeply in the community as the hub of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Membership continues to grow! We are impacting hundreds of families on a daily basis – strengthening the foundations of our community. Your legacy can be forever branded on the wall of the YMCA with a building tile. The funds raised from these tiles will help pay off the remaining building pledge of the Bedell Family YMCA, and ensure a brighter future for our community in years to come. This is a fun, unique opportunity that will allow you to become a permanent part of our Y community.