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West Suburban Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc. (dba West Suburban YMCA)

 276 Church Street
 Newton, MA 02458
[P] (617) 244-6050 x 3099
[F] (617) 9648472
Sara Pollock DeMedeiros
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EIN 04-2104783

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA West Suburban YMCA
Former Names Newton YMCA (1980)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit organization that welcomes all by creating a community that serves individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

Mission Statement

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit organization that welcomes all by creating a community that serves individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $7,724,468.00
Projected Expense $7,533,056.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Active Older Adults

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit organization that welcomes all by creating a community that serves individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

Background Statement

Founded in 1877, the West Suburban YMCA has over 13,000 members and program participants, and serves communities just west of Boston with day and resident camps in Newton, Wayland and East Brookfield, MA.  YMCAs' strength is in the people they bring together. The West Suburban YMCA consists of a volunteer board who sets policy for its executive, who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders. The West Suburban YMCA meets local community needs through organizational activities and programs. Every Y program and activity nurtures the healthy development of children and teens; strengthens families; and makes its community a healthier, safer, better place to live. YMCA programs are tools for building the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Longtime leaders in community-based health and fitness and aquatics, Ys teach kids to swim, offer exercise classes for people with disabilities and lead adult aerobics. They also offer hundreds of other programs in response to community needs, including camping, child care (the Y movement is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider), teen clubs, environmental programs, substance abuse prevention, youth sports, family nights, job training, international exchange and many more. Organization: The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable nonprofit, qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. There are 2,660 independent YMCA's in the U.S. YMCAs are required by the national constitution to pay annual dues, to refrain from discrimination and to support the YMCA mission. All other decisions are local choices, including programs offered, staffing and style of operation. The national office, called the YMCA of the USA, is in Chicago International: YMCAs are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 30 million people. Some 230 local US Ys maintain more than 370 relationships with Ys in other countries, operate international programs and contribute to YMCA work worldwide through the YMCA World Service campaign. Like other national YMCA movements, the YMCA of the USA is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. History: The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 by George Williams and about a dozen friends who lived and worked as clerks in a drapery a forerunner of dry-goods and department stores. Their goal was to help young men like themselves find God. The first members were evangelical Protestants who prayed and studied the Bible as an alternative to vice. The Y movement has always been nonsectarian and today accepts those of all faiths at all levels of the organization, despite its unchanging name, the Young Men's Christian Association. The first U.S. YMCA started in Boston in 1851, the work of Thomas Sullivan, a retired sea captain who was a lay missionary. Ys spread fast and soon were serving boys and older men as well as young men. Although 5,145 women worked in YMCA military canteens in World War I, it wasn't until after World War II that women and girls were admitted to full membership and participation in the US YMCAs. Today half of all YMCA members and program members are female, and half are under age 18.

Impact Statement

In 2018, we serve more individuals and families, provide more community benefits and financial aid, have more strategic partners, and are more involved in the community that any time in our history. In 2017 we distributed over $450,000 in financial assistance to deserving families and individuals in and around the Newton area. By June 2018, we were already close to matching the 2017 total dollars. Furthermore, our distributed financial aid funds have more than tripled since 2015 and our membership rates have increased similarly in the same time period. This demonstrates both our commitment to keep and the community's perception of the West Suburban YMCA as a center accessible to all.
Our board has set an ambitious strategic plan that seeks to: 
    • Refine existing and implement new programming to reduce social isolation through initiatives that build relationships and a sense of belonging while also reducing barriers.
    • Help community members of all ages lead healthy lifestyles with focus on disease prevention and recovery initiatives.
    • Reducing barriers to member on-boarding and program delivery by leveraging technology which will in turn enhance the member experience.
    • Build a philanthropic culture to support continued investments and create systems that encourage family engagement, particularly with our camps.
    • Incorporate the principles of diversity and inclusion in leadership, staff, programs and strategies.

Needs Statement

The West Suburban YMCA identified four core needs to achieve its strategic goals:

Funding to continue and grow its financial aid program

Subsidies for programs for seniors, adaptive programming, and childcare in particular

The development of a stable system to enhance our volunteer engagement efforts

Staffing resources and incentives to increase staff retention, particularly among part-time employees

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The West Suburban YMCA serves families and children just west of Boston, MA, as well as outlying communities all along the Mass Pike as far west as Worcester. The service area includes Newton, Watertown, Belmont, Wellesley, and Weston. It manages two off-site summer camps including the day camp Chickami and Wayland and resident camp Frank A. Day in East Brookfield, MA, which serves children from throughout New England,  the mid-Atlantic region, and other countries.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Young Men's or Women's Associations
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Active Older Adults

This program offers active older adults (55+) in our community opportunities for socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation. Participants have access to a monthly calendar of low or no-impact group exercise classes, monthly Tea and Talk events often led by a guest speaker, board game days, and monthly field trips, and monthly guided meditation. These programs are offered to our senior members at no cost with the exception of the field trips which we strive to keep at minimal costs to the participants.
Budget  $39,000.00
Category  Mutual, Membership Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  Our Active Older Adults program began over 15 years ago and has blossomed over the past three years such that many of the group exercise classes now occur on our basketball court (our largest group exercise indoor space) to accommodate the number of participants. The Tea and Talk program is approaching its first anniversary and the board games group has expanded from just those playing Bridge to other mentally stimulating games such as Mahjong or Dominoes. In 2017, the West Suburban YMCA hosted Newton's first fair for senior services in our gymnasium. The Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce in 2017 also awarded our CEO and President, Jack Fucci, the Theodore Mann Award for our commitment to providing these opportunities for seniors. This award was presented by former mayor Setti Warren at the 2017 Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
Program Long-Term Success  With an awareness of the constraints of the existing Newton Senior Center, the West Suburban YMCA is committed to partnering with the city to ensure space continues to exist for the senior population. We are already seeing an increase in participants and predict these trends to continue as long as the Newton Senior Center continues to operate at or near capacity. We wish to be able to expand our capacity to help alleviate their burden which will in turn increase our needs for resources.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Nacha and Dick Mallon are long-time members of the West Suburban YMCA and have offered this testimonial:

We’ve been members at the Y for more than a quarter of a century and have taken a great number of different classes and activities.

We’re in our nineties now, but still come three days a week for aqua-aerobics and personal training. We feel extremely welcome and at home here. The staff is so friendly and it’s easy to form friendships. What we love the most though is the universal approach to serve everyone, from six months to their nineties, no matter where they are from or what their abilities are. We’ll come up the back stairs sometimes, just to go past the Kids Corner to see the children playing. They’ll smile and wave through the window. To see young people enjoying themselves and being active- it’s an inspiration and it’s invigorating. Their energy helps keep us young. Parents must appreciate the after school programs that keeps them out of the streets.

At this point in our lives, we could stay at home, or move to a senior living facility. But there are three things that we can’t find anywhere else, so we stay. Those three things? Our house, our doctor, and our Y.

The Y is indispensable and gives a service to the community that the City of Newton should be proud of. We’re proud too- this is our Y.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jack Fucci
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Theodore Mann Award Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce 2017
Excellence in Facilities YMCA of USA 2007


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 31
Number of Part Time Staff 374
Number of Volunteers 667
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 23
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 21
Caucasian: 48
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Two or more races
Gender Female: 59
Male: 41
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Gloria Gavris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Board Chair Term June 2017 - May 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Albie Alvarez-Cote Financial Independence Institute Voting
Robert Arrieta J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC Voting
Robert Bachman Fidelity Investments Voting
Ms. Sandra Butzel Decisions for Positive Change Exofficio
Max de Groen Bain Capital Voting
Gloria Gavris Esq. Community Volunteer Voting
Andrew Gluck Underwood School --
Aaron Goldman Harvard University Voting
Frederick Greene Center Realty Group Voting
Ellen Grody Brandeis University Voting
Martha Hanlon Philanthropy Professional Voting
Rhanna Kidwell Community Volunteer Voting
Shana Maldonado Community Volunteer --
Fredrick Mann Educational consultant Voting
Amy McNight Fazen Community Volunteer --
Ned Morse MA Senior Care --
Peter Nurczynski Community Volunteer Voting
Janice Rogers Partners Healthcare System, Inc. --
Peter Simshauser Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates Voting
Susan Stern M.D. Community Volunteer Voting
Jeff Tucker The Village Bank --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $7,724,468.00
Projected Expense $7,533,056.00
Form 990s

2017 WSYMCA 990

2016 WSYMCA 990

2015 WSYMCA 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $7,835,994 $7,498,878 $6,805,641
Total Expenses $7,602,420 $7,455,023 $6,871,175

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $84,435 $77,973 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $84,435 $77,973 --
Individual Contributions $290,236 $354,312 $359,475
Indirect Public Support $3,269 $1,030 $5,000
Earned Revenue $7,201,489 $6,787,456 $6,598,720
Investment Income, Net of Losses $112,507 $133,000 $72,084
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $106,789 $126,128 $77,215
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $37,269 $18,979 $-306,853

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $6,182,222 $6,072,358 $5,522,871
Administration Expense $1,163,947 $1,089,034 $1,085,451
Fundraising Expense $256,251 $293,631 $262,853
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.01 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 81% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 53% 52% 60%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $13,816,704 $13,531,048 $13,543,208
Current Assets $2,260,849 $1,794,798 $2,169,851
Long-Term Liabilities $1,946,423 $2,017,463 $1,981,558
Current Liabilities $5,412,655 $5,481,150 $5,644,825
Total Net Assets $6,457,626 $6,032,435 $5,916,825

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $546,013.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.42 0.33 0.38

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 14% 15% 15%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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