Ensure the YMCA's legacy.

The Heritage Circle is a critical part of building long-range financial stability for the University YMCA. The Endowment has received gifts for permanent investment since 1952. As of 2016, the University YMCA Board of Trustees has switched to a Socially-Responsible Investment Portfolio to better integrate our investments with our values.It is now crucial to strengthen this long-term support, if the University YMCA is to sustain its work.

You may also be a part of the Heritage Circle by including deferred gifts in your long-range plans. By doing this now, the possible tax advantages to you can increase the value of your estate, enabling you to do much more than you ever dreamed possible.

How to become a member:

Any one of these forms of a current or future planned (deferred) gift is all that is required:

  • Make an outright gift of at least $5,000 in value of money, land, stock, insurance, copyrights, oil rights, letter stock, or an individual fractional interest to the University YMCA Endowment. The Development Office can work with you to create a pledge payment schedule.
  • Make or revise a Will directing an eventual gift to the University YMCA Endowment through a percentage, fixed amount, or contingency statement.
  • Name the University YMCA Endowment as a primary or secondary beneficiary of a new or existing insurance policy.
  • Create a Charitable Remainder Unitrust or an Annuity Trust, a Pooled Life Income, a Charitable Gift Annuity, a Short-Term Trust, a Life Estate or Bank Deposit that eventually directs all or a portion of the principal to the University YMCA Endowment.

How to indicate your interest:

We are so happy to talk with you more! Please e-mail the Development Director, Emily Cross, at emily@universityymca.org. 

Heritage Circle Dinner:

To show our appreciation, members of the Heritage Circle are honored each year at an informal dinner party. We would love to have you as our guest. The Chicago dinner is on October 1, 2017 at 5pm. The Champaign dinner is on November 8, 2017 at 5:30pm. Please e-mail emily@universityymca.org if you are interested in attending.