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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Your gift to the Y allows students to build leadership skills in a real world context.
Here are just a few of the ways you make a difference in their lives every day:

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“When I started as a freshman at the Y, I was too intimidated to give suggestions on events or disagree with other people's ideas. After three years serving on the executive boards I have learned to trust my own judgment and I am not afraid of criticism.”

-Jane McMahon of Amnesty International, who led Amnesty to raise $1,000 to the University YMCA's Relief from Ebola campaign, which overall provided $20,000 in ebola prevention efforts to Sierra Leone.

“Volunteering at Baphumelele encouraged me even more to go forward with my career plans of working with the youth! This trip showed me again why I have chosen this route.”

-Amber Neal received the University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for International Service and Cause-Driven Leadership for her international service project at Baphumelele Children’s Home in South Africa.

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Lend a helping hand. Your donation of:

$50 sponsors the La Linea Community Helpline, a YMCA program that helps Spanish-speakers bridge the social services gap.

$100 sponsors a leadership workshop for YMCA students and Fred S. Bailey scholars

$250 sponsors one high school student’s college visit with the We Dream Latino Mentorship Program

$500 makes printing two issues of the Green Observer possible.

$1,000 sponsors an exhibition in Murphy Gallery through Art @ the Y.

$3,000 brings important scholars as part of the Friday Forum series.

$5,000 hires student workers to assist staff and to help them get through college!

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To view the financial statement in our most recent annual reports, click here. The University YMCA of the University of Illinois is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.