Twin Cities YMCA gets a big donation – with a catch

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The Bloomington-Normal YMCA has just been given a $4 million donation. But in an announcement yesterday, they said the money has some strings attached.

The anonymous donor said if they don’t match the $4 million by the end of the year they will not receive any of it.

Since the donation, the YMCA has raised $2.2 million but still falls $1.8 million short.

The reason they are trying to raise money is because the YMCA is teaming up with Easterseals to build a brand new facility on Washington Street. The entire project would cost $16 million. 

Combined with the money they have already raised, these new funds, if matched, would put the YMCA over their benchmark goal, making them able to secure the financial logistics of their project.

They say the current building is a little outdated and it is not entirely ADA compliant.

“The new facility will encompass and go above and beyond ADA requirements,” said Executive Director/CEO, B.J. Wilken. “We are looking to design a facility that’s much more uplifting, inspiring and welcoming.”

Their deadline to meet the goal is Dec. 31. 

YMCA is encouraging the community to help out, or reach out to those they know who can. They believe the new facility will not just enhance their facility but the community around them as well.

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