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by Kristen Hogan | Dec 16, 2020

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YMCA of the Capital Area Receives Largest Known Unrestricted Gift in Its History

[Baton Rouge, La, December 16, 2020] – The YMCA of the Capital Area announced today it is a recipient of a transformational gift made possible by national philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Her gift and acknowledgement will support the YMCA of the Capital Area in its continued efforts to fulfill its Strategic Plan.

Christian Engle, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Capital Area said, “We are deeply grateful and honored to be selected as a recipient of Ms. Scott’s generosity. 2020 has been a trying year for our community and the Y.  When an individual of Ms. Scott’s stature recognizes your work in this manner, it is a validation that you are truly having an impact on your community.  Her donation, along with the continued support of our community, will enable us to continue our efforts to address health inequity, food insecurity, youth education, and social isolation.”

In response to the pandemic, the YMCA of the Capital Area – which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016 - ramped up its ongoing support of vital community services. The Y offered childcare services for essential personnel, provided a virtual learning environment to assist children in our region’s school systems, gave thousands of free meals to children ages 18 and under, and created access to virtual programming throughout the community in support of each individual’s health and wellness needs.  The Y has since formed several partnerships and launched a health initiative to support communities at highest risk, working to address food insecurity, and enhanced its existing youth education programs. 

“We celebrate this gift with our community partners, as this donation will directly impact the communities we serve, particularly the underserved areas of the greater Baton Rouge area,” said Chris Spencer, Board Chair of the YMCA of the Capital Area. “This gift will make a major impact on the lives of many in our community, as we continue to strengthen the services we offer in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.”

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, the Y relies on its donors, membership, and program fees to sustain the Y. Since the pandemic has negatively impacted the Y’s ability to fully serve the community, this donation will help stabilize the infrastructure of the organization while providing the needed funding to expand community outreach initiatives. 

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