Gallatin Valley YMCA
Gallatin Valley YMCA
FAQs

FAQs

How Did The Gallatin Valley YMCA Begin?

The Gallatin Valley YMCA began in the spring of 2000 with the birth of a child and a desire to honor a grandparent who found his way within the walls of a YMCA six decades earlier. Inspired by both, co-founders Bratton and Kelly DuBose reached out to YMCA National Headquarters to inquire about starting a YMCA in the Gallatin Valley. These important details demonstrate the foundation of our mission--to provide a community center where people of all ages can grow and play together.
Upon receiving the hefty manila envelope packed with paperwork, the first community meetings were held, leaders were interviewed, and a core group of luminaries formed the first executive committee. In 2003 we launched a Founder's Campaign raising $250,000. This enabled us to develop simple, collaborative programs including sandlot baseball, flag football, Easter egg hunts and a 4-H partnership. We brought our first CEO on board and were granted our official charter from Y-USA in 2006.
Through negotiations spearheaded by Mr. DuBose, the Gallatin Valley YMCA received a 60-year lease of 17 acres nestled in the 100-acre park in Regional Park in Bozeman. In 2008, Mr. DuBose secured an anonymous donation of $1 million dollars that allowed us to purchase seven additional acres adjacent to the leased land.
The Gallatin Valley YMCA currently serves the youth in communities reaching as far as Livingston and Three Forks to West Yellowstone and Big Timber through a variety of character-building programs including flag football, basketball, summer day and out-of-school camps, healthy living programs, dance and teen leadership programs. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are proud to provide scholarships to families in need, ensuring that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.

How Does The Y Support Itself?

The YMCA is a 501C(3) not-for-profit organization that supports itself through charitable contributions, membership dues and program fees. As a not-for-profit, the YMCA must direct any and all revenue back into the organization to help our community.

Do You Have A Facility?

The Gallatin Valley YMCA has a small office facility located at 514 South 23rd where we hold some of our programs such as Dance or After School Programs, but we rent most spaces from partners throughout the valley to run a wide variety of programs such as flag football, basketball or swim lessons.
If you have lived in other areas of the country, you know that YMCA’s are great places for the community to keep fit with gyms, pools, fitness areas and child care facilities. Although our office facility does not offer a pool or gym space, we have secured land in the 100-acre Regional Park and have initiated a capital campaign to begin construction of a new YMCA that will serve as a great place for the community to grow, learn and thrive.

What does my YMCA membership include?

Becoming a member and supporting your Gallatin Valley YMCA is easy and affordable. Annual memberships offer you many benefits including:

How Does The YMCA Raise Funds?

Each year the Gallatin Valley YMCA secures funds from individuals, community partners, foundations and corporate sponsors to ensure quality affordable programming is available to all and that every family/child wishing to participate in our programs may do so regardless of their ability to pay.
Alongside our family fund raising event in March, The SnowBall, the YMCA Board, Staff and community volunteers work side-by-side on our annual Strong Kids Campaign. All of the funds raised through the SnowBall and the Strong Kids Campaign go directly towards supporting the YMCA’s financial assistance program.
In March, the YMCA holds a family fund raising dinner dance called the SnowBall with all funds going directly to underwrite our financial assistance program, which ensures that the YMCA may continue to offer all our programs to each and every child regardless of ability to pay.
Periodically throughout each year, the YMCA gains opportunities with partners to hold other fund raising events that further supplement our programs and financial assistance program.

Why we fund raise?

At the YMCA, our most important goal has always been to enrich the lives of kids, teens and families in our community. Your Gallatin Valley YMCA not only provides essential programs for our families and youth, such as summer camp programs for working parents or recreational and leadership programs for teens, it also gives families the opportunity to bond while participating in healthy, fun activities designed to create healthy lifestyles and memories that last a lifetime.
Although the YMCA does charge nominal program fees for some of our activities, unfortunately program fees do not cover all the costs involved in offering quality, safe and fun programs for our community. Typically each participant in one of the YMCA programs is subsidized. We do this to keep our fees as low as possible so that all can participate.
For those that are unable to afford even our low fees, the Gallatin Valley YMCA offers financial assistance to anyone demonstrating need. Through the generosity of our donors, our annual Strong Kids Campaign and fund raising events, we will continue to grow our programs to meet the needs of our community. It is our pledge that within the available resources of the Gallatin Valley YMCA, we will provide services for any youth or adult who desires to participate, regardless of their ability to pay.

Who Contributes to the YMCA?

Locally the YMCA receives support form a wide variety of sources. Individuals, families and businesses also make annual contributions to perpetuate the organization that serves them well. The YMCA utilizes funds available from foundations, from charitable partners and from fund raising sources as well. Our main support really comes from the families and people who participate in our programs because they know best the difference the Y can make.

Who Controls the YMCA’s Finances?

The YMCA’s Board of Directors, working with the Y staff oversees all aspects of the YMCA’s finances. The YMCA’s executive staff develops an annual budget that is approved by the YMCA Board of Directors. The YMCA CEO, Associate Director and staff oversee the daily financial transactions and report regularly to the Board. Ever year, the YMCA completes their IRS 990 with a certified accounting firm and must comply with all financial policies and review by Y-USA and compliance agencies.

How Do I Become More Involved in The YMCA?

As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer-led organizations in the Gallatin Valley, the Y is a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We offer opportunities for individuals, families and organizations an opportunity volunteer in ways that let you connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in the community you live in and care about.
There are many different roles for volunteering at the Y:
At the Y we believe volunteering should be an enjoyable opportunity and we will work with you to find the perfect fit for the gifts you can offer. It is through the commitment and dedication of volunteers that the Y achieves its mission every day. Together, we'll change lives and change our community.

Office Location

3673 Love Lane
Bozeman, MT 59718

Mailing Address

PO Box 10158
Bozeman, MT 59719

Phone

406-994-9622

Hours

M-F 5:30am-9pm
Sat 6am-8pm
Sun 12pm-6pm