Our major campaign (2017 - 2024)

More than a fundraising campaign, a Springboard for Life!

Our Major Fundraising Campaign: $20.7M Raised to help our communities shine

The year 2024 was a historic milestone for the YMCA Foundation: the major fundraising campaign—YMCA Springboard for Life—concluded, raising $20.7 million. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, partners, and volunteers, who helped us advance our cause, an important goal was achieved.

This financial injection has notably allowed us to develop key projects that support the transformation and emerging community needs. These projects have made accessing our services easier and allowed us to demonstrate our agility in adapting our services to the changing needs of the population. Investing in the YMCA’s mission allows us to consolidate our impact, innovate, and ensure that we can continue to offer programs and services to the community for years to come.

Since 2017, over 29,000 actions, big and small, supported our mission and cause. The $20.7 million raised will have a substantial impact on making YMCA programs accessible and on our ability to offer our services. . To do this, we will distribute the funds as follows according to our donors’ wishes:

  • Over $10 million to help youth and families access our programs and to support the Y’s mission through structuring projects that reinforce our impact, allow us to innovate, and secure a sustainable future for our programs.
  • $7 million to support our youth programs and offer young people a brighter future.
  • $2 million for a new community and sports centre in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood of Québec City , which opened in 2020.
  • $1 million to promote financial and physical literacy with young people and help them fulfill their potential.

Why launch a major fundraising campaign?

In 2017, many worrying societal issues were raised. These included an elevated school dropout rate, ongoing unemployment among young adults, sedentary lifestyles, technology addiction, an increase in chronic lifestyle diseases even in younger people, and increased marginalization.

The YMCAs of Québec wanted to find ways to address the growing needs of communities affected by these issues and the money raised through this major campaign will allow the organization to support a greater number of people.

To clearly define the campaign’s funding axes and properly address the issues identified, four goals were set:

  • Break down the barriers of inequality
  • Develop children’s potential
  • Reinforce young people’s interest in physical activity
  • Reduce the school dropout rate

The impact of the YMCAs of Québec’s volunteers

Through the engagement of our volunteers, we surpassed our goal!
We are so grateful for their substantial and unwavering commitment.

Click here for more details on the impact.

A huge, heartfelt thank-you to all the donors and volunteers who rallied together to make the YMCA Springboard for Life Campaign a resounding success!

There's still time to contribute. You can help even more youth and families thrive!

Let’s celebrate our volunteers’ contribution!

“This is a collective victory that will benefit communities and families and which has allowed us to rally volunteers from the business community around the YMCA’s cause. These volunteers contributed to completing ambitious projects, which focused on the social inclusion of young people and the creation of diverse communities to offer youth a healthy, active, and respectful environment.”
- Richard Payette | Corporate Director

Richard Payette

“This year marked the YMCA’s third anniversary in Québec City, where its rallying presence has had a big social impact in the community. Our paths have crossed over our shared desire to create welcoming and innovative community spaces in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood and where the values of caring, inclusion, solidarity, and respect have found a home.”
- Geneviève Marcon | GM Développement

Geneviève Marcon

“The results we’re celebrating will allow the YMCA to remain present in our communities for a long time. The needs are there and our work must continue to have a significant impact. The YMCA can count on caring people who work hard and make a difference with youth, families, and newcomers. Long live the Y!”
- Gregory Chrispin | Corporate Director


Campaign Cabinet Members:

  • Mario Bédard | Mallette
  • Daniel Charron | Fondaction
  • Mathieu Duguay | Cogir
  • Jean-François Hanczakowski | National Bank
  • Alexander Watson | RBC Québec

Thank you to our major donors, for their commitment at the Springboard for Life YMCA Campaign

  • Beneva
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Claudine & Stephen Bronfman Family Fondation
  • Cogeco
  • Cogir Real Estate
  • Desjardins
  • Geneviève Marcon et Jean Campeau
  • Groupe Mach
  • iA Financial Group
  • Louis-Marie Beaulieu
  • Manulife
  • McConnell Foundation
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Programme Placement Réussite
  • Québecor
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Standard Life
  • The Birk Family Foundation
  • The Estate of Dr. John and Mrs. Jane Smola
  • The Molson Foundation

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