YMCA Alaska, Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fitness, Community Center, Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility




The YMCA of ALASKA is excited to announce the relaunch of its prestigious Heritage Club. The Heritage Club plays a crucial role in ensuring the continuity and expansion of our valuable programs and services. By becoming a member of the Heritage Club you will be joining an exclusive group of supporters who recognize the importance of the YMCA’s mission and are committed to investing in its future.



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When you choose to make a planned gift to the Y, you are actively contributing to the long-term sustainability of its programs and initiatives. Whether it’s providing scholarships for underprivileged children, supporting health and wellness programs for all ages, or creating a safe space for community engagement, your planned gift ensures that the Y can continue its mission for generations to come.

Planned giving is a powerful way to leave a lasting impact on the causes and organizations you care about most. By incorporating charitable giving into your estate plans, you can create a meaningful legacy that extends far beyond your lifetime. 

Leaving a legacy through planned giving allows you to have a profound impact on the Y’s ability to serve the community. It allows you to align your personal values with the organization’s goals and make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals who rely on the Y’s services.


By joining the YMCA Heritage Club you’ll be making a lasting difference and ensure that our YMCA can continue to serve communities for generations to come.

The YMCA Heritage Club is a very special group of people who have chosen to have a lasting impact on the YMCA of Alaska. When you make an endowment gift you are invited to join the YMCA Heritage Club.

Membership in the Heritage Club simply requires a commitment of a gift now or in the future to ensure a strong YMCA for future generations. Gifts will be allocated to the Endowment Fund, with annual distributions determined by the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Alaska. The Heritage Club meets annually to enjoy the fellowship of new and current members and receive updates on programs and services assisted through the endowment fund.


When planning a pathway that will lead to your personal legacy, you can feel confident a gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund will be a gift that lasts a lifetime building strong kids, families and communities.

Bequest Donations

Making a bequest donation to support the YMCA Heritage Club is a powerful and meaningful way to contribute to the enduring legacy of the YMCA. Your generous bequest will help ensure that the YMCA can continue to provide essential programs and services to individuals and communities in need, both now and in the future. Your donation will be allocated towards various initiatives, such as expanding access to affordable childcare and after-school programs, supporting youth development and leadership programs, promoting healthy living and wellness initiatives, and providing financial assistance to individuals and families who may not have the means to fully participate in YMCA activities. By leaving a bequest to the YMCA Heritage Club, you are making a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, helping them build strong foundations and reach their full potential. Your support will help the YMCA continue to inspire and empower individuals of all backgrounds, ensuring a brighter and more inclusive future for generations to come.

Charitable gift annuity/trust

Making a charitable gift, annuity, or trust to support the YMCA Heritage Club can have a profound impact on the YMCA and the community we serves. Your contribution will help sustain and expand the vital programs and services offered by the YMCA, ensuring that individuals of all ages and backgrounds have access to resources that promote health, personal growth, and community engagement. By providing financial support through a charitable gift, annuity, or trust, you are helping to fund scholarships for children who may not have the means to participate in YMCA programs, support the development of new facilities and equipment, and invest in the recruitment and training of dedicated staff who make the YMCA a welcoming and inclusive environment. Your generosity will enable the YMCA to continue its mission of strengthening communities and transforming lives, ensuring that future generations can benefit from the positive impact of this outstanding organization.

Beneficiary Designations

Designating a beneficiary for your assets is a powerful way to support the YMCA Heritage Club and ensure our continued success in making a positive impact on our community. By naming the YMCA as a beneficiary, you are making a lasting contribution towards our mission of promoting health, wellness, and community development. Your designation helps provide financial resources that enable the YMCA to maintain and expand our programs, facilities, and services, ultimately reaching more individuals and families in need. Whether it’s supporting youth development, providing scholarships for underprivileged children, or offering resources for senior citizens, your beneficiary designation plays a crucial role in sustaining the YMCA’s invaluable work. Additionally, by including the YMCA in your estate planning, you become a part of a remarkable legacy, leaving behind a positive imprint for generations to come. Your decision to support the YMCA through beneficiary designation showcases your commitment to the well-being of others and leaves a lasting impact on your community.

Life Insurance

Life insurance can play a significant role in supporting the YMCA Heritage Club and its mission. By designating the YMCA as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, you can ensure that your legacy continues to positively impact your community. The funds received from the life insurance policy can be used to support various programs and initiatives offered by the YMCA, such as scholarships for underprivileged children, facility renovations and upgrades, and the development of new programs to promote health and wellness. Additionally, your life insurance policy can provide financial security for your loved ones while also allowing you to leave a lasting impact on an organization that has been serving the community for generations. By joining the YMCA Heritage Club through your life insurance policy, you become a part of a legacy of individuals who are committed to the betterment of their community and the lives of others.

Real Property

Donating property to the YMCA Heritage Club can have a significant impact on our organization’s ability to serve our community and continue our mission for years to come. When you choose to donate property, you are not only providing a valuable asset to the YMCA, but you are also contributing to the overall growth and development of your community. The YMCA is able to use donated property to expand our facilities, create new programs, and enhance our services to better meet the needs of the community. Additionally, donating property can provide potential tax benefits for the donor, making it a win-win situation for both parties involved. By donating property to the YMCA Heritage Club, you are leaving a lasting legacy that will positively impact the lives of individuals and families for generations to come.

Memorial Gift

Your memorial gift will play a crucial role in supporting the YMCA Heritage Club, ensuring that our mission and legacy continue to thrive for generations to come. By choosing to make a memorial gift, you are honoring the memory of a loved one while also making a meaningful impact on the lives of countless individuals within your community. Your generous contribution will help fund various programs and initiatives offered by the YMCA, such as providing scholarships for underprivileged children to attend summer camps, offering financial assistance for families to access vital wellness programs, and supporting the maintenance and preservation of  YMCA buildings. Through your memorial gift, you are not only preserving the rich heritage of the YMCA but also empowering individuals of all ages to learn, grow, and lead healthier lives. Your support will leave a lasting legacy of hope, resilience, and community for years to come.


The Mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


We envision our nonprofit organization – in partnership with others – as an intergenerational community hub with programs, services, and resources available to all persons, regardless of status or ability to pay, that will enable them to improve their quality of life.


The Y is an all-inclusive organization dedicated to making an impact through life-changing services and programs that make our community stronger than yesterday by giving promise for a better future and providing a safe place where everyone belongs.

To learn more about the Heritage Club and how you can contribute to the Endowment Fund Contact: Larry Parker or Robyn Cordova Olivas

Call (907)563-3211 or E-Mail heritageclub@ymcaalaska.org


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1950’s The Anchorage Community YMCA became incorporated as a non-profit in 1967.  Prior to its incorporation, the Community YMCA had been operating community programs as a branch of the Armed Services YMCA in the community since the mid 1950’s. The Anchorage Community YMCA began offering programs in the community in 1956 as an extension of the Armed Services YMCA.  Ian Anderson was the first Director who was a staff team of two and over a hundred volunteers who operated the following programs: Hi-Y, Tri-Y, summer resident camp at Kings Lake and summer fun clubs, 10-week arts & craft clubs, music class and the beginning of the Y Men’s Club
1967 By 1967 Anchorage Community YMCA programs had outgrown the Armed Services YMCA and became its own incorporated organization.  The YMCA operated out of a building located downtown Anchorage (was the Covenant House) until the early 1970’s.  The YMCA moved its office to a storefront located on Tudor Road when there was not much there
1974 In 1974, Jim and Joan Flood donated a piece of property (Jay Flood Memorial Park) to the YMCA on which to construct a new facility.  The fund drive began and the current facility on Lake Otis was opened in 1978
2014 In 2014, the addition began. Adding on an additional 5,000 sq. ft. including a 2nd floor state of the art fitness center.
2018 In 2018, the YMCA of Alaska opened it’s second location, Southside YMCA at Dimond. Taking over the space occupied prior by the Dimond Athletic Club in the Dimond Center.