2023 Annual Report

YMCA of Greater Boston

YMCA of Greater Boston CEO, David Shapiro and General Board Chair, Evelyn Kaupp, reflect on the Y’s impact in 2023

Our Mission

The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body, and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We provide welcoming, belonging, and opportunity for all.

Our Cause 

Founded in 1851, as America’s first Y, the YMCA of Greater Boston strengthens the Greater Boston community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Boston is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We recognize that systemic racism shows up in every aspect of society, creating disparities in health, education, housing, employment, and wealth accumulation.

We will work to eradicate these disparities by building bridges between diverse groups; creating communities free of racism, inequities, and inequality; and offering programs, services, and spaces where everyone is seen, heard and safe. We will demand equity for all.

Bright Futures Begin at the Y

Improving the well-being of all children by working with partners to meet the diverse needs of children and families, ensuring equitable and accessible programs focused on nurturing the potential in every child.

Youth nurtured at our Day and Overnight Camps and our Summer Learning Academies

Teens employed, mentored and engaged in academic enrichment, career exploration, and leadership programs

Children served in before and after school programming and our early education centers

Nurturing a Love for Reading

Every year we celebrate National Read Across America by promoting literacy and enhancing a young child’s love of reading. We believe instilling a love of reading at an early age is a great way to engage our littlest learners. Take a peek at our 2023 celebration.

Learning From Others' Life Experiences

Youth in our Achievers program learn the possibilities for their future from our volunteers.

Background Photo Source: Eastern Bank Foundation/Nate Photography

Focused Fun at Our New Hampshire Overnight Camps

Our New Hampshire Overnight Camps provide an opportunity to form new meaningful relationships and friendships in a setting that encourages belonging while trying new activities and developing important life skills. Find out why our overnight campers don’t have busy brains.

Strengthening Food Security

Ensuring hunger relief for all in Greater Boston with innovative resources to restore health and dignity.

Nutritious meals and pantry items distributed to our community

Healthy meals served year-round and summer to youth under 18 through our partnership with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Grocery bags packed at our Hunger Prevention Center equating to 2,264,084 pounds of food distributed for hunger relief

The Village of Boston Comes Together

Thanksgiving is a time when everyone deserves the opportunity to gather with loved ones and share a meal. Watch our “village” that includes The George Sarkis Group, the American Red Cross, Stop and Shop, Cradles to Crayons, Boston Public Schools and many caring volunteers provide a bountiful Thanksgiving to our community.

YMCA Mobile Market

In 2023 we launched our Mobile Market where people can shop for their own fresh produce and shelf stable items. See how we stock the market and why it is in high demand.

Enhancing Community Well-being

Providing compassionate, community-focused health and wellness through collaborative efforts with partners dedicated to accessible and affordable programs.


Minutes of movement experienced by participants during our “Together We Move” initiative held annually in the fall

Members finding connection and activity to lead healthy lives

Participants supported and connected through daily group exercise classes and chronic disease management programs

Rebuilding Wellness with LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

Helping cancer patients recover with community and care in our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program.

Friends and Competitors

Our “Parkway Picklers” enjoy the community they cultivate through friendly competition that leads to deep friendships off the court.

Empowering Stability

Developing and implementing opportunities that support workforce development and remove barriers to individual and family financial stability and independence.


Invested in Early Childhood Education teacher wages with combined public/private funding from Eastern Bank, Citizens Bank, Neighborhood Jobs Trust, MA Department of Labor, and Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Hospital

Adult learners participated in workforce development and ESOL programs, an increase of 20% from 2022

Families (22 with children under 18) and 67 individuals find a temporary place they can call home in our Families in Transition (FIT) program

Investing in Early Childhood Education Educators

Meet Cassie, one of our early childhood education apprentices, and discover why we invested $1M in early childhood educator wages and started an apprenticeship program for educators this year.

Equity For All

Engaging in important dialogues and programs to shape community initiatives that advance equity and equality across every neighborhood.


Financial assistance provided for YMCA membership, adult education, youth programming, and more


Invested in facility upgrades toward our commitment to providing world-class facilities to everyone we serve

Individuals of all ages gained confidence around water with lifesaving swim lessons at the YMCA

Youth participated in our YMCA Achievers program, which provides academic enrichment, career exploration, and mentoring to teens in grades 7-12

Our Splash Adaptive Swim Program

Young people with disabilities enjoy physical and social activity while learning the lifesaving skill of swimming. 

Celebrating Pride

Watch how we celebrated our LGBTQ+ community on this national day of acceptance and equality.

Doors Are Opened at the YMCA

Be inspired by this video that was featured at our 2023 SPARK! event. Jesalie is the daughter of one of our staff members, and her future is bright because of your generosity!

Allies in Our Cause

Collaborating with like-minded partners to cultivate a culture of inclusion, connection, and belonging across Greater Boston.

Teen Achievers Experience Career Day

Delta Air Lines and Deloitte teach teens that they can love their job and that it's not impossible to achieve their goals.

We Love Our Corporate Neighbors

Delta Air Lines and the YMCA are building a beautiful community from the inside out. 

Mental Health Matters

Doc Wayne, the New England Patriots and the Y focus on the mental health of our children through meaningful interactions and support.

“Pickleball Open” – It's for the Kids

Children from the Y were lucky to learn pickleball skills from the pros during Citizen’s Bank inaugural Pickleball Open.

Working for the Y – Where a Career Becomes a Calling

Creating a respectful and welcoming place to have a fulfilling career where every individual is appreciated for their distinct qualities and their meaningful contributions towards building a strong community.


Salary investment in staff compensation, which equals a 16% increase from 2022


People found fulfilling and meaningful employment at the YMCA of Greater Boston

Staff members were promoted, fulfilling our commitment to professional development and career advancement

Called to be Amazing

We celebrated the accomplishments and anniversaries of our staff by bringing back our Employee Staff Awards and Recognition ceremony.

A Summer Job that Gives Back

Our young camp counselors reflect on the impact and fun they will have with children in our care over the summer at our summer camp staff symposium.

Celebrating Diversity

Demonstrating to our members, participants and staff our commitment to diversity as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through the eyes of one of our Hispanic leaders.

2023 Financial Report

2023 assets and liabilities breakdown
2023 support and revenue chart

2023 Financial Support

In partnership with so many, the Y strengthens communities. Lasting personal and social change is achieved by making a collective investment of time, passion and resources.

As reported in our Form 990, in 2023 91% of every dollar spent went toward programs and services that impact the lives of thousands of children, individuals, and families across Greater Boston. See pie chart for a breakdown of our 2023 programmatic expenses.

We are grateful to our generous supporters for championing the work of the Y in their communities.

91.1% of Our Expenses Directly Support Our Programs and Services

The YMCA of Greater Boston has been ranked among the top four largest Massachusetts nonprofits with the lowest overhead costs by the Boston Business Journal. We are proud that over 90% of our expenses year after year directly support our programs and services.

2023 program expenses chart

2023 Donor List

View our generous donors for this past year.

Leadership & Board

View our Management Team, General Board, Community Advisors and Center Board Leadership.

YMCA Locations

View our YMCA and signature program locations.