YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Simmons YMCA

My Y Pricing Overview

Find answers to questions about what MY Y Pricing is, why the YMCA of Greater Charlotte made the change and more.

What is My Y Pricing?
Why did the YMCA of Greater Charlotte change rates?
How were the My Y Pricing rates determined and by whom?
Why do you adjust membership rates for households with an annual income between $0 and $80,000?
How did you come up with the membership rate?
When did the new rates take effect?
Does My Y Pricing also offer special rates for programs based on income?
I don't qualify for an adjusted rate in the My Y Pricing structure.  Is my rate helping pay for someone else?
My Y is already crowded, isn't this going to make it even more crowded?
Is the YMCA a non-profit?

Q:  What is My Y Pricing?

A:  My Y Pricing is the YMCA's rate structure designed to help us fulfill our mission to serve all by being affordable, logical and relevant.

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Q:  Why did the YMCA of Greater Charlotte change rates?

A:  In a comprehensive research study of the Charlotte area, we discovered gaps in our membership related to affordability.  As a result, we are adapting our pricing structure to provide membership at levels our research indicates are logical and affordable.

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Q:  How were the My Y Pricing rates determined and by whom?

A:  Our research evaluated the affordability, price sensitivity and value of the YMCA according to real Y members and non-members of various income levels. This research led us to rates that were tested, set and approved by staff and volunteer leaders of our YMCA.

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Q:  Why do you adjust membership rates for households with an annual income between $0 and $80,000?

A:  Our research discovered a need to make Y membership more affordable to those households making less than $80,000 annually.

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Q:  How did you come up with my membership rate?

A:  Using research as our guide, we set membership rates based on income to meet the needs of people in the community.  The cost to become a member of the YMCA is $66 for the first individual, $23 for each additional adult and $6 per child.  We adjust the membership rate for households with an annual income between $0 and $80,000.

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Q:  When did the new rates take effect?

A:  My Y Pricing took effect August 1, 2011.  At that time existing members had the option to voluntarily switch to My Y Pricing and all new members now join through My Y Pricing. 

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Q:  Does My Y Pricing also offer special rates for programs based on income?

A:  Yes.  See any member services representative to see if they apply to you.

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Q:  I don't qualify for an adjusted rate in the My Y Pricing structure.  Is my rate helping pay for someone else?

A:  We have various ways to manage the cost of the Y in order to make it affordable WITHOUT passing on the cost to members who are paying the standard rate. This includes contributions made to our annual community support campaign, capital campaigns and the involvement of so many volunteers who serve as unpaid coaches, group leaders, greeters and office assistants. At the Y, we recognize that for communities to succeed everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Therefore, it has always been the YMCA's goal to be available to all people.

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Q:  My Y is already crowded, isn't this going to make it even more crowded?

A:  We consistently monitor usage and make adjustments to make sure everyone has a good experience.

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Q:  Is the YMCA a non-profit?

A:  The YMCA qualifies as a non-profit, 501(C) 3 organization by making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.