Mission: Founded in 1868, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been a constant in the changing horizon of the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has embraced the YMCA because of the strength & number of facilities operated to serve our growing region; our life-impacting programs delivered to support all people, and in the manner we engage with people - through our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has 9 facility branches & 2 specialty campuses that include the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, and our beautiful year-round Y Camp. Annually the Y serves over 100,000 individuals.

YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1938, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://dmymca.org/

  501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines IA 50309 

  515-282-9622


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for YMCA of Greater Des Moines is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 88.29, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

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Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View YMCA of Greater Des Moines's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

89.0%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

8.6%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

2.2%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

37.6%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.11


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.06 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-3.28%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

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Transparency


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Transparency:
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Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Leisha Barcus, President & CEO

$45,063 (0.20% of Total Expenses)


Dave Schwartz, Former President & CEO

$62,787 (0.27% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

YMCA, YWCA, YMCA, etc. (BMF activity code: 324)


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


YMCA of Greater Des Moines reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines was reduced from a $19,000,000 operating budget to a $14,000,000 operating budget post-Covid. We closed one Y branch. We reduced our staff team from 1,100 members to just under 500. We are currently at 630 staff team members. We were not able to operate programs at capacity for the past year, but are slowly rebounding. Membership dropped to 65%, but is slowly climbing back. We are currently at 70% of our membership budget coming back online.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Our program offerings dropped back participation numbers to 50% to account for social distancing. We are slowly rebounding back, but continue to take precautions with the Covid variants that are appearing. We also lost a tremendous amount of staff who were front line delivery staff. Hiring for any part time or full time posotion has proven very difficult which therefore also limits are programming capacity.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has adapted to COVID by continueing to follow CDC recommendations. Our staff team works hard to mitigate as many issues as possible to keep guests safe from public spread. Our board of directors has engaged in a strategic planning process to support our Y in thinking differently about how we will exist into tomorrow. This has been a difficult time, but also a very exciting time to think about how we need to show up differently to continue to meet the needs of our community.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have learned that some of our social distancing protocols can easily be re-inserted as needed for safety. At this point we are bringing as much back online as possible to operate as normal as we can.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 88.29
11/1/20192018 90.71
12/1/20182017 90.55
12/1/20172016 89.86
11/1/20172016 88.54

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

3/1/20172015 85.65
6/1/20162014 87.88
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 88.93
12/22/20142013 91.45
10/1/20132012 90.52
8/1/20122011 89.17
9/20/20112010 87.25
Rating Version: 1.0
10/1/20102009 91.69
12/1/20092008 86.77
12/1/20082007 88.81
8/1/20072006 89.98
9/1/20062005 85.44
11/1/20052004 89.66
10/1/20042003 91.29

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

YMCA of Greater Des Moines cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



YMCA of Greater Des Moines reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$13,268,560

Spent in most recent FY

66%

Percent of program expenses


Healthy Living Program


$4,908,391

Spent in most recent FY

24%

Percent of program expenses


Social Responsibility


$1,852,775

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


Youth Development


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting people to their potential, purpose and each other. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines provides spaces to play, to learn, to be healthy, to eat well and to give back. Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Adapt Facilities and Programs to be Responsive to the Needs of Those We Serve

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Provide Focused and Valuable Services and Increased Staff Support

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Develop, Evolve, and Maintain Outreach, Partnerships, and Communication

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our most valuable resource as an organization is our people. We are creating an environment that attracts and retains the best people for our work. We are committed to being the workplace where people can flourish and make a difference in their community. To accomplish this, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is actively investing back into our employees through initiatives emphasizing staff development, volunteer engagement, and building an open, communicative, and transparent work environment.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As our organization continues to evolve, we recognize the increased need to reach beyond our walls to tell our story. Building strong connection points and advocates for the YMCA in our region will afford us the chance to bring our community along with us. We will listen, focus, and ask for and offer resources that allow us to grow and allow our community members to grow as a result of their interactions with us through collaboration. We see and realize that we need to engage our community more; we see the critical nature of having them be part of the conversation about our role and how our offerings can have a greater impact, the value their contributions make in helping us reach farther, and how we can be more successful together.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The pandemic that started in 2020 has dramatically affected the work we do and how we do it. To be adaptable and to continue our mission, we've revitalized our association's strategies to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. The pandemic shifted how we defined our work, as COVID-19 restrictions limited traditional operations. In response, we have now reimagined our operations to be without walls, meaning that we can provide mission-driven programming outside of our facilities and go into the community to create a positive impact. Secondly, the challenges of COVID-19 allowed for greater understanding and appreciation of the people who support our work and mission. This has bolstered our commitment to attracting and retaining passionate people who support the Y's mission. We've enacted several measures to promote staff development and retention. Lastly, the pandemic has shown the importance of community and the interdependency of all members within a community. In response, we are revving up our partnerships and community outreach to build strong connections amongst partners, community members, and advocates of our work and mission. We see collaboration amongst the community as a key to our future success, and we continually build connections and foster relationships amongst members of the community.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Leisha Barcus

CEO

Matt Meline

Chair

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

YMCA of Greater Des Moines is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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Constituent Feedback


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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