Statement from CEO Lynn Lomax: MacKenzie Scott Donation

Dear YMCA Family,

I hope each of you had a joyous and safe Christmas holiday. Like many families, we celebrated Christmas differently this year than we have in the past, but even with the changes, our holiday was still filled with love and laughter. As we enter the New Year, and the publicity of the tremendous generosity of MacKenzie Scott’s $4 billion contribution to 384 organizations has subsided, I wanted to share more information with you, the close friends of the YMCA of High Point.

Like the other 383 organizations who received a portion of Ms. Scott’s unprecedented charitable contribution, we did not have to apply, wait for the funds, or designate how the dollars will be spent in our organization. As of last week, the full amount of the gift has been transferred to us and is available for us to utilize as we determine most suitable to further serve our community. MacKenzie Scott’s gift to the YMCA of High Point marks one of the largest gifts ever to our Y. Her generosity will allow us to make a tremendous impact on our community. As I have reflected on what makes this gift so special, I take great pride that our High Point Y not only received this gift, but also that our Y was positioned to receive this gift at such a pivotal time. Ms. Scott and her team considered 6500 organizations for funding, so to be selected as one of the 384 final recipients of this tremendous contribution is a tremendous honor.

Over the past few years, we have almost tripled our annual Friends of the Y Campaign contributions, launched the $9.4 million Foundation for the Future Campaign with tremendous success, made significant improvements in our facilities and grown our membership and program participation to help our community grow and prosper. Much of this progress is due to the strength and dedication of our volunteer and staff leadership; we are so grateful for our staff and volunteers! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of too many folks to count, the YMCA of High point has been recognized alongside pillars of the YMCA such as the YMCA of the Triangle, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, YMCA of Houston, and the YMCA of Greater New York. Ms. Scott wrote “the team sought suggestions and perspective from hundreds of field experts, funders, and non-profit leaders and volunteers with decades of experience. We leveraged this collective knowledge base in a collaboration that included hundreds of emails and phone interviews, and thousands of pages of data analysis on community needs, program outcomes, and each non-profit’s capacity to absorb and make effective use of funding.” I am humbled to have such recognition, and we should all be very proud of our accomplishments together.

My greatest fear in receiving this gift is that our organization and our community will become complacent that this is “enough” for our YMCA’s short-term future. What brought us to this point is a pervading mindset from the ground up to ask ourselves “What’s next?” and “How can we serve better?”. Our dedication to serve others gave us this opportunity, and it is this dedication and perseverance that we will leverage with Ms. Scott’s donation to continue meeting the greatest needs of our community. In the coming months, key volunteers and staff will determine how best to utilize these funds. We know we must stay vigilant as we see our YMCA through this pandemic and make thoughtful decisions for our future. Our stewardship of this gift will have a lasting impact on our YMCA, and it must not be taken lightly.

I close this message with the words in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” I look forward to bringing these words to life with each of you for the good of our organization and our community. We will use this gift as a launching board to accomplish even more than what we have achieved thus far, and inspire others in our community to support our great work.

Blessings to you and your family in the New Year!

 

Lynn Lomax

President/CEO, YMCA of High Point