YMCA FUNDRAISING SEASON: What do you think of this "Strongkids" video?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 10, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    As I have discussed previously, I am a member of the Greater Wichita YMCAs... awesome facilities and arguably some of the best YMCA facilities in the country. I belong to the East YMCA, where I am now serving as an advisory board member. We are starting our fundraising campaign for "Strong Kids" to help underprivileged kids with programs, help whatever necessary to assist them and to make for a better life.

    This video was produced and tells the story of a young woman who has received support and help from the staff at the North YMCA. Love the North, great facilities and the manager, Josh, shown here, used to be the East manager. Most of the pictures you see are of our North branch. To me, this shows what the YMCAs are all about. How effective do you think it is in a fundraising campaign?


  • Profire

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    Nov 12, 2011 11:19 AM GMT


    Very inspiring story and great story-telling.
    Looks like the YMCA has some great facilities and wonderful people.


    My only question is if your target audience is underpriviledged kids, how does this story connect with the kids? How does the story and achievements of a differently-abled person inspire someone who wants to help underprivileged kids donate money?

    Good luck with your fundraising campaign.
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    Great video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association. They do wonderful things. But they can't/won't for Gay families.
    Its founding and principles seem to be based on what George Williams created it for; a place of bible study and prayer for young men.
    This organization ONLY recognizes a family as a man, a woman, and their children. Or a single parent and children. They do not recognize same sex spouses/partners as a family.
    Since the YM"C"A is federally funded, it's a 501(c)(3) organization,
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96109,00.html
    it cannot provide funding to non-traditional families not officially recognized by the federal government.

    They may not be the normal homophobic, gay-bashing, religious entity, but they do discriminate against us, no? Don't get me wrong, it's does great thing for many people. But it does not recognize (or approve) of Gay families.
    It may or may not be how their management feels. However they do take the govenment $ which conveniently decides that for them.

    As a member, are you out to them? If not that's fine. But if they knew you were Gay would there be an issue?

    Tristan


  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 12, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    musclefetish1 saidGreat video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association. They do wonderful things. But they can't/won't for Gay families.
    Its founding and principles seem to be based on what George Williams created it for; a place of bible study and prayer for young men.

    As a member, are you out to them? If not that's fine. But if they knew you were Gay would there be an issue?

    Tristan





    Well Tristan, if you watched the video, this was about helping "children" not necessarily young men. I'm OK with the organization, our Greater Wichita YMCA's help many people. The fact "gay families" may not be a part of it
    doesn't factor in my decision to be a member. I contribute to and assist another organization that does focus on gay and lesbian needs.

    As far as being out, I don't broadcast it. There are staff there that know my scene (mainly because I know theirs as well). It isn't a problem and my personal situation isn't anyones business unless I decide to make it so.
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    musclefetish1 saidGreat video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association. They do wonderful things. But they can't/won't for Gay families.
    Its founding and principles seem to be based on what George Williams created it for; a place of bible study and prayer for young men.

    As a member, are you out to them? If not that's fine. But if they knew you were Gay would there be an issue?

    Tristan





    Well Tristan, if you watched the video, this was about helping "children" not necessarily young men. I'm OK with the organization, our Greater Wichita YMCA's help many people. The fact "gay families" may not be a part of it
    doesn't factor in my decision to be a member. I contribute to and assist another organization that does focus on gay and lesbian needs.

    As far as being out, I don't broadcast it. There are staff there that know my scene (mainly because I know theirs as well). It isn't a problem and my personal situation isn't anyones business unless I decide to make it so.


    Well HndsmKansan, I did watch the video. Said it was great!
    I was just curious about your opinion on them taking federal dollars, (our taxes), and being forced to discriminate against non-traditional families (Gay & Lesbian tax payers).

    I wasn't trying to pick a fight. (Then anyway.) icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tristan
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 12, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    musclefetish1 said


    Well HndsmKansan, I did watch the video. Said it was great!
    I was just curious about your opinion on them taking federal dollars, (our taxes), and being forced to discriminate against non-traditional families (Gay & Lesbian tax payers).

    I wasn't trying to pick a fight. (Then anyway.) icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tristan



    Tristan,
    No "fight picking" perceived by me. I think the fact they follow an old, outdated set of federal guidelines is unfortunate and I hope someday there won't be any sort of restrictions as to whom this quality organization can help and assist.

    In the meantime, I try and help others, especially children, as best as possible.
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    musclefetish1 said


    Well HndsmKansan, I did watch the video. Said it was great!
    I was just curious about your opinion on them taking federal dollars, (our taxes), and being forced to discriminate against non-traditional families (Gay & Lesbian tax payers).

    I wasn't trying to pick a fight. (Then anyway.) icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tristan



    Tristan,
    No "fight picking" perceived by me. I think the fact they follow an old, outdated set of federal guidelines is unfortunate and I hope someday there won't be any sort of restrictions as to whom this quality organization can help and assist.

    In the meantime, I try and help others, especially children, as best as possible.


    Just messing with you. icon_wink.gif
    It's great that you can help those in need. Especially kids!

    Tristan
  • Suetonius

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    Nov 12, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    musclefetish1 saidGreat video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association.
    Since the YM"C"A is federally funded, it's a 501(c)(3) organization,
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96109,00.html
    it cannot provide funding to non-traditional families not officially recognized by the federal government.


    Sorry, Tristan, but you are incorrect here - a 501(c)(3) organization is not prohibited by federal law from aiding (providing benefits for), "non-traditional" families. There are in fact many "gay" organizations which have 501(c)(3) status. Whether a YMCA chooses to discriminate against gay children or parents is up to the organization to decide, not the government.

    I agree with what I perceive to be your feelings - that you would not support an organization that discriminates against gays, regardless of how much good they might do for some children. For that reason, I refuse to support the Boy Scouts (from which I benefited as a child) because as an adult I am aware that they have a policy of discriminating against gay (and atheist) scouts and potential scoutmasters. (Ironic since their founding principal, Baden Powell, was undoubtedly gay himself).

    BTW, i was surprised to learn in another post of yours, that many RJers are not happy that you survived your hang-gliding accident. I am quite glad that you are still with us. From what I have read (being only recently here) it seems to me that you would be a good model for others to emulate - especially younger gays still forming their views.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 12, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    musclefetish1 saidGreat video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association.
    Since the YM"C"A is federally funded, it's a 501(c)(3) organization,
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96109,00.html
    it cannot provide funding to non-traditional families not officially recognized by the federal government.


    Sorry, Tristan, but you are incorrect here - a 501(c)(3) organization is not prohibited by federal law from aiding (providing benefits for), "non-traditional" families. There are in fact many "gay" organizations which have 501(c)(3) status.




    Correct statement, I do business with two of them...
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    Nov 12, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    musclefetish1 saidGreat video, story, and publicity for the Young Mens "Christian" Association.
    Since the YM"C"A is federally funded, it's a 501(c)(3) organization,
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96109,00.html
    it cannot provide funding to non-traditional families not officially recognized by the federal government.


    Sorry, Tristan, but you are incorrect here - a 501(c)(3) organization is not prohibited by federal law from aiding (providing benefits for), "non-traditional" families. There are in fact many "gay" organizations which have 501(c)(3) status. Whether a YMCA chooses to discriminate against gay children or parents is up to the organization to decide, not the government.

    I agree with what I perceive to be your feelings - that you would not support an organization that discriminates against gays, regardless of how much good they might do for some children. For that reason, I reuse to support the Boy Scouts (from which I benefited as a child) because as an adult I am aware that they have a policy of discriminating against gay (and atheist) scouts and potential scoutmasters. (Ironic since their founding principal, Baden Powell, was undoubtedly gay himself).

    BTW, i was surprised to learn in another post of yours, that many RJers are not happy that you survived your hang-gliding accident. I am quite glad that you are still with us. From what I have read (being only recently here) it seems to me that you would be a good model for others to emulate - especially younger gays still forming their views.



    Really? I need to check. I had asked my accountant and he said I was correct. Will have to do some more research.
    If I am wrong, I am very happy to hear. icon_wink.gif

    Thanks for the kind words. Don't know about all that, but thank you.

    Oh yes, plenty of hate mail from people on here from what I say on the forums. Even have a stalker on the forums. icon_wink.gif

    Thanks!
    Tristan