Charlotte Y to Use $18M Gift for Health Equity Centers and Youth Focus

picture of exterior of Stratford Richardson YMCA in Charlotte

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte received a surprise $18 million gift at the end of 2020 from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who donated billions last December to 384 organizations nationwide.

The Y will use some of the funds to transform several existing locations (including the Stratford Richardson Y (pictured) and the McCrorey YMCA, into health equity campuses, where all community members will have equitable access to resources to support overall health and well-being. This includes access to healthy food and nutrition education, access to mental health services and expanded chronic disease prevention services. 

In addition, the Y will allocate funding for youth and teen opportunities that are focused on underserved neighborhoods. 

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(April 13, 2021)