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Armed Services YMCA of the USA

CharityWatch report issued
March 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Armed Services YMCA of the USA
14040 Central Loop
Suite B
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Enhances the lives of military members & their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 81%

The percentage of Armed Services YMCA of the USA's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars Armed Services YMCA of the USA spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Armed Services YMCA of the USA & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Armed Services YMCA of the USA IRS Form 990 36-3274346
Armed Services YMCA of the USA Group Return IRS Form 990 91-1883466
Entity: Armed Services YMCA of the USA & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Armed Services YMCA of the USA
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3274346
Entity: Armed Services YMCA of the USA Group Return
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 91-1883466

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Armed Services YMCA of the USA
meets governance benchmarks.
Armed Services YMCA of the USA
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 William French President/CEO $326,242
2 Sharon Gleason Executive VP, Development & Communications $209,972
3 Donald Kandel Executive VP, Finance & Operations $202,994
Name: William French
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $326,242
Name: Sharon Gleason
Title: Executive VP, Development & Communications
Compensation: $209,972
Name: Donald Kandel
Title: Executive VP, Finance & Operations
Compensation: $202,994

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Armed Services YMCA of the USA consolidated audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 1, Nature of Activities):

"Armed Services YMCA of the USA and Affiliates (ASYMCA) is a national member association chartered by the National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States of America (National Council)... ASYMCA is an independent not-for-profit corporation with its own volunteer board serving military communities. ... As of December 31, 2017, ASYMCA is composed of 13 affiliates (hereinafter referred to as branches) and a headquarters located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Headquarters functions as a liaison between the National Council and the ASYMCA branches and is responsible for providing administrative support to these branches."

CharityWatch's rating of Armed Services YMCA of the USA includes the ASYMCA headquarters and the 13 branches, noted above, the financial activities of which are consolidated in the ASYMCA audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. All intercompany balances are eliminated in the audit consolidation.
According to the Armed Services YMCA of the USA (ASYMCA) consolidated audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 2, Related Party Transactions):

"In addition to the 13 branches, ASYMCA has 21 affiliated member organizations. ... They provide on-site services similar to those provided by ASYMCA. ASYMCA conditionally agreed to pay a portion of the program directors' salaries, insurance and operational costs at some of these organizations, provided that the money is spent on program services to military personnel and their families. ASYMCA paid $795,099 to these organizations in 2017."
According to the Armed Services YMCA of the USA (ASYMCA) consolidated audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 1, Contributed services, facilities, materials and equipment), ASYMCA received "contributed professional services and materials, as well as use of facilities" in 2017 on which it placed a total value of $4,231,221.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Armed Services YMCA of the USA (ASYMCA) 2017 tax filing, ASYMCA reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"Bonus payments listed in Schedule J, Part II, Column B(ii) ['Bonus & incentive compensation'] were performance based."

ASYMCA reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments in the following amounts to four individuals in calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) William French, President/CEO: $50,000, with reported total compensation of $326,242;
(2) Donald Kandel, Executive VP Finance & Ops: $15,000, with reported total compensation of $202,994;
(3) Christopher Haley, VP, Marketing & Communications: $22,500, with reported total compensation of $158,282; and
(4) Sharon Gleason, EVP, Development & Communications: $25,000, with reported total compensation of $209,972.

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