Berkshire Family YMCA’s Full of Possibilities Campaign announced four major new grants totaling $1.125 million to aid in the renovation and construction of its North Street facility. The $12 million renovation will modernize the building and add 25+ highly-needed child care slots, a regulation youth basketball court, and an indoor track.
The local funders who have stepped up are:
- The Feigenbaum Foundation, which awarded the Y a new $350,000 grant in addition to fulfilling their existing $400,000 commitment, bringing their total contribution to $750,000.
- The Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, which made a multi-year commitment of $500,000.
- Greylock Federal Credit Union announced a $200,000 award over several years.
In addition to these Berkshire County funders, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, which has supported both the Pittsfield and Northern Berkshire branches in the past, awarded the Y a $75,000 grant, bringing the total of recent institutional gifts to $1.125 million. Taken together, these gifts have taken a major bite out of the Y's remaining $4 million fundraising goal.
According to Y executive director and CEO, Jessie Rumlow, the new commitments will be put to work immediately to fund construction. “We are so grateful to these important institutional donors for their confidence and belief in the Y and this capital project,” she said. “The Feigenbaum Foundation’s continued investment is most welcome and deeply appreciated, and we sincerely thank the Fitzpatrick Trust for their generosity and ongoing philanthropic leadership in Berkshire County. Greylock Federal Credit Union’s grant is living proof that our local financial institutions are deeply committed to our community. Together these grants will help the Y to better serve thousands of people each year and we hope they will inspire many others to give generously too.”
Throughout 2022, the Y’s campaign leadership will be reaching out to community members for gifts and pledges in order to reach the goal. The Y remains open during construction and welcomes inquiries with regard to the campaign. Interested donors may contact Jessie Rumlow, by emailing email@example.com or phone at 413-499-7650 x112 or 912-467-3488. Interest may also be expressed to the campaign's committee chair, Matthew J. Scarafoni, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. bfymca.org/capitalcampaign