For the first time in 43 years, YMCA of the USA has unveiled a new brand strategy to increase understanding of the impact that YMCAs make in communities across the country. The YMCA has the unique capacity to address many of the challenges facing the nation today. Through its new brand strategy and framework, the nonprofit will extend its reach into communities to nurture the potential of youth and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to support neighbors.
The new brand strategy – the result of more than two years of analysis and research – was introduced at a National Press Club event that included leaders from the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As part of the event, the YMCA unveiled a new, more forward-looking logo that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the organization, and a framework that focuses resources on three core areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In another major change, the nonprofit will be called “the Y” to align with how people most commonly refer to the organization.
“The YMCA of the Foothills is truly excited about the new brand strategy and the opportunity to engage more people in the areas of healthy living, social responsibility and youth development,” said Kim Beattie, director of Communications and Public Relations at the YMCA of the Foothills. “There are many exciting changes taking place at the Y– we are building momentum, and this strategy is getting everyone from our volunteers to our members and donors very excited.”
The YMCA of the Foothills is currently addressing the program needs of the association and expects to roll out the revitalized brand by early 2011, at which time they will adopt the use of the new logo. Ys across the country will fully transition to the new brand within five years.
“This is a very important, exciting time for the Y,” said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. “For 160 years, we’ve focused on changing lives for the better. Our commitment to building greater awareness for the important work we do will enable us to expand our efforts and further strengthen communities across the country.”
Contributed by the YMCA