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Organization & History

The Algona Family YMCA Foundation is a private non-profit corporation funded by individual gifts for the purpose of assisting in sustaining the operations of the Algona Family YMCA. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

The initial contribution was in 1989 when Ernie and Glady Williams donated $100,000. Since that time a Heritage Club was developed and most recently a gift of $2.9 million was left to the YMCA by Milton Burlingame, an Algona, Iowa resident who passed away in March of 2006.

The gift from Ernie and Glady Williams was made with the provisions of providing swim lessons to 2nd grade children in Algona. The Heritage Club was formed to help grow the endowment. There were 25 original members of the club who have either made financial contributions or have included the YMCA in their will or both. The gift by Milt Burlingame was an unrestricted gift. The Algona Family YMCA Board of Directors voted to put these funds in a separate foundation to help support the YMCA operations for perpetuity. Thus, the Algona Family YMCA Foundation was created on March 22, 2007.

Purpose & Use of Funds

The Algona Family YMCA Foundation exists for the sole purpose of providing financial support for the programs, facilities and financial affairs of the Algona Family YMCA.

All donations received by the Algona Family YMCA Foundation are invested and only the income derived from these investments is used to help support the Algona Family YMCA operations.


The Foundation is seeking additional donations to help assist the Algona Family YMCA with operational costs and special projects. Donations may be eligible for the Iowa Tax Credit. For information concerning the Iowa Tax Credit you should contact your financial advisor or the YMCA.

Checks should be made payable to “Algona Family YMCA Foundation” and mailed to:

Algona Family YMCA Foundation
c/o Tom Larson, Treasurer
5 East Call Street
Algona, IA 50511

Contributions may also be made by credit card. The YMCA can provide additional information about giving opportunities including other options and payments such as:

-Bequest in a Will
-Establishing a Trust
-Using Life Insurance
-Transfer of Stock
-Transfer of Real Estate
-Creating a Life Estate


For more information contact Greg Bradley, Executive Director of the Algona Family YMCA at 515-295-7701 or