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Leather and Lace

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Heather Gillis-Harris

One of my best friends, and former soccer teammates, drove over an hour last weekend to help me clean my house. Yes, she is being considered for saint...

Gym Fear at 60: It Can Be Conquered

Pamela Lutrell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Lutrell

I do not recommend anyone wait until 60 to begin an active exercise routine, but if you are in this age range and want to finally begin, it is possible to succeed.

My First Family Vacation As A Single Mom

Tammy Letherer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Divorce
Tammy Letherer

I stick close to the lodge the following day, made safe by sunshine, staff members, and internet access. That's when I overhear the director and head counselor talking about a bear.

Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Mindfulness based education for children and teens requires specialized training, delivery, awareness, and skill. It can seem as easy as implementing one simple lesson in a classroom, but to truly hold space for the powerful development that can occur requires very special attention and skill.

Medicare Reform Paves Way for Better Health Care

Robert M. Wah, M.D. | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Wah, M.D.

On April 14, history was made. America's physicians commend members of Congress for coming together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to pass long-overdue, monumental Medicare reforms to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment policy and create a framework for a more stable and sustainable Medicare program.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

An Inspiring Look Inside Jerusalem's Interfaith Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

In the midst of rising religious tension, the Jerusalem International YMCA school is a bastion of interfaith coexistence. Muslim, Jewish and Christ...

Give the Gift of Education on Giving Tuesday

Tom Valentine | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Tom Valentine

Without the opportunity to learn, people -- especially youth -- are less likely to feel secure, hopeful for the future or invested in their community.

Best Summer Internship Ever

Jack Lund | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Jack Lund

While we hope you enjoy this funny short, we also encourage businesses, NGOs, and community organizations to bolster their internship and youth employment programs to help propel the city and the nation's young people onto positive career paths.

From Crisis to Chronic

Gary Laermer | Posted 09.14.2014 | New York
Gary Laermer

In fundraising, momentum is key. Maintaining awareness -- and, hopefully, support -- of a particular cause is the great challenge that faces any nonprofit organization. Hurricane Sandy is a useful and relatively recent case study.

WATCH: These Cops Just Couldn't Resist The Call Of 'YMCA'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices

We love this! A video is making the rounds on the Internet and in it a group of police officers appears to spontaneously join in a rendition of the...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Increases for the Fourth Year in a Row!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Philanthropy and charitable donations are back! Americans once again gave more in 2013 than in the previous year. As Americans, we supported causes we cared about with gifts both big and small.

My 'Booty-Popping Fun' Dance Class Is Much More Than Just A Workout Routine

Anne Hilker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Teen
Anne Hilker

This hour of booty-popping fun is much more than just my workout routine. It's taught me how to branch out of my comfort zone and to go easier on myself at the same time.

A Kinder, Gentler Way to Whip Mom Into Shape

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.16.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

"Send Mom to the Y this weekend!" I had to read the website's headline twice, so certain was I that this was some sort of cruel Mother's Day joke. SE...

How Not to Muddle the Middle

Gary Laermer | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Unfortunately, the mid-sized donor base has reduced its nonprofit support in recent years. The good news is that there are ways to reverse this trend and prevent core donors from drifting.

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

Where Those 'Y.M.C.A.' Dance Moves Really Came From

OWN | Posted 02.11.2014 | OWN

The Village People's 1978 hit song "Y.M.C.A." has long been solidified as a disco classic. But the tune wouldn't be complete without the signature dan...

It's Not a Game

Victor Burt | Posted 04.08.2014 | New York
Victor Burt

For 30+ years, what began as a few weekend games between employees from the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. and the Brooklyn Judicial Court grew into "morning runs."

Raising Your Capacity for Fundraising

Gary Laermer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Honesty is the best policy when appraising your organization's fundraising ability. It is important for non-profits to take a self-inventory that results in a wholly accurate assessment of current resources and their capacity to build on them.

Former Village People Member: 'Y.M.C.A.' Is Not A Gay Anthem [UPDATED]

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only weeks away and violence currently plaguing the Russian population, the planned response to and protest of the...

A Blogger's Pain, Aquatic and Massage Solutions, and a Tweet Victory for Long-Form Journalism in Playboy

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Jude Collie

If you've been blogging/writing a lot this year, sending out thousands of words and tweets into that overhead digital cloud, you've probably been hunc...

The Unforgettable Adventure That Changed My Life

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 02.17.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

This summer, I was part of something that I have carried with me every day since. An experience that I will never forget. An experience that changed my life.


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Being chronically ill is learning about love. Whether I believe I can recover or not, I am blessed.

5 Ways to Land -- And Stay -- On A Donor's Top-5 List

Gary Laermer | Posted 12.13.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Let's face it. With thousands of organizations competing for donor dollars, it's more important than ever to develop a thoughtful and meaningful rel...

Keeping Youth Connected

Jack Lund | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Jack Lund

There are 350,000 disconnected youths in the New York metro area -- greater than the national average -- whose lives are very different from their peers. These teens and young adults find themselves isolated from society; they're on the outside looking in.