The YMCA is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through our focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Missouri YMCAs are found in over 70 diverse communities around the state, and serve urban, suburban and rural communities, bringing together young and old, men and women, from all faiths, backgrounds and incomes.

We continue to monitor nonprofit sales tax and property tax exemptions and modifications to charitable deductions on state income taxes.

We actively support


Funding opportunities for drowning prevention programs, such as Safety Around Water (SAW).

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Funding for childcare assistance for working parents, which is critical for healthy families

Insurance coverage of Diabetes Prevention and Childhood Obesity Programs

Child Nutrition Programs and Nutrition Safety Net Programs

Prioritization among community partners of integrated community health

Policies and programs which enhance the connection between body, mind and spirit

In coalition with others, we support


NAP and YOP tax credit programs, which channel private dollars to community-based organizations

Implementation of best practices for healthy eating, healthy living and physical education by schools and childcare providers

Tobacco 21 policies, which encourage healthy choices for teens, as well as tobacco cessation policies and programs

Complete streets policies, which encourage all modes of transportation in our communities

Inclusion of wellness facility and program costs in cafeteria plan pre-tax programs

Strong, healthy and vibrant leadership in all communities