Ohio Attorney General plans no legal action against YMCAWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office plans no legal action against the YMCA of Greater Toledo as a result of its investigation conducted last fall, according to a letter the YMCA received April 27 from that office.
“It’s certainly a relief to have that chapter closed but it’s not a surprise. We know that we operate with the highest level of integrity,” said Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, in response to the letter.
Tibbits said they requested the letter from the state Attorney General’s office following the conclusion of its investigation of the organization in 2009.
“They told us they don’t usually send a letter or response upon completion of an investigation when no charges are pending,” Tibbits said.
The letter from Samuel Kirk III, associate assistant attorney general in the Ohio AG’s office, was sent in response to a request from the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo regarding the status of its investigation of the organization.
“The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is reviewing the results of the investigation with the intention of providing a detailed response to the YMCA of Greater Toledo suggesting several minor adjustments in the area of best practice,” the letter also stated.
When contacted and asked about that statement in the letter, Kirk said they are not allowed by law to comment on any active charitable trust investigation. The YMCA has not received any further response from the Attorney General’s office.
“We were told that the Attorney General’s office received some calls about the YMCA last year when all the media coverage occurred involving the the Woodsdale property,” said Tibbits, referring to the proposed sale of the YMCA’s former branch on the South Toledo site.
The YMCA is still looking for a future use of the Woodsdale property with several businesses and organizations, he reported.
Tibbits said the YMCA is continuing discussions with the Area Office on Aging and the University of Toledo about potential sites for a new branch in South Toledo. The YMCA currently operates the Morse Center on UT’s Health Science Campus located two miles from the Woodsdale location.
Expansion of the UT facility is one option for replacing the former Woodsdale branch, Tibbits said. The next closest YMCA facility is the Wolf Creek branch on Holland-Sylvania Road.
The YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo held its annual meeting April 28 when it released its 2009 annual report and strategic plan. It reported that the organization served 307,408 different people in the Lake Erie West Region during 2009.
The YMCA/JCC remains the area’s largest provider of early education, child care and afterschool programs serving more than 2,000 youth weekly at 31 locations, according to the report.
The annual report showed total revenue of $31.4 million with total unaudited expenses of $31.8 million in 2009. The expenses included $5.7 million in occupancy costs and $26.1 million in program delivery costs.
The 2009 revenue included $402,782 from the United Way, nearly $4.2 million in contributions, $4.9 in government contracts, $8.6 million from membership dues, $10.7 million from program fees and $2.5 in other revenue.
The strategic plan reported $2 million in its scholarship fund and $3.9 million of endowment funds. The organization had 72,000 members with a 72-percent retention rate and was supported by more than 4,000 volunteers in 2009.
The plan’s future state metrics include reaching 320,000 participants with 80,000 members and 75-percent retention by 2012. It also has goals of increasing the scholarship fund to $2.3 million and endowment to $6 million during that period.