2022 YMCA Impact Tours

Sponsor: Gro

Start and end times indicate the time the bus departs from and returns to the hotel.

Impact Tour A: Spurlino Family YMCA – A LEED Gold Certified Location

Wednesday, April 6  8:45 am–12:00 pm

Fee: $25 (Advance sign-up and payment required; includes tour and bus transportation)

With achieving LEED Gold certification, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA displayed responsible stewardship of the resources provided by generous donors. Building green preserves natural resources and protects the health of Y members, guests, and staff within the Spurlino Family YMCA, named after the lead donor. With the encouragement of an environmentally-minded philanthropist, the $16.4M Spurlino YMCA was built in an environmentally-friendly, responsible, and efficient manner. It features a 32,500-square-foot indoor facility in addition to a 30,000-square-foot outdoor aquatic center complete with an eight-lane lap pool, warm water therapy pool, and family fun pool offering a zero-depth entry and play features. Completed in collaboration with the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, outdoor amenities also include five athletic fields, a covered basketball court, two playgrounds, and two picnic pavilions. LEED is the recognized global standard for high-performing green buildings.


Impact Tour B: First Tee–Tampa Bay

Wednesday, April 6   9:00 am–12:00 pm

Fee: $25 (Advance sign-up and payment required; includes tour and bus transportation)

A program branch of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA since 1998, First Tee–Tampa Bay offers affordable and accessible golf opportunities to children from all socio-economic backgrounds and uses the inherent social and recreational values associated with the game to shape the lives of participants. The program utilizes golf to advance racial equality throughout Tampa by eliminating obstacles and providing access to resources otherwise elusive to many area youth.  First Tee–Tampa Bay serves more than 74,000 children annually through outreach, camp programs, and tournament golf. Learn how this project was designed to address social justice issues from its inception.


Impact Tour C: Speer YMCA Preschool Academy

Wednesday, April 6   9:00 am–12:00 pm

Fee: $25 (Advance sign-up and payment required; includes tour and bus transportation)

Discover how an elementary school that had fallen into disrepair was purchased by the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg and transformed through an “Early Counts” community fundraising campaign that included a significant gift from The Speer Foundation, culminating with $2.5M raised for the Speer YMCA Preschool Academy. The Academy currently serves 105 children annually, ages 2-5, in a Black neighborhood where 50% of students reside in single-parent households, and the median annual family income is $35,000. Contact CDO/VP of Philanthropy Michelle Curtis, CFRE, for more information at mcurtis@stpeteymca.org.

In addition to in-person tours, two  virtual tours will be available on the conference mobile app and

Veggie Van

The Tampa YMCA launched Veggie Van, a mobile food market that ensures individuals most in need have access to nutritious produce by bringing it directly to them. It began in 2015 with conversations with funders interested in improving food security in Tampa and remains funded entirely through donations and grants from private foundations. In two years, the budget went from running a deficit to be fully funded and considering expansion. A partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, a NAYDO Philanthropy Live! project site, provides most of the produce.


Camp C.O.A.S.T. and M.A.S.H. – Serving Persons with Diverse Abilities

YMCA of the Suncoast’s two signature programs serving youth and adults with diverse abilities were started by parents, supported by volunteers, and primarily funded by donors. Camp C.O.A.S.T., or Children On the Autism Spectrum Together, serves elementary and middle school age children who are neurodiverse. M.A.S.H., Mainstream Adults Sharing Hope, is designed for young adults ages 18 and older with diverse abilities with the goal they can live independently outside their home when their parents are no longer able to care for them. This virtual tour will include personal stories of impact, development, and ongoing philanthropic support as well as some of the activities participants experience.

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Rebirth of New Orleans Impact Tour: See the City, Tour a Heritage YMCA, Enjoy Dinner at Cafe Reconcile (for early arrivals)

Monday, April 23 
3:15 - 8:30 pm
(Bus boards at 3:15 and returns to Hilton by 8:30 pm) 
Fee: $75 (Includes city tour guide, Y tour, transportation, dinner)
Advance sign-up and payment required

Experience parts of New Orleans that visitors rarely see on their first trip to the city and learn much of its storied, 300-year history.  The city tour begins with the sights and sounds of the oldest and most recognizable part of New Orleans - the famous Vieux Carre or French Quarter. Then you will travel to the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. The nearby area was the Dryades YMCA's Pontchartrain Park facility prior to Hurricane Katrina. Learn the history of the levee system so critical in a city built below sea level. Stop at the site of the most well known Katrina levee breach at the 17th Street Canal, that flooded City Park and neighborhoods. In City Park, one of the ten largest urban parks in the US, enjoy the beautiful 300-year old oak trees that survived. Follow Bayou St. John, once a shipping channel in the early 1700s, and the path of the St. Charles streetcar past the antebellum homes of the mid 1800s, where former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras dined and danced. No tour would be complete without an explanation of New Orleans' unique burial systems which are above ground.  Though the city tour ends at this point, the tour of the Dryades YMCA begins. A Heritage YMCA founded during the era of segregation as a place for African Americans, the Dryades Y played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, recovered from a devastating fire, and took a leadership role in the city's rebirth after Hurricane Katrina.


Next stop is dinner at Cafe Reconcile, a non-profit restaurant that operates a Life Skills and Workforce Development Program for at-risk youth in the local community. You will be dining in the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center, enjoying a buffet menu that includes some of New Orleans' signature entrees.