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Organizational Review: The YMCA

I need help starting with my project about the history of the YMCA. I have to work on the following:

- The origin of the nonprofit organization (YMCA).
- Description of the organization and how it developed from its inception.
- The purpose of the organization, who it serves, why, and how. These comprehend the mission of the organization.
- A general description of the vision of the organization, i.e. where it hopes to go in the future (one to five years or more).
- Growth.
- New programs the organization may have taken on.
- Successes (or setbacks) that the organization may have experienced over the years.

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History of YMCA (non-profit organization):

Non-profit organizations have a long history around the world. They provide assistance to individuals and communities in a variety of ways from meeting the needs of the poor, to providing spiritual guidance in the communities where they operate. The YMCA is one such organization. This paper will examine the YMCA, its history, purpose and successes and how it continues to make a difference in the world.

Origin - How did it start?

"Starting as an evangelical association for young men the YMCA has become a general leisure-time and character-development organization found in almost every city [in the United States]" (Zald and Denton, 1963). The YMCA organization originated in London England in 1844. It was founded by George Williams and a group of his friends, Christian men who were troubled by the prospects of life-on-the street for London's young men. This was during the industrial revolution when young men were migrating to London in droves to find work. Williams was troubled by the numerous dangers and negative influences that young men were being exposed to so he created an outlet where young men could come together to study the Bible and be exposed to different options than what life on the streets had to offer. Not many years later, marine missionary Thomas Valentine Sullivan, inspired by what he heard about the success of the Y in England started the first YMCA in 1851 Boston to provide a "safe home away from home" for sailors and merchants" (YMCA, 2012).

Development and evolution of the organization

In its foundational years, the Y was a decidedly ...

Solution Summary

Non-profit organizations have a long history around the world. They provide assistance to individuals and communities in a variety of ways from meeting the needs of the poor, to providing spiritual guidance in the communities where they operate. The YMCA is one such organization. This solution examines the YMCA, its history, purpose and successes and how it continues to make a difference in the world.

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