- Administrative expenses
- Accessible financial information
- Negative press
YMCA reported administrative expenses of $10,916,000 in 2015, which is equivalent of about 7 percent of the total income of the organization. The executive salaries for YMCA's national headquarters are as follows:
- $819,512: Kevin Washington, President and CEO
- $258,768: Nancy L Owens, Sr. VP and CFO
- $323,729: Angela Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer
- $389,891: Kent D. Washington, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
- $323,729: Kate Markin, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy/Advancement Officer
- $291,036: Robert Neal Denton, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer
- $258,106: Terri Radcliff, Vice President - Training & Leadership Development
- $248,000: Jacqueline E. Gordon, Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer
- $181,617: Neil J. Nicoll, President Emeritus
On average, salaries for both national and local YMCA executives have been higher than those of comparable nonprofit organizations. Historically, Americans do not like to support charities whose top executives are drawing large salaries.
Accessible Financial Information
YMCA publishes its annual statements and IRS Form 990s from 2013 to 2015 on it website. While publishing these forms does demonstrate transparency, the forms are in an obscure location on the site and are not easy to find.
YMCA has received negative press for the following:
Multiple Reports of Embezzlements
Embezzlement of various amounts has been reported at local YMCA chapters in a number of instances. This is not necessarily indicative of the organization as a whole, but leaves some question about hiring and monitoring of funds inside the organization.
Syracuse NCAA Scandal
The NCAA conducted an intense investigation into allegations that Syracuse University had committed several infractions, including student athlete ineligibility, academic cheating, payment of student athletes, gifts to athletic department staff, and misreporting of academic credit. Some of these infractions involved Jeff Cornish, former sports director of Tri-Valley YMCA in Oneida, New York. Mr. Cornish was reported to have given free YMCA memberships to athletic staff at Syracuse University. He also opened a checking account with the tax ID number given to the YMCA by the IRS and illegally moved funds from the YMCA into this account. Some of the money in this account was used to pay student athletes $8,000 during their internship for academic credit during a period of fourteen months. Academic records for student athlete internships were falsified and college credit was given for these falsified records. Additionally, rent subsidization was given to one member of the athletic department by the YMCA and staff members from the university were paid to volunteer at a basketball camp hosted by the Tri-City YMCA in Oneida.
Malden YMCA Child Sexual Assault Cover-Up
There are allegations that the Malden Police Department obstructed an investigation of a 15-year-old employee of the Malden YMCA for sexually molesting a six-year-old girl. Captain John Amirault, a veteran police officer who had 31 years in the department, filed suit against the Malden Police Department and stated that individuals inside the department intentionally blocked electronic tapings of the criminal investigation team's questioning of the suspect as a political and personal favor. Captain Amirault filed the lawsuit in an effort to expose the supposed corruption in the department, which included allegations that the police chief, Kevin Molis, suppressed information as a favor to his brother, Frank Molis, who was an employee of the Malden YMCA and hired and supervised the suspect.