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A healthy legacy

Campaign overview

The YMCA of the Okobojis’s goal for the future is to assure all resources are used in the most efficient way to support our communities and our mission. 

These projects and initiatives to improve the infrastructure of our association are paramount to our continued success in supporting the families of the Iowa Great Lakes and Camp Foster community. 

Our desire is to be a fully sustainable organization. Our vision for a healthy financial future is to become debt free and work to grow our endowment. With no debt and an endowment for organizational support, the YMCA of the Okobojis will be able to reinvest in our organization though facility updates, programs and staffing expansions to meet the needs of our evolving communities.

YMCA of the Okobojis Receives NAYDO Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising 

NAYDO recognizes YMCA associations that are integrating philanthropy into all aspects of YMCA work. The Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising is presented annually to YMCA Associations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in YMCA philanthropy. Because there are budget size categories, more than one Y can win each year. The YMCA of the Okobojis was tasked with creating a video to be shown at the acceptance of this award (above). Click the play button to to hear testimony from our dedicated volunteers.

Overall Campaign Status: 96% funded

Amount left to raise: $373,000

Phase 2 fundraising is in progress!

Phase 2 includes Camp Foster Visitors Center and remaining endowment growth goal.

Camp Foster’s Visitors Center will:

• Serve as the first point of welcome at Camp Foster
• Enhance security and eliminate unnecessary traffic on camp grounds
• Allow renovation of the existing Camp Office into Camp’s Health Lodge, which will improve accessibility and care
• Create extra cabin space so camp can serve more kids


Phase 1 Status: Complete!

Phase 1 Includes:

  • Bedell Family YMCA Aquatics Center renovations (Complete)
  • Camp Foster Dining Hall expansion (Complete)
  • Camp Foster Airnasium construction (Complete)
  • Retirement of long-term organizational debt
  • Facilitation of partial designated endowment growth (Complete)


Project Visuals can be viewed below by clicking the icons

Check out the Camp Foster construction progress photo slideshow or video update.

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Take a tour of the new spaces at Camp Foster! Specify the day and time of your visit by filling out the form below.




Eliminating organizational debt and growing our endowment funds will allow us to reinvest over $250,000 annually, providing better services to members and campers and ensuring we’re able to keep up with the needs of our community.

Funds currently utilized for debt service can be:

  • Redirected to expand programs & enhance facilities
  • Used to provide the best possible experience for children and families at an affordable price

Naming Rights and Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Andrew Fisher at 712-336-9622 or [email protected] to claim one of these available opportunities.

Our partners

Thank you to these leaders for their commitment to the Igniting a healthy legacy campaign. WANT TO HELP? please fill out THE VOLUNTEER FORM BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW.

Ginny Gunderson

Brad Schmitz

Michele Goodenow

Kelly Hoien

Barry Sackett

Andrew Fisher

Amanda Shaffer

Cindy Rosa

Jeremy Morrison

Bill Kallsen

Nick Zimmer

Sonja Hamm

Leo Kofoot

Nate Gruys

Greta Gruys

Barb Mendenhall

Dr. Walter Mendenhall

Angie Gillespie

Josh Miller

Kristy Miller

Jen Petersen

Brian Petersen

Chuck Skogerboe

Susie Skogerboe

Ken Lockard

Duane Mueske

Willia Mueske

Amy Maris

Joe Conover

Brent O’Hara

Ann Goerss

Dr. Jeff Goerss

Dick Mau

Donna Mau

Barry Nadler

Andrea Nadler

Dr. Craig Cunningham

Lauren Cunningham

Dan Hummel

Jane Hummel

Curt Petersen 

Juli Johnson

Brittney Janicek

Cory Danielson

Jaymee Rickman

Amber Christensen

Reid DenHerder

Reannon DenHerder

Jaime Brecher

Diane Lockard

Joe Andres

John Adams Jr. 

Michelle Adams

Tracy Evans 

Lance Evans

Ali Schmitz

Julie Andres

Dr. Chris Rierson

Abby Rierson

Mike Vander Pol

Brittany Vander Pol

Chad Harms

Jill Harms

PJ Miller

Emily Miller

Luke Donnenwerth

Megan Donnenwerth

Brad Beck

Kyle Johnson

Paula Edwards

Jason Christensen

Justin Derner

Shelly Derner

Abby Walleck

Danielle Tewes

Jason Harrington

Mary Kay Bates

Josh Carr

Holly Skopec

Val Hinrickson

Mickey Harrington

Marty Spies

Chris Martin

Amy Pas

Alex Oponski

Andy Wolf

Mark Dykema

Dave Dau

Anna Veltri

Nancy Thacker

Brian Forney

Kyle Struve

Kevin Godfredsen

Ali Eisenman

Brad Simington

Laurie Simington

Brad Jungers

Jo VanPatten

Lindsey Keonin

Theresa Goehring