Our Primary Beneficiary - The Central Florida YMCA

Osceola YMCAThe Dr. Phillips Y Wellness Floor

Great communities don’t happen by accident. They grow and prosper through strong partnerships, thoughtful collaborations and the compassionate commitment of others.

In the YMCA of Central Florida, Dr. Phillips Charities has found a partner who shares our vision, values and commitment to making Central Florida a strong, healthy community. 

Youth sportsJ.A. Hinson & Arnold Palmer

Through Dr. Phillips Charities’ longstanding support of the YMCA, our organization has been able to leverage grant dollars to create the greatest possible impact in improving the lives of local children and families.   

By supporting the Y’s focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, Dr. Phillips Charities has also encouraged the Y to develop prevention-based programs that address many of the most challenging issues of the day ‒ things like turning the tide on chronic disease, boosting children’s school achievement and helping at-risk communities grow stronger.

Safe Start at YMCAInfant demonstrating water survival skills learned in Safe Start©

Dr. Phillips Charities’ support of the Y dates back to 1985 when the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation provided the land and leadership to establish a new Y in the heart of “Doc” Phillips’ namesake community. 

Strong Ys Build Strong Communities

Knowing that strong Ys build strong communities, the late Jim Hinson, former President, CEO and Chairman of Dr. Phillips Charities, personally advocated for a Y to be part of the Dr. Phillips community master plan. Since then, Dr. Phillips Charities has funded several expansions of this Y, including the most recent which is transforming it into one of the premier Healthy Living Ys in the nation.

Over the years, Dr. Phillips Charities has helped build, expand and renovate numerous other YMCA Family Centers, including those serving outreach communities such as Pine Hills, South Orlando and Kissimmee. All are beautiful, welcoming facilities that anchor communities and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together for good health and social connection.      


In addition to serving more than 235,000 people per year within the “four walls” of its 27 YMCA Family Centers, the Y of Central Florida is also expanding its mission across its six-county service area.     

Each year, YMCA after school and summer programs keep more than 30,800 children safe, active and learning during out-of-school time. Operated onsite at more than 70 school-based locations, these programs help children develop stronger reading skills, values and healthy habits, while providing peace of mind for busy families. 

Teaching ReadingTeaching and Reading at the YMCA

Other YMCA Youth Development initiatives, including Teen Achievers and two YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers at Walt Disney World, help kids thrive from cradle to college and beyond.   

As Central Florida seeks new solutions for improving community health, the Y is also collaborating with local and national health partners to develop personalized health and wellness programs for individuals, families and companies.  

To ensure that Y-quality programs and services are accessible to those who truly need them, the Y annually provides more than $5.34 million in membership and program assistance to approximately 50,000 children, families and seniors in need.

Safe Start BabyInfant Water Survival Program

One of the most remarkable successes of Dr. Phillips Charities’ support of the Y is Safe Start, the YMCA’s groundbreaking infant water survival program. With Florida leading the nation in childhood drowning deaths, Dr. Phillips Charities funded the creation of this innovative program in 1999. Thanks to Safe Start, more than 17,500 infants and toddlers have learned how to be safe in and around the water. Not one child trained in Safe Start techniques has drowned and more than 50 testimonials from grateful parents credit the program with saving their child’s life. 

Return on Investment

Through Dr. Phillips Charities’ sustaining support of the Y, nearly 10 million Central Floridians have become healthier, stronger and more socially connected. Children have learned how to survive in the water, succeed in school and develop values.  

Families have been able to enjoy time together, reduce stress and grow closer. And adults of all ages and abilities have found the personalized support and inspiration to live longer, healthier years.  

Kids at the YMCAYMCA Values Kids

Since 1985, Dr. Phillips Charities has invested millions of dollars in the Y’s commitment to “empower our community for good.” 

The return on our investment? Lives changed, families strengthened and communities transformed. 

Here are important YMCA projects we’ve supported:

  • 1985 - Lease for $1 per year on 20 acres of land for Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center (Value In-Kind from 1986 to date nearly $8.4 million)
  • 1985 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Facility ($325,000)
  • 1990 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Gymnasium, Wellness, & Entry ($400,000)
  • 1990 - Downtown Orlando YMCA Youth Center refurbishment ($25,000)
  • 1991 - West Orange YMCA (now Roper YMCA) Fitnasium ($200,000)
  • 1992 - Gift to purchase Robinswood property in Pine Hills for youth swim programs ($115,000)
  • 1996 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Soccer Fields ($125,000)
  • 2000 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Teen Center, Second Gym, Wellness & Child Development ($1,250,000)
  • 2001 - Safe Start Infant Swimming Program ($1,200,000)
  • 2002 - Osceola County YMCA Teen Center & Fields ($323,000)
  • 2004 - Roper YMCA Family Center Gym, Wellness Area ($1,000,000)
  • 2005 - South Orlando YMCA Family Center Renovation ($1,500,000)
  • 2006 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Entry, Gathering Area, Group Exercise Studio ($591,000)
  • 2007 - Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center Wellness, Teaching Pool, Locker Rooms ($1,500,000)
  • 2008 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Teaching Pool ($1,170,000)
  • 2009 - Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Wellness Expansion, Spin Studio, Locker Rooms, Child Development ($2,927,000)
  • 2010 – Osceola County YMCA Family Center Wellness Expansion, Spin Studio, Child Development ($1,500,000)
  • 2010 – Aquatic Center YMCA Family Center Interior Remodeling ($1,000,000)
  • 2010 – Downtown YMCA Wellness Expansion, Yoga Room Addition, Locker Rooms ($2,000,000)
  • 2013 - Work is underway to renovate and expand the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center to include additional programming in health and wellness and increased parking ($8.8 million)
  • 2014 - Expand the mission of the Y to reach 20% of the central Florida population, or 600,000 people, within five years to create real, lasting and measurable change in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility ($4.2 million)
  • 2015 - Together, we are helping more than 150,000 people in Central Florida achieve better lives through long range capital planning, scholarships and learning programs.   ($1,863,040)
  • 2016 - Jim Hinson Safe Start Award scholarship assistance program, Oviedo YMCA renovations ($1,040,575)

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