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1 Strengthening the YMCA: Global Presence, Global Visibility 17th World Council of YMCAs 23 July 2010 Hong Kong

2 How can we work together globally to help every YMCA increase its visibility, and improve its perception? A CORE QUESTION, AND OPPORTUNITY 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

3 THE REALITY 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs REQUIRES BEING KNOWN RESOURCE MOBILISATION

4 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs RESOURCE MOBILISATION SOCIA L IMPAC T REQUIRES BEING KNOWN FOR THE REALITY

5 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs FRAMEWORK FOR SUCCESS Developing Programmes Communicating Impact Building Capacity Raising Funds

6 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs FRAMEWORK FOR SUCCESS Developing Programmes Communicating Impact Building Capacity Raising Funds

7 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs OUR FOCUS THIS MORNING Communicating Impact

8 VISIBILITY IT IS ALL ABOUT IMPACT. 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

9 WHAT ARE YOU KNOWN FOR? 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

10 BRANDING VISIBILITY AT WORK. 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

11 UNDERSTANDING BRAND 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs COMPLEX. IT CAN SEEM SIMPLE. BUT IT IS

12 The way people think and feel about your organisation. YOUR BRAND IS… 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs It is their perception of you. Your brand is your image. It lives in the minds of the people who recognise you.

13 A brand is… BRAND BASICS I recognise you I know what you promise I know what you deliver triggered by identity informed by messaging established by performance 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

14 The perception of your organisation in the minds of your audience, IDEALLY… matches the perception you desire. 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

15 WHAT MAKES UP YOUR BRAND? EVERYTHING! 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

16 MAKING A PROMISE 17 th WORLD COUNCIL OF YMCAs

17 Global Presence YMCA is active in 125 countries Over 12,000 YMCA units worldwide Changing the lives of over 50 million young people and their communities every year through YMCA Programmes (Quadrennial Survey 2006 – 2009)

18 Global Visibility? In 2008 in Africa, Europe and Asia & Pacific: YMCA had low visibility with media, other civil society actors and potential donors Misconceptions about the mission and activities of the YMCA: The YMCA is a male organisation The YMCAs work is limited to hostels The YMCA is a place for sports, fitness, and camps only SWOT Analysis 2008

19 Global Visibility? When asked about their greatest challenges: 16 YMCAs said brand, image and visibility 10 YMCAs said increasing competition among youth- focused NGOs and the need to distinguish the YMCA 10 YMCAs said developing parternships with other organisations was difficult because of the YMCAs image Quadrennial Survey (2006 – 2009)

20 Global Visibility? In the USA, Canada, and Latin America: YMCA is well-known ; 95% of Canadians are aware of the YMCA, 91% of the general public in the USA recognised the YMCA name Research conducted during the USAs National Positioning Initiative found that despite having name recognition the YMCA brand had an identity challenge.

21 Global Visibility? At World Alliance level: World Alliance had low visibility with international media, other non-profit actors and donors (SWOT, 2008) Communications materials lacked consistency in style and messaging (OTL audit, 2009) Website did not effectively communicate the work or impact of the World Alliance (Analysis of WAY website by Nielsen Norman Group, 2010):

22 YMCA Area Alliances: Advancing Communications Africa Africa Alliance Annual Report and template developed for all National Movements Five YMCAs are being supported to develop communications capacity relating to branding, media and public relations

23 YMCA Areas Alliances: Advancing Communications Africa New Africa Alliance website (2008) and regular web alerts with increased monthly visits Siyahamba Newsletter

24 YMCA Areas Alliances: Advancing Communications Asia and Pacific New website

25 YMCA Areas Alliances: Advancing Communications Asia and Pacific Annual Report (2009)

26 YMCA Areas Alliances: Advancing Communications Europe New website - interactive, promotes YMCA activites and impact, special section for potential donors and partners. Annual Reports (2008 and 2009)

27 YMCA Areas Alliances: Advancing Communications Europe Presentation of YMCA Europe, Master Class and Campaign « Become a friend of Europe »

28 YMCA of the USA BRAND PLATFORM PROMISE Our Cause: Strengthening the foundations of community VALUES Our Behavior: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility VOICE Our Communications: Determined, Genuine, Welcoming, Hopeful and Nurturing

29 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. HEALTHY LIVING Improving the nations health and well-being. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. THREE AREAS OF FOCUS In todays environment, we must demonstrate our impact. Thats why we have grouped our programs and services into three areas of focus.

30 MESSAGING Our goal: to speak with one voice that establishes broad understanding and support of the Y as a cause-driven nonprofit making positive social change. Reason for Being (Our Mission) To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Promise (Our Cause) At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Who We Are (Our Position) The Y is the nations leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

31 Advancing Communications YMCA Canada Continued work on YMCA Canadas brand strategy identified as a strategic priority over next eighteen months Commitment to a national brand strategy over a local one and to a nationally validated and common positioning statement based on the idea of strengthening the foundations of community

32 Latin America and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs

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36 World Alliance of YMCAs: Advancing Communications Annual Reports (2008, 2009)

37 World Alliance of YMCAs: Advancing Communications Refreshed style of YMCA World Magazine

38 World Alliance of YMCAs: Advancing Communications External audit and redesign of World Alliance Website (Launched July 2010)

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41 Global Photo Competition 2010

42 World Alliance of YMCAs: Advancing Communications Developed a rationale that was presented at the Executive Committee Meeting (March 2009), National General Secretaries Conference (April 2009), and YMCA Europe NGS Conference (May 2009) Gathered information on existing work on brand by National Movements and Areas, and analysed results of the quadrennial survey Engaged a consultant to help us strategise about moving forward

43 Exploring the Case for a Global Strategy Lessons Learnt: Interest and willingness in the Movement Collaborative and consultative movement-wide process World Alliance to play a leading role Additional resources needed This work doesnt happen overnight

44 Exploring the Case for a Global Strategy Opportunities Despite being a global, diverse Movement, there are clear, common threads: – Challenge 21 – Youth Development and Community – Programmes and Advocacy

45 How can we work together globally to increase the visibility of all YMCAs, and improve perception?

46 Where do we start?

47 Towards Global Visibility Moving Forward… Dialogue on Building a Common Brand and Identity – (Main Hall) Working Group on Communications – 16.30


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