At the Inaugural 2018 D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards


(Dallas, TEXAS) August 2, 2018: With more than 400 in attendance at the inaugural D CEO and Communities Foundation Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Award event, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas was recognized as the Nonprofit Organization of the Year in the Large Organization category. D CEO and the Communities Foundation recognized corporate and nonprofit efforts to give back to the community in North Texas.  This first year, 340 nominations were received and were narrowed down to 65 finalists in 11 categories.


Kelvin Walker, Immediate Past Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors and Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners was on hand last evening to accept the award on behalf of the YMCA.  “I’m so proud of this recognition of the great work of the YMCA in our community. For 133 years the Dallas YMCA has been committed to providing opportunities and support for the children and families of North Texas,” said Walker.


The YMCA was recognized not only at the event last evening but online and in the D CEO print edition.  Below is an excerpt:


YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Large Organization

It’s hard to top the impact of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which aims to “strengthen communities” from McKinney to Waxahachie with Christian values and programs that “build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.” The organization annually provides programming for more than 200,000 North Texans at 19 branches, two camps, 78 after-school locations, and 200 program locations. The nonprofit, which serves all North Texans regardless of their ability to pay, last year distributed more than 65,400 financial-aid scholarships and offered free programs for the likes of drowning- and diabetes-prevention and STEM learning for low-income students. Recording a budget surplus the last five years, the group is led by Curt Hazelbaker, who took over as president and CEO in 2017 after serving as president and CEO of the Y operation in Northwest North Carolina. Hazelbaker says he’ll stress two main initiatives over the next year: the Y’s new Summer Learning Academies—focused on providing elementary-school students with a five- to six-week summer-camp learning experience—and a purposeful “growth strategy” for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. That strategy, Hazelbaker says, could result in as many as 18 new or renovated locations over the next five years.


You can read the article here: The D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2018


The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in 21 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcadallas.org