The Kantzler Foundation made a grant of $500,000 for the construction of a new YMCA in downtown Bay City. The YMCA was established in Bay city in 1885 providing opportunities health and fitness programs to youth and adults, child care and youth leadership.

The age and design of the former facility was not meeting the interest and needs of the youth, adults and families of the 21st century. The Y Board determined that replacing the facility with a new state-of-the-art facility was the best investment and in the organization’s, as well as community’s best interest. The new facility in a new location has allowed the Y to develop new programs and services necessary to carry out its mission in the Bay Area.

Community Impact

testimonial author Peg Rowley

"Kantzler started it all. In 1983 The Kantzler Foundation approached me to start up the Bay Area Community Foundation. It funded our operating expenses for several years and worked with us in partnership as we implemented a number of community involvement projects, like the Riverwalk and Pier. When I reflect on great programs and projects like the Community Foundation, Studio 23, The State Theatre, BaySail, the facilities at Wenonah Park, The Civic Arena, The Wirt Library, The Dow Family Y, Playscape at the State Park and so much more, I have to think, 'Where would we be without The Kantzler Foundation?'"

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The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org