Buckingham pledges $1 million for Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay

December 13, 2016

Wellness, leadership development and youth initiatives attracted donor’s interest

Buckingham Companies is a full-service real estate firm specializing in development, construction, investment and property management. It developed and owns CityWay, the downtown Indianapolis hot spot that includes apartments, The Alexander Hotel, restaurants, offices, and the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay.

The $1 million gift is the largest to date for the 10-year-old Buckingham Foundation, the company’s philanthropic partner.

“Buckingham Companies and Buckingham Foundation are proud to support the Y’s good work,” said Brad Chambers, president and CEO, Buckingham Companies, and chairman of the board, Buckingham Foundation. “Philanthropy is an important company value, and we recognize and support the significance of youth development and wellness.”

Part of the gift will underwrite the new LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Cancer Survivorship Program at the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay. The program, which provides physical and social support, is open to everyone – regardless of the stage of their cancer and whether they are YMCA members – free of charge.

“We’re so appreciative of Buckingham’s innovative leadership and sustainable development of our community as well as their monetary support,” said Eric J. Ellsworth, president of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “Partners like Buckingham are allowing us to bring life-changing buildings and programs to people who live and work in and around our community.”

The three-story Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay opened in December 2015. The grand staircase features a living green wall, which is covered in plantings that extend 30 feet high. As a result of this gift, it will be dedicated in memory of Julia H. Chambers.

Buckingham Foundation is the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has grown its grant giving capacity to support affordable housing opportunities for families in need, to encourage participation in arts and culture initiatives and to invest in local communities. Buckingham Foundation invests in organizations through meaningful grants, volunteers thousands of hours to hundreds of nonprofit and civic organizations, and goes beyond typical philanthropy to open doors that create positive change. To date, Buckingham Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants and sponsorships to 250 nonprofits. For more information, visit the Buckingham Foundation online.

Founded in 1984, Buckingham is a full service, fully integrated real estate company that includes the development, acquisition, management and construction of a wide range of property types including multifamily, student housing and mixed-use communities. Buckingham manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account, clients and institutional partners. Buckingham has managed more than 90 properties consisting of nearly 20 million square-feet of property and approximately 15,000 rental units nationwide. Additionally, the affiliated Buckingham Foundation annually supports more than 45 nonprofit and civic organizations through philanthropic outreach in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, and arts and culture. For more information, visit Buckingham Companies online.

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