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Ruth Schultz Brighter Days Fund Web








The Ruth Schultz Bright Days Fund was created in honor of Howard Schultz's 10 years of service as President/CEO of the North Suburban YMCA (NSYMCA) Funding enhances positive experiences for youth in NSYMCA athletic, special needs, and youth programs, to promote new skills, enjoyment, health, community involvement, and leadership development.


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Ruth Schultz was a true athlete in her youth who aspired to be a gym teacher and was a slugging first baseman on a women’s professional baseball team (before the days of A League of their Own) until the time she was married.

Ruth L. Schultz understood the benefits of healthy competition and later in life, she encouraged her children to embark on their own youthful careers in competitive sports and other endeavors. She never forgot that sports were meant to be fun when they were played.

She took the competitive drive and the leadership skills she honed through sports and turned them into a lifetime of volunteer service that made a difference to many agencies ranging from HIAS (The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society), PTA, and Boy Scouts, and the thousands of people they helped on an annual basis.

She also never gave up her belief that we must always strive to make the world a better place. Into her 90’s she remained active in charitable organizations impassioned by the decades she spent applying her skills through service to others. Ruth Schultz was the mother of three sons, 6 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.



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As active as a volunteer Ruth Schultz was, she was a devoted mother to her three sons, Allan, Jack, and Howard. Today, Howard is the current President/ CEO of the North Suburban YMCA, the second-longest tenured director in the Y’s history. Howard has not forgotten the lessons his mother taught him about keeping sports fun, and that you are only going to be as good at something as the effort you put into it.  He also possesses her deep respect for improving the lives of those in need and is dedicated to making commitments of time and self to serve others at the Y and in the broader community, such as his volunteer work with Rotary and the National YMCA movement.



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Nationwide over 70% of all young athletes suffer some form of burnout, and drop out of athletics by age 13, while at the same time 1 out of 3 is now overweight or obese.

The North Suburban YMCA understands why parents often feel pressured to want their children to play on the “right” team. More importantly, we understand why kids want to play and why they often quit. Rather than offering activities that set high expectations that cause undue stress, our focus is on offering athletic and youth development programs that are fun and engaging, while teaching individual skills that promote growth, build confidence, improve social skills, and provide opportunities for personal independence and leadership development.

The NSYMCA’s nurturing environment, where children are guided in developmental athletics, arts and service projects by supportive coaches and teachers has developed programming that allows children to find their own paths fulfillment and interest.

Gifts to the Ruth Schultz Bright Days Fund will help the Y to enhance its Youth Athletic and Leadership Development programs. The Fund will help equip youth with the skills that will enable them to actively make changes, overcome obstacles and create new opportunities in their community just as Ruth Schultz did in her life.



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How Donations Will Be Used

Gifts to The Ruth Schultz Bright Days Fund are 100% tax deductible. Up to 10% of the total value of the fund can be used annually for the stated purpose of the Fund, while all remaining funds will be set aside for savings and reinvestment.

Investments in this fund will be carefully managed under the direction of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, which are led by board members and community participants, and staffed by the Sr. Director of Development. Requests for funds must be directed through the CEO and approved by the Executive Committee.

Those interested in giving or looking for additional information about initiating a new named endowment should contact at Debbie Murphy, Campaign Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (847) 272-7250.


To donate online to the Bright Days Fund, please click here.

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  • Save The Date: March 8, 2018 for Strong Kids!

    • 1 out of 5 participants at the NSYMCA take part in our life-changing programs through financial assistance.
    • Last year over 2,600 children, young adults, families and active older adults relied on our help to reach their full potential.
    • In the last 11 years, the Strong Kids Scholarship Fund has provided over $4.7 million to 20,100 children, families and seniors in our community.

    2017 was a recording-breaking year for our Y’s charity dinner. With nearly 500 of our supporters in attendance, the community raised almost $290,000 to fund our open door philosophy. Join us to beat the record and make a difference!


    The Strong Kids Dinner is the signature event of the North Suburban YMCA. Sponsors and in-kind donations are critical to the success of our fundraiser. Funds raised from the event provide scholarship to offset the cost of memberships and programs for children, families, adults and seniors. NSYMCA believes that, everyone should receive the help they need to reach their full potential.

    "BE STRONG YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE INSPIRING" is the theme for 2018. This year's event will feature a "Live Auction Raffle" with a chance to win 1 of 3 live auction items, a family style meal prepared by Pinstripes of Northbrook, as well as epic prizes. Last year's event attracted 500 residents, business and community leaders throughout the Northern Suburbs.

    Sponsorships are available. You can gain valuable exposure through recognition in NSYMCA program guides, email blasts, a listing in the event program, and on our website. Other sponsorship opportunities offer visibility through event collateral and all sponsorships include a minimum of two complimentary admissions to the event.

    Every dollar donated to the NSYMCA lifts the world around us, strengthening families and connecting our communities!

    Click here for 2018 sponsorship opportunities.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Kim Nyren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..