YMCA of Greater Seattle saves $341,000+

Taking Advantage of buying power

With an operating budget of $54.2 million, the YMCA of Greater Seattle is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading nonprofit organizations. The Y operates 12 branches and two overnight camps, fulfilling its mission to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Senior management believed there were many unrealized opportunities to leverage their buying power potential. The CFO asked Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) to help them achieve the full benefits of coordinated purchasing.

These benefits surpassed their expectations - $341,175 identified savings to date. ERA also negotiated new contract terms with vendors on behalf of the Y, resulting in consistency in pricing and contract end dates. ERA Consultants will continue to look for opportunities to optimize the Y’s procurement practices and identify additional savings over the next 24 months.

“Unlike other consultants that I have dealt with in the past, ERA did all the heavy lifting with little time imposition on my staff,” said Glenn H. Tsugawa, Senior Vice President and CFO. “We are moving to a more centralized procurement system that will yield further benefits going forward.”

How ERA finds "hidden" savings

ERA’s U.S. practice includes more than 250 Consultants with deep industry expertise in scores of expense categories. ERA Consultants also have access to proprietary benchmark pricing data gathered from more than 14,000 successful cost-reduction projects and a suite of sophisticated RFP analytic tools.

 

"Our Y highly recommends ERA. They are very professional, very easy to work with and they deliver!" - Glenn H. Tsugawa, SVP & CFO of YMCA of Greater Seattle

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