Jeff Kenderdine YMCA

Jeff Kenderdine

The long-time leader of the Lancaster Family YMCA is leaving that job to head a newly formed foundation at Willow Valley Communities.

Jeffrey S. Kenderdine, who was hired by the YMCA in 1987 and became its CEO in 2004, will stay in that post through Dec. 21.

He will become executive director of the Willow Valley Communities Charitable Foundation on Jan. 2.

The nonprofits made separate announcements on Monday about Kenderdine’s move.

The YMCA said its board, under the leadership of chair Bill Hauber, is working with its national organization, Y USA, to develop a succession plan.

Willow Valley said it tapped Kenderdine because of his “extensive knowledge of the broader community and an accomplished background in fund development, capital campaigns, majors gifts and grassroots fundraising.”

Money raised by the new foundation, Willow Valley explained, will be used to fund “new resident-serving advancements,” so residents can “experience the most successful aging possible.”

The YMCA — with nearly 18,000 members, six times the 3,000 members it had when Kenderdine was promoted to CEO from director of operations — noted that Kenderdine led the organization to an era of “considerable growth.”

Highlights include replacing its Lancaster city facility, revitalizing Camp Shand (its youth camp in Cornwall), expanding services to New Holland and Lampeter-Strasburg, and opening an early learning academy for pre-K children.

“The Lancaster Family YMCA is in a better place in many ways because of Jeff's dedication and leadership, but most importantly, he has helped strengthen the Y’s ability to deliver on our mission of service...,” said Hauber. “We are very grateful for Jeff’s contributions, and he will continue to be an asset to this community in his new role.”

Kenderdine earned a salary of $124,800 plus $10,000 in other compensation in 2015, according to the most recent YMCA filing with the IRS that's available online.

The 53-year-old Manheim Township resident is a graduate of Manheim Township High School and the University of Delaware.