News & updates from North American YMCA Development Organization    April 2020


Message from the NAYDO Chair

Dear NAYDO Members,  

Like you, I am exhausted, overwhelmed, and drained mentally and emotionally. Staff furloughs and layoffs are devastating decisions to make when our Y coworkers are more like family than employees. Canceling the 2020 NAYDO Conference was something no one wanted to do. Yet, in spite of the challenges and continuing uncertain news, I am hopeful and grateful, because I am extremely proud of the work being accomplished by our Y, Ys throughout the movement, and NAYDO – especially under such difficult circumstances.

We’re all in this for our survival, but we cannot afford NOT to have the Y come back for the families and individuals who need and deserve us. Because the Y is a 175-year-old movement, we have seen our fair share of challenges and have reinvented ourselves each and every time to meet the most pressing needs of our communities. I have no doubt that will be the case as we come back from this pandemic.

Each of us has personal gifts. Whatever yours are, use them to their fullest and lean into what you were born to do, because you’re needed now more than ever! NAYDO has the gift of being here for us with resources or a listening ear and encouraging voice. Please know we are here for you, so let us know what you need. And, let’s look forward to better days ahead.

Yours in Y service,

Shelly McTighe-Rippengale
YMCA of San Diego County
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
NAYDO Council Chair


And people stayed home

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

* There's a debate about the author, so just enjoy this poem's intention.

This week’s musical inspiration ... listen and watch now!

A message from the Jerusalem International YMCA

Monthly Webinar sponsored by Daxko
Thursday, April 16, 1:30 p.m. Central

Fundraising through Fear and Uncertainty 

Presented by Rachel Muir, CFRE

How do you fundraise in a time of overwhelming anxiety, stress, and uncertainty?   Let’s be honest: fundraising takes a truckload of guts on a good day. If you're at a loss for how to communicate with donors in this crisis, join our special guest Rachel Muir, CFRE for some help. This workshop is dedicated to helping you navigate these turbulent times with inspiration and strategies to help you weather the storm, deepen your donor relationships, and address COVID-19 in your fundraising. You’ll walk away with:

  • A confidence boost
  • Tools to cultivate donor relationships when you can't meet in person
  • Examples to make it all easier
  • Plenty of virtual hugs

We can't wait to (virtually) see you on the 16th!


Thank you, Daxko, sponsor of the NAYDO Webinar Series. 

May 5 - Global day of giving and unity

In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, GivingTuesday is hosting #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, set to take place May 5, 2020. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

To learn more and participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, visit the GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday Twitter.

NAYDO May Webinar sponsored by Daxko - Capital Development

Save the Date!
Thursday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. Central

Adam Clevenger CFRE, will tweak his topic to discuss what to do if you're in a feasibility study or capital campaign

Adam has had a lifelong involvement and passion for the Y. He has served in nearly every role including participant, member, staff, volunteer, donor, and parent. Currently a Partner with Loring, Sternberg and Associates, Adam is a highly-rated, highly-respected NAYDO presenter!

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Survival/Personal development
Take care of yourself first!
You can’t help someone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Here are 10 tips, which are great recommendations.

Managing staff who are working from home
Penelope Burk offers helpful insights in Burk's Blog.


10 steps to Rapid Strategy Implementation
A 3-minute read to help you set your priorities from TechSoup

Ask an Expert
Good Q&A! Bloomerang's Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, also known as Charity Clairity.

CARES Act adds Charitable Giving Incentives 

Restrictions loosened around itemizing deductions for tax purposes  

The CARES Act provides incentives for people to increase their charitable giving as a result of the pandemic, including an above-the-line deduction for non-itemizers for up to $300 for cash contributions made during 2020 to public charities, and the removal of the cap on the deductibility of cash contributions for those who itemize. The goal is to encourage giving to nonprofits to meet the increased demands for services and ensure they have the needed resources to continue to serve the public.   

Career planning
Earn your CFRE

If you have extra time right now, do something for your personal and professional development!
April 15 and July 15 are the next CFRE application deadlines. NAYDO members receive a discounted certification fee.


Sponsors and Exhibitors
NAYDO would like to thank the 42 companies/organizations that committed their 2020 fees to the 2021 Conference in St. Louis instead of requesting a refund. Their company names and websites remain posted on the NAYDO  website

NAYDO is most grateful to the companies that DONATED their FEES to help support the organization:  
Bloomerang                                             Precor
DBD Group                                               The Redwoods Group

NAYDO Member Conference Attendees
NAYDO wishes to thank all 2020 registered conference attendees for understanding the need to retain the non-refundable deposit to cover pre-conference expenses. We would like to recognize the 15 YMCAs that gave above and beyond the deposit by donating all or part of their registration fees paid:


Ann Arbor YMCA

YMCA of Greater Montgomery

Columbus Family YMCA

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Hastings YMCA

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Marion Family YMCA

YMCA of San Diego County

Saginaw YMCA

YMCA of the Rockies

Wapakoneta YMCA

YMCA of the Triangle Area

YMCA Mexico

YMCA of the USA Financial Development

YMCA of Central Virginia

YMCA of the USA International Group


NAYDO Sponsors & Exhibitors 
Special offers and messages from sponsors for sticking with NAYDO

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Unless they are NAYDO members, sponsors or exhibitors, NAYDO does not endorse or support the websites, consultants or other resources cited in these articles and links. The information is provided as food for thought only!

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