News and updates from North American YMCA Development Organization August 2019
Message from the NAYDO Chair
The Y's Special Ingredient
Dear NAYDO Members,
I believe our volunteers are what set us apart – and truly distinguish us – from other nonprofit organizations. Since Ys are volunteer-organized and volunteer-led, we experience the extraordinary commitment of board members, fundraisers, campaigners, and program volunteers, along with their positive impact in our communities.
Developing, recruiting, engaging, and stewarding volunteers is vital to the success of any Y. NAYDO provides guidance, training, and resources for staff who lead volunteers and for the volunteers themselves. I am so proud of the involvement of Mike Hood, just one of the outstanding YMCA of San Diego County volunteers.
A former Branch and then Corporate Board Chair here in San Diego, Mike chairs the Volunteer in Philanthropy (VIP) program, NAYDO Network, and conference activities. He works closely with another remarkable volunteer, Justin Stearns of the Gateway Region YMCA in St. Louis, who is passionate about Young VIPs – board members and volunteers under 40. Together, they are taking Board and Volunteer Development to new heights.
I encourage you to involve your board members and development volunteers in NAYDO at the 2020 Conference in Washington, D.C., or through NAYDO's year-round learning opportunities. Check some of them out in this newsletter.
And, be sure to look for Mike next April at the NAYDO Conference. You'll enjoy getting to know him, and I am sure you'll take a few of his ideas back to your Y.
NAYDO Council Chair
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
YMCA of San Diego County
Recruiting and Retaining Millennials as Board Membersby Justin Stearns, NAYDO VIP, Volunteer in Philanthropy
Young board members add value to the Y. They offer untapped skills and potential and cause-driven energy – and they want to be successful. Here are some tips I've learned on my own YMCA Board Member journey.
• Recruit board members and development volunteers from your current program volunteers. They are already involved and fired up about the Y.
• Serving on a board enhances your professional development skills. As a Board Chair, I practice leading others, giving presentations and much more. What’s best is that it is off the job, so it's a risk-free environment.
• Through my board involvement, I've gained access to high-level community influencers. It's a great way to establish relationships and find a professional mentor.
• Recruiting young board members requires an intentional effort with a proactive approach and plan. Use social media to connect, engage and network.
Justin is the NAYDO Young VIPs (Under 40) Chair and the Monsanto Branch Board Chair of the Gateway Region YMCA in St. Louis.
Hear Justin talk more about recruiting and retaining young professionals in his interview with Amy Eisenstein CFRE.
Check out the new webinar schedule for the next 12 months. It's a great lineup of topics and speakers. See schedule
NAYDO ACADEMY 2019A 1-day training on YMCA philanthropy for board members, fundraising volunteers, branch staff leadership, and frontline staff
October 30 in Detroit, Michigan - Hosted by the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. View schedule. Registration begins August 29
Congrats to Our New NAYDO CFREs
YMCA of Western North Carolina
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, CA
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Ontario
YMCA of Snohomish County, WA
October 1 is CFRE application deadline
Don’t let 2019’s final CFRE application deadline pass you by. Submit your application so you can be on your way to earning the only accredited, globally-recognized certification for fundraising professionals. Start your application at no cost. View the application requirements. You only pay when you are ready to submit. NAYDO members enjoy 20% off CFRE initial certification and recertification.
Questions? Need help getting started? Contact CFRE International at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan now for NAYDO 2020 near Washington, D.C.
2020 NAYDO Conference | April 1-4
Making Philanthropy a Monumental Experience
Make your hotel reservations now
Member-only registration begins September 16. Applications will be on the website, naydo.org, starting 9/16, for:
The NAYDO Young Professionals program, for YMCA staff age 31 or younger;
Nominate your Y for the Eagle Award or Communications Contest. Deadline: Dec. 4
Learn about NAYDO Financial Assistance for Membership or the Conference
Deadline for all is Dec. 4.