August 2023   News from North American YMCA Development Organization   

Message from the NAYDO Chair  



Dear NAYDO Members,

As the new Council chair, I appreciate the commitment to NAYDO by YMCA Canada and YMCA of the USA. With top-down support from Peter Dinsdale and Suzanne McCormick, both national offices are making NAYDO membership more accessible. They are providing funding to NAYDO to increase the financial assistance funds for membership dues. 

Now, it is up to each Y to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of their NAYDO membership. Ensuring all staff and volunteers can access year-round education, idea sharing and networking is essential.

NAYDO is not just for CDOs or C-suite leaders. It’s for staff at every level and in every department. It’s for branch and association board members and fundraising volunteers. It’s for young professionals so they develop the fundraising skills needed to advance their careers. It takes each of us to tap into our passion for the Y Movement and advance philanthropy in our Ys.

At its core, our philanthropic role, no matter our job title, is to build relationships, tell our personal Y story, and articulate the vision of our Y―how the Y can strengthen our neighbors, our community and our world.

Here’s how to get involved in NAYDO:
• Now that your Y has joined or renewed your association membership, make sure to help your staff and volunteers activate their memberships if they are new to NAYDO or new to your Y since last share this email! My Y held a gift card drawing to focus everyone’s attention on activating their benefits and it worked like a charm!

• Participate in networks. Give young staff the professional development they seek and need with 10 networks and through applying for the Young Professionals Class of 2024. 

• Attend virtual webinars. Organize brown bag viewing parties with key staff and volunteers.

• Host a virtual NAYDO Academy. Give your frontline staff a taste of NAYDO excellence at incredibly affordable prices.

• Become a Conference Committee (or sub-committee) volunteer.  

• Share your NAYDO experience with your peers, your State Alliance and on LinkedIn.

Bottom line: Don’t wait for someone in your Y to ‘invite’ you to participate in NAYDO. Seize the initiative and discover how NAYDO can improve your personal and professional development.

Yours in philanthropy,
Carolyn Grady, NAYDO Chair
SVP, Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Have you activated your benefits (Step 2)?

By Mary Zoller, NAYDO Operations and Conference Director

During the current annual enrollment period, Step 1 establishes your YMCA as a NAYDO Association Member for the new NAYDO Membership Year. Your association contact identified budget size, payment method, or need for financial assistance. To date, two-thirds of last year's members plus more than 40 new YMCAs have completed Step 1.

Step 2 involves activating the benefits of the staff and volunteers at your Y who will be using the NAYDO Membership by participating in virtual webinars and network events or attending the in-person conference. This step is how the database will recognize an email address for the conference member rate, as an applicant for conference assistance, or as a registrant for the 2023-2024 webinar series.

The system does NOT recognize Y names, so it is most important that NEW Members complete Step 2 so their email addresses will be valid as NAYDO members and your Y will be making the most of your NAYDO Membership. Renewing YMCAs who have staff or volunteers who did not activate their benefits last year also need to activate NOW. Reply to this email if you have questions about activating benefits. 

Link to activate NAYDO Membership benefits  

New this year! Association Contacts who would like to view who from their Y has activated their benefits can request this access from Database Specialist Kathy Meehan by email or call 504 722 4248. 

We Have a Winner!

Wayne Stump, CEO, of the Bloomsburg Area YMCA in Pennsylvania is the winner of the raffle. All who renewed or joined between July 14-31 were eligible. The prize is a free 2024 NAYDO Conference Registration, a value of $775. Congratulations!   



Last webinar for the 2022-2023 membership year!
August 17, 2023, 1:30-2:30 pm Central
2023 Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2022
Understanding the Data and Gaining Insights for Your Development Decision-Making
Presenter: Gail Glasser, Senior Consultant, Lighthouse Counsel

Influence your Y's development plans with a robust set of data and insights.  Join Lighthouse Counsel senior consultant, Gail Glasser as she reviews data on the United States charitable sector as reported by Giving USA 2023: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2022.

The session will review the top findings for overall charitable giving. Information will be shared on where the donations came from - individuals, foundations, bequests, and corporations - and where the money went across charitable subsectors. Factors that impacted nonprofits, both challenges and opportunities, will be highlighted. 

Participants will gain insights on how to be data-informed in their fundraising decision-making. We will look at our donors' desire to leverage their assets and give in different ways. Use the information to compare your Y's analytics and consider expanding options for donors to give to your local Y. The session will stress best practices for using data to inform how we listen to and communicate with our donors.  

Learning outcomes:
1. Understand 2022 Giving USA data compared to historical philanthropic trends
2. Leverage Giving USA data and benchmark your own Y data
3. Garner best practices that can be immediately applied to focus your efforts, educate your stakeholders, and plan for the latest philanthropic trends
Lighthouse Counsel is a proud member of The Giving Institute, which publishes Giving USA. Click here to learn more about The Giving Institute and get a copy of the 2023 Giving USA report. 

>> Register     

September 21, 1:30-2:30 pm Central
Impact Marketing Strategies for Busy Grant Writers and Program Directors
Presenters: Pam Bailey, Senior Director of Fundraising and Public Relations, YMCA of Greater Flint, and
Lauren Wilson, Director of Funds Development, Williams YMCA of Avery County
>> Register      

October 19, 1:30-2:30 pm Central 
AI and Fund Development
Presenter: Randy Klassen, CFRE, Fund Development Consultant, TR Leadership Consulting
>> Register   

November 9, 1:30-2:30 pm Central
Crafting a Compelling Case for Donor and Government Support
Presenters: Molly Thompson, SVP of Strategic Alignment, YMCA of South Hampton Roads, and Sherree Vodicka, CEO, NC Alliance of YMCAs
>> Register
Don't forget: NAYDO Webinars qualify for Y-USA Leadership Recertification and CFRE certification credit. Past webinars are posted on the members-only section of the website. Contact Kristen Obaranec, CFRE, if you have trouble locating them. 


The Conference Registration and Financial Assistance application process will  open in late September. A Member email will be sent notifying you when both are open, the digital brochure is available, and when the conference website update is complete with 2024 details.

Arrive Wednesday, April 3 | Depart Saturday, April 6 | Reserve Now 

The 2024 NAYDO Conference will start at 5 pm Wednesday, April 3, so plan to fly into Denver International Airport on Wednesday, April 3. The Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center is 15 minutes from the airport. Book your Wednesday and Thursday night rooms now. Friday night rooms are temorarily sold out. To get on the Friday night waiting list, email your reservation confirmation number along with your name.

Gaylord Rockies Single/Double Room Rate: $269 USD plus 15.25% tax, currently 

Overflow Hotel List

NAYDO will contract with an overflow hotel once the Gaylord Rockies is sold out on all nights. To be notified when those rooms are available, send an email with a contact person name, email and number of rooms needed. You wlll be notified when the contract is signed and rooms are available.

YMCA of the Rockies is offering a mountain experience with lodging and activities for attendees from April 1 with departure on April 3, conference opening day. Post Conference stays April 6-7 are available also at a special rate that includes a paid activity voucher. YMCA of the Rockies' Estes Park Center is 1.5 hours northwest of Gaylord Rockies and is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out YMCA of the Rockies online. To book your stay, call 888-613-9622 and say you are with NAYDO. Or, contact Carrie Rossman for more details.

2024 Denver Conference Info Budget now to attend

Check out the Denver Video  
Single/Double Room Rate: $269 USD plus tax of 15.25% currently 
For a room block of 10+ rooms or other questions contact Mary Zoller, Operations & Conference Director, 504-858-3379. 

2024 Denver Mile High Giving | Denver Preview Video


 By Erica Halpern, NAYDO Networks Manager 

Networks are open to all, and there is no limit on what you can participate in. Please contact me if you have questions about NAYDO Networks.

Marketing & Communications Network
Sep 6, 2023 1:00 pm Central  
Joining the Artificial Intelligence Revolution
Presenters: Brian Gawor, CFRE, Vice President, Research, RNL, and Scott Kruger, Vice President and Consultant, RNL 
Network Sponsor: Radar Promotions

 Will AI change our jobs, replace us, or just make things totally different? Join this discussion to unpack the latest developments impacting marketing, fundraising, and donor engagement outreach in the nonprofit world. We’ll talk about what various AI technologies, including large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT really do, how you can use them right now, and show real examples live. We’ll also share some of the key privacy, safety, and ethical concerns that marketers are confronting as we explore the power of artificial intelligence. From personalization at scale to helping with everyday engagement tasks, AI can change how you do the work of donor and member engagement. Get ready to share your experiences, ideas, and questions, and find out about key resources you can use in your daily work, and how to stay informed on this rapidly changing technology.
>> Register 

Under 40 Network
September 14, 1:00 pm Central 

Advancing Your Career in the YMCA Movement
Presenters: Julie Watkins, President/CEO of YMCA of the Rockies, and Stephanie Dixon, Southwest Alliance Partner & Regional Service Hub Training Partner  

Network Sponsor: C&A Social Impact Consulting 

Join Julie Watkins and Stephanie Dixon for conversation about advancing your career within the YMCA Movement. Julie has spent her career at YMCA of the Rockies, starting as a seasonal employee and culminating as President/CEO. Stephanie, too, has spent much of her career in the YMCA and now shepherds partnership and training in the Southwest region. You’ll learn about the incredible opportunities the Y offers for lifelong learning and career development and how philanthropy ties to the work we all do.
>> Register



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Research & Data
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Fund Development
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