Volunteers as Donors - Lost Cause?

by Adam Clevenger, CFRE on October 24, 2017
Sometimes I feel it may be more effective to hit my head against a wall. I’ve long since adopted Saint Jude as my patron because I often fight the lost cause. Recently, the lost cause I’ve been fighting is getting organizations to ask their volunteers to give. Why is it so hard? Because it is the third rail of philanthropy and too often...
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Camp Stewardship – We need S’more of it!

Camp Stewardship – We need S’more of it!

by Gwen Tolman on September 1, 2017
Fundraising is tough; there is no getting around that. As a professional fundraiser, you have many different duties to be successful at your job: you are a relationship builder/manager,...
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Taking Care of Our Own: Stewarding Our Staff

Taking Care of Our Own: Stewarding Our Staff

by Courtney Cordero on August 31, 2017
Let’s talk about some people we love…our donors. Who makes up our donors to our YMCAs; board members, volunteers, vendors, companies, foundations, community partners and the list goes on. However,...
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Creating an Attitude of Gratitude at Your Y

Creating an Attitude of Gratitude at Your Y

by Elizabeth Minehart on August 31, 2017
“Tell Your Story.” I think I hear this at every NAYDO conference, every AFP Meeting and every time I talk with someone about our Annual Campaign. But I don’t think I really understood how easy...
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Engaging First time Donors

Engaging First time Donors

by Kim Lagunas on August 30, 2017
The YMCA of Greater Houston submitted this post prior to Hurricane Harvey. We are sharing it today to recognize the YMCA of Greater Houston’s fantastic work to engage with and recognize first-time...
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Best Summer Ever...in Stewardship!

Best Summer Ever...in Stewardship!

by Eleanor Lanza on August 29, 2017
This summer, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast made a concerted effort to focus on donor engagement and stewardship as its Annual Campaign began to wind down. What better way to showcase to our...
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Making Donor Promises at the YMCA of Greater Toronto

Making Donor Promises at the YMCA of Greater Toronto

by Juniper Locilento, CFRE on August 28, 2017
As fundraisers, we know instinctively that good stewardship is important – after all, we’re in the relationship business. So why is it that stewardship often falls to the bottom of our very long...
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One Fundraiser’s Stewardship Is Another Donor’s Junk

One Fundraiser’s Stewardship Is Another Donor’s Junk

by Adam L. Clevenger, CFRE on August 23, 2017
A donor’s office can tell you a lot about them. Recently, I interviewed a potential donor as part of a feasibility study. At the end of the interview, I noticed a logoed item in the corner of his...
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Join us for Stewardship Week

Join us for Stewardship Week

by Tauna Shoemaker & Eliza McNulty on August 7, 2017
NAYDO is excited to partner with Y-USA for the 3rd Annual Y-USA Stewardship Week from August 28 through September 1. We are looking for stewardship champions to join this week long celebation in...
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Creating Sustainable Growth in Your Fundraising - Part 2

Creating Sustainable Growth in Your Fundraising - Part 2

by Larry Johnson on February 27, 2017
In Part 1, I unabashedly stated that most of what passes for “sustainable fundraising” isn’t. Most organizations are living an illusion simply because money keeps coming in the door each...
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Creating Sustainable Growth in Your Fundraising—Part 1

Creating Sustainable Growth in Your Fundraising—Part 1

by Larry Johnson on February 6, 2017
“We have sustainable fundraising”, you say, “and it increases every year.” Really? Over half of the nonprofits today are expected to fail in the next five years. Factor in a healthy...
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Make Online Donors Feel Special Seconds After Donating

Make Online Donors Feel Special Seconds After Donating

by Steven Shattuck on November 21, 2016
In his book Retention Fundraising, Roger Craver shares the results of a survey of 250 nonprofits. He asked those nonprofit’s most loyal donors to rank, by order of importance, 32 drivers of donor...
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Membership, Volunteerism & Philanthropy

Membership, Volunteerism & Philanthropy

by Ira Lowy on November 8, 2016
Engaging members in philanthropy is critical to creating a strong affinity for the Y and for supporting the Y’s ability to strengthen community. Philanthropy at the Y can mean gifts of both money...
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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

by Eliza McNulty on August 5, 2016
Summer Reading List Have you tackled your summer reading list yet? Those books you dreamed of reading while lounging beach side? That new podcast series to entertain you on your daily commute?...
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Demonstrating Impact in Action

Demonstrating Impact in Action

by Eliza McNulty on August 4, 2016
I recently had an opportunity to connect with Diego Aviles, Vice President of Fund Development at the YMCA of Greater New York. We talked about different ways to demonstrate impact of funds raised...
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