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 to donors and volunteers. We often think of annual reports and formal grant reports as a main vehicle to communicate impact. Here are a few creative...
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TOUCHPOINTS AND IMPACT

TOUCHPOINTS AND IMPACT

by Molly Fannin on August 3, 2016
It’s been wonderful reading about the mighty stewardship stories from the YMCA of Kitsap and Pierce Counties (thanks, Tauna Shoemaker!) and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (thanks, Lalita...
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A Book of Thanks

by Lalita Llerena on August 2, 2016
When I started as communications director at the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, my new boss invited me to the annual Chairman’s Round Table event. Having come from a non-Y background, I used the...
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Season of Stewardship

Season of Stewardship

by Tauna Shoemaker on August 1, 2016
Overview of Celebration of Philanthropy Event Our Celebration of Philanthropy is an event that warms my heart. Just eight years old, the beauty and intent behind this event is unique to the...
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A One Question Y Board Litmus Test

A One Question Y Board Litmus Test

by Jeff Jowdy on June 28, 2016
Leadership defines your YMCA! Your best board members and board candidates are being sought by many other worthy organizations in your community and beyond. It's difficult to provide just...
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Observations from the Other Side of the Table

Observations from the Other Side of the Table

by Kathryn Dobbs on May 25, 2016
Every foundation has its own processes, procedures and expectations. I’m just one foundation executive with my own ideas and opinions, but I’ve used my experience as a former YMCA development...
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It's Time to Rethink Stewardship

It's Time to Rethink Stewardship

by Tara Lenardi on April 29, 2016
The 2011 YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Financial Development Best Practices states, “With over 160 years of service, the Y is part of the fabric of our society. Ys of all sizes are working hard to build...
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Changing Lives? Shout It Out!

Changing Lives? Shout It Out!

by Lindsay Sage on January 5, 2016
Did you change a life today? We know you did…We want to hear that story. And so do the tens of thousands of your Y colleagues across North America who are also working hard to change, transform...
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Unexpected Year End Gratitude

Unexpected Year End Gratitude

by Eliza McNulty on December 21, 2015
For days when I’m feeling a little less than practically perfect, I keep a “thank you” wall. I tack up notes, cards, drawings, etc. that I’ve received that remind me of the power of conveying...
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#GivingTuesday - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

#GivingTuesday - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Adam Clevenger on December 2, 2015
I approach #GivingTuesday as a donor and a fundraising professional, so I take a critical eye, seeing the very best and very worst. And, honestly, I’m a big fan of #GivingTuesday. While it carries...
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NAYDO 365 Podcast - An Interview with the Hanson Family

NAYDO 365 Podcast - An Interview with the Hanson Family

by Sponsored by Donor By Design Group on November 4, 2015
NAYDO 365 is a series of conversations with Y leaders about fundraising, working with volunteers and leadership. They’ll share their insights from their own experiences and coach you on how to...
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Three Tips for a Successful Finish to Your Annual Campaign

Three Tips for a Successful Finish to Your Annual Campaign

by Michelle Rhino on October 26, 2015
When I’m in the middle of a campaign, exhausted and ready to throw in the towel, I remember three things that I have learned from great mentors over the years: The difference between...
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NAYDO 365 Podcast - An Interview with Jack Lund

NAYDO 365 Podcast - An Interview with Jack Lund

by Sponsored by Donor By Design Group on September 29, 2015
NAYDO 365 is a series of conversations with Y leaders about fundraising, working with volunteers and leadership. They’ll share their insights from their own experiences and coach you on how to...
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Involving Board & Volunteers in Stewardship

Involving Board & Volunteers in Stewardship

by Eliza McNulty on August 15, 2015
Stewarding your donors is a great opportunity to engage your board and volunteers. Y-USA spent August 3-7 sharing donor stewardship ideas via Twitter and encouraged local Ys to share back. We...
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Fear In Fund Raising

Fear In Fund Raising

by Adam Clevenger, CFRE on July 13, 2015
Fear is powerful, even crippling at times.Fear is such a powerful emotion that leaders throughout history have used its power. From working with fund raising volunteers (and non-development...
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