Excellence in Fundraising: Eagle Awards
The Excellence in Fundraising Eagle Awards are presented annually to YMCA Associations who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in YMCA Financial Development. These Associations will have positioned their YMCA in the top group of most important charitable causes in their communities.
2014 Eagle Award Nomination Form
Deadline for 2014 Nominations: December 4, 2013
Awards in Four Categories*
Categories Based on Association or Branch Operating Budget Size
- $25 million and above
- $10 million - $25 million
- $2 million - $10 million
- Less than $2 million
*Note: The Eagle Award is for truly outstanding achievement. The NAYDO Council retains the right to not present the award if none of the nominees rise to the level of truly outstanding achievement.
Criteria/JudgingAssociations or Branches must be NAYDO Association Members and demonstrate the following criteria (in priority order for judges review and scoring with items listed at top receiving a heavier weighting):
- Strong evidence that philanthropy is ingrained in all aspects of the YMCA culture.
- Demonstrate evidence of yearly growth in the annual support campaign with member involvement as a primary component.
- History of successful capital campaigns that address critical needs within their community.
- Endowment program is in place and demonstrates annual growth.
- Board demonstrates 100% participation and 100% giving, with a growing level of participation from staff and other volunteers.
- Evidence that CEO is actively engaged in all aspects of advancing and leading philanthropy within the YMCA.
- YMCA follows best practices in fund raising, with evidence of success in relationship building in all operational branches.
- Staff and volunteers work in equal partnership to advance the concepts of philanthropy.
- YMCA has extended its fund raising excellence and influence to other YMCAs and nonprofits.
- A strong case for support that positions the YMCA among the most important human service causes and worthy of support in their local community, with a clear call to action, and evidence of impact.
- Demonstrate commitment to fundraising and financial accountability standards (e.g. AFP Donor Bill of Rights, Imagine Canada Standards Program, BBB Standards for Charitable Accountability).
- Adherence to YMCA Brand Guidelines in their country of origin.
Who May NominateA supervisor, staff colleague, Y-USA staff, YMCA Canada staff, YMCA Mexico, board member, campaign volunteer or any other interested party with a thorough knowledge of the association’s fund raising record. We also encourage association self-nomination from deserving and perhaps overlooked YMCAs.
Awards will be presented at the Eagle Award Banquet on April 10, 2014 at the NAYDO Conference in San Antonio. Winners will also be invited to the VIP Awards Reception to be held immediately before the banquet. If selected, your YMCA will be asked to be available to participate in the making of a short video presentation that tells your YMCA’s philanthropic story. Participants for the video should/may include the CEO and/or Branch Executive, CVO, Development Director and participant(s) where applicable. NAYDO will supply the guidelines and arrange the team to film it. There will be no cost to your YMCA. Your YMCA will receive a copy of the video after the conference. The video serves as your acceptance speech.
Presentation of Awards/Video
Award recipient is expected to be registered for the conference and will be reimbursed for one conference registration after selection is announced.
Bryan Webber, Eagle Awards Chair
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
79 James St. S., Hamilton, ON Canada L8P 2Z1