NAYDO 2021 Conference registration is open! The conference will be virtual only April 13-15. Plan and budget now to attend. There are no travel expenses, so take advantage of this training and professional development opportunity. Register through March 26.

The January/February Fundamentals were a success, thanks to our presenters:
Andrew Powers, Robyn Furness-Fallin CFRE, Pam Havlick Hearn CFRE, Beth Becker, Beth Casper, Christina Harley CFRE, and Kristy Cairns.
Watch for Fundamentals this summer!

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CEO Feature

How Would Our Y Look Without NAYDO?                                                       

By Nat Auten, President & CEO of the YMCA of Catawba Valley, Hickory, N.C.  
Think of the support our YMCAs received this year: many benefited from SBA funds; our donors stepped

up with more philanthropic gifts; members stayed with us; partners helped create stability; and, we
served ALL. After 2020, I am convinced that establishing a network and culture of giving inside the YMCA will be a cornerstone of our work ahead. 

First, a story about this year. During quarantine, my wife had a chance to spend more time at home with our 4-year-old daughter Saylor and that experiment was not the vision many mothers crave. We thought days would start with making cinnamon rolls, walks around the neighborhood, and I would arrive home to see that day’s craft (an Easter bunny made of cotton balls). Reality – open cereal box, dance to YouTube songs, the constant desire for nap time, and calls to Dad to come home were commonplace. We learned Jennifer is not meant to be a stay-home mom. We now have a new appreciation of the teachers in childcare. We learned to pivot. And, we learned how valuable our support system is to us, and also the culture at home needs intentionality and planning – which is no different than the Y’s work ahead.

Without knowing it, NAYDO created the culture of giving that we needed to endure the challenges of 2020. These challenges taught us how to tell our story – with one voice. NAYDO reminded us that being in front of the top 10 funders in our community is a must, no matter the year. As a movement, NAYDO continued to bring us together because we all can acknowledge that our relationships create the trust needed for future success. We often say, “How would our community look without a Y?” I would counter, “How would our Y look without NAYDO?” I am proud of NAYDO’s work to prepare us all by focusing our efforts to build a better us. My hope is more people become engaged in NAYDO – given all the decisions we face, it is the easiest win-win on your desk.



May 20
Webinar: Major Gifts
May 20 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
May 20, 2020 1:30 p.m. Central / 2:30 p.m. Eastern Major Gifts: Your Pathway to a Successful and Meaningful Annual Campaign Presenters: Doug Dillion, CEO, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners Christian Rieseberg, Senior Consultant, Jer...

Jun 17
Webinar: 2021 Giving USA: Trends and What it Means for Your Y
June 17 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:30 p.m. Central / 2:30 p.m. Eastern 2021 Giving USA: Trends and What it Means for Your Y Presenters from Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, LLC: Don Souhrada, President & CEO Amy Funk, Senior Vic...

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CFRE International is an independent nonprofit organization whose sole mission is dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals. Congratulations to NAYDO's newest CFREs:

Carrie Collins, CFRE, SVP, Chief Advancement Officer
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

Cassie Lloyd, M.Ed., CFRE, Director of Mission Advancement
YMCA of Greater Spartanburg


From the NAYDO Chair: People, Purpose, and Passion

by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on February 10, 2021
PEOPLE, PURPOSE, AND PASSION My philosophy for 2021 is to look forward, not back. And since it’s February (already!), I’m looking forward to the April 13-15 NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy. As Ys reopen and reemerge, we continue to develop new ideas and virtual ways to lead annual campaigns, restart capital campaigns,...
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  • From the NAYDO Chair: Moving Forward

    From the NAYDO Chair: Moving Forward

    by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on December 4, 2020
    MOVING FORWARD Like me, many YMCA development colleagues are Type A personalities: we like to plan and be in control of what is happening in our world. Gone, for now, are the days when I could...
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  • From the NAYDO Chair: Building Our NAYDO Community

    From the NAYDO Chair: Building Our NAYDO Community

    by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on October 15, 2020
    Building Our NAYDO Community Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how COVID-19 has refined my thinking about donors. Before, I might have been more focused on asking for a specific program or...
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  • From the NAYDO Chair: What I Know These Days

    From the NAYDO Chair: What I Know These Days

    by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on August 11, 2020
    What I Know These Days Here are a few of my truths in today’s landscape: - Nothing is the same. - I am having to make excruciating decisions, which often keeps me up at night. - I need a daily...
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  • We’re All in this Together

    We’re All in this Together

    by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale & Mary Zoller on June 5, 2020
    “We’re all in this together” is the phrase we keep hearing as the world deals with the economic hardship and health challenges of the current pandemic. NAYDO believes that the same phrase should...
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  • My Perspective on What's Happening in Our Country

    My Perspective on What's Happening in Our Country

    by Kevin Washington, YMCA OF THE USA President and CEO on June 2, 2020
    Dear YMCA Colleagues: I hope you and your loved ones are safe from the violence and destruction gripping so many of our communities. I am really struggling to process what is happening in our...
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NAYDO is here for you to answer questions, provide a place to share samples of communications and stewardship ideas that are working, and serve as a place you can call for familiar voices eager to listen to what you are experiencing and hear how NAYDO can help you. NAYDO's staff is working and at your service:

Mary Zoller
NAYDO Operations and Conference Director
(504) 464-7845 or

Contact for help with:
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Kristen Obaranec
NAYDO Virtual Training Director
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Contact for help with: 
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Kathy Meehan
NAYDO Database Specialist
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