Looking Back from Present Day

11/2018 NAYDO Council completed a thorough review and refreshment of the NAYDO Strategic Plan. The new plan, Fueling Philanthropy, continues to focus on NAYDO mission to inspire and strengthen the philanthropic culture of the Y through year-round education, engagement and effective communication.
and 10/2018
NAYDO hosted three successful NAYDO Academies (one-day training events) in Fort Worth, TX (112 attendees), St. Louis, MO (129 attendees) and Pittsburgh, PA (135 attendees) training 376 Y staff and volunteers in philanthropic best practices. Evaluations indicated that the Academies are valued by the movement. 
4/2018 The 27th Annual Conference was hosted by the two smallest Ys, YMCA of Greater New Orleans and Dryades YMCA, ever to host a NAYDO Conference, chaired by a NAYDO Young Professional Alumn for the first time and resulted in just under the record  2,000 registrations reached in NAYDO 2017 in San Diego, making it the second largest conference. The Eagle Banquet was moved to the Awards Luncheon giving attendees a free night in New Orleans. 
1/2018 NAYDO sponsored the Capital Development Workshop as a pre-conference event at the Small & Mid-Size Y Conference in Clearwater, FL involving 16 participants, the first time in over five years this course was offered outside of the NAYDO Conference.
10/2017 We tested the concept of a one-day training event, bringing the conference experience to a smaller regional audience. Focused on Annual Campaign and targeted toward Program Directors, frontline staff and volunteers, our inaugural NAYDO Academy took place in Pittsburgh and was attended by 125 participants from 10 associations.
4/2017 The NAYDO Alumni and Retiree Team (ART) was officially launched to provide Y retirees and other staff who may have left the Y (alumni) opportunities to volunteer at the conference and year-round for NAYDO.
4/2017 The 36th Annual NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy held in San Diego recorded the highest attendance and breaking 2,000 for the first time ever. NAYDO 2017 involved 1565 registered attendees plus 299 sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and 180 Host Y volunteers.
4/2016 The new NAYDO website debuted with a password-protected Members Only Resource section adding yet another benefit to NAYDO Membership. The Members Only Resources include, among other items, the recordings of all NAYDO webinars throughout the year.
4/2016 The NAYDO conference on YMCA Philanthropy celebrated its 35th anniversary in Detroit and was co-hosted by YMCAs in two different countries for the first time: YMCAs of Western Ontario (Canada) and Metropolitan Detroit (US).
4/2016 With 37 in the Class of 2016, the NAYDO Young Professionals was the largest class ever. Since its inception in 2010, 181 staff have completed the program and many have continued their involvement as alumni.
9/2015 New benefits for NAYDO members this year included the launch of NAYDO 365 Podcasts, sponsored by Donor By Design, which drew more than 300 listeners its first year, the posting of philanthropy-related job opportunities on the NAYDO website, and providing each YMCA that is an Association Member with a complimentary set of the recordings from the NAYDO Conference workshops.
4/2015 A pilot program for YMCA Retirees was initiated with a focus group during the 2015 Conference leading to the conclusion that the program should be broadened to include YMCA Alumni (staff who have left the Y) as well as YMCA retirees.
4/2015 The 34th Annual Conference on YMCA Philanthropy in Atlanta was a success with its 1,536 staff and volunteers in attendance including 30 International attendees. This was the largest conference in NAYDO history with close to 1,800 when sponsors, exhibitors and speakers are included in count.
10/2014 NAYDO partnered with the YMCA North American Network (YNAN) on a project to determine what is necessary to develop, support and maintain a culture of philanthropy at local Ys
08/2014 Developments newsletter is moved to an electronic format and increased from three to six issues annually

2014-2015 webinar series kicked off with a lineup of 10 great sessions increasing from 6 to 10 for the year, all of which experienced record attendance numbers
04/2014 33rd Annual NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy held in San Antonio, Texas achieved an all time high attendance record with 1426 registered involving 1580 when including the sponsor, exhibitors and guests in the total
11/2013 NAYDO hires its first Membership and Education Director
07/2013 First NAYDO online membership system activated
06/2013 NAYDO Council approved a new strategic plan, “Securing Abundant Resources”.
04/2013 32nd Annual NAYDO Conference held in Vancouver, Canada was a success with 1,022 staff and volunteers in attendance representing 25 countries. Included in this number was a new NAYDO record of 77 international attendees.
11/2012 NAYDO Council embarks on development of a new strategic plan revolving around three goals: 1) redefine our offerings to create a variety of educational opportunities outside of the annual conference; 2) YMCAs demonstrate a culture of learning and re-framing; 3) membership as ownership.
04/2012 31st Annual NAYDO Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania brought together 1,419 attendees representing 18 countries.
02/2012 Mexican Federation of YMCAs becomes the third non-voting national movement to be represented on the NAYDO Council along with Y-USA and YMCA Canada.
12/2011 New Operating Agreement, as a third party LLC of Y-USA, and New By-Laws approved.
12/2011 The eighth consecutive year of membership growth resulting in 3665 staff and 2446 volunteers totaling 6120 members representing 270 Association memberships and 122 Individual memberships.
08/2011 Redesigned NAYDO web site launched.
04/2011 Philanthropy Live! is launched as a preconference event in Anaheim with 32 individuals involved


30th Annual NAYDO Conference held in Anaheim, California with 1,145 registrations and 1,311 involved counting our exhibitors, speakers, and guests representing 20 countries beyond North America.


NAYDO membership surpasses 5500 for first time with 256 Association Members and 124 Individual Members including International Members from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, and Denmark.


NAYDO Webinar Education Series l(instead of individual webinars) launched.


NAYDO Representation at World Council of YMCA Conference in Hong Kong.


Launched upgrade to online NAYDO Conference registration.


29th Annual  NAYDO Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina with 1000 in attendance including representatives from 23 countries beyond North America.


NAYDO Young Professional Program Pilot Project Class of 2010 launched.


2010-2012 Strategic Plan adopted outlining 5 priorities:  Education, Research and Development, Communications, Membership Development, Strengthen Philanthropy Alliance.


Cygnus Member-to-Donor Study completed.


NAYDO established Facebook page, Twitter account and arranged for blogs before, during and after the NAYDO 2010 Conference.


NAYDO Conference sessions and webinars become eligible for CFRE Continuing Education Credit.


28th annual NAYDO Conference is held in Dallas, Texas with 1000 in attendance with 17 countries beyond North America represented. Spanish translation offered at selected sessions. $50,000 provided in conference financial assistance.


Membership tops 5,084 with 226 association memberships, 174 individual memberships. 34% of memberships are volunteers.


Adoption of NAYDO’s Vision for Philanthropy Education for the YMCA Movement.


NAYDO Leadership Development Plan is created and implemented.


Fundraising Toolkit is released as a member value-added benefit.


Green Book on major gifts work is released at NAYDO Conference.


Member-to-Donor Conversion study (Cygnus) begins with three pilot YMCAs – Ann Arbor, Atlanta and Hamilton/Burlington.  Study includes parallel track to maximizes learning.


NAYDO, YMCA of the USA, YMCA Canada, and the Chief Development Officers from the North American Urban Group and Metro 30 sign new YMCA Philanthropy Alliance Agreement.


27th annual NAYDO Conference is held in Montreal, Ontario, Canada.  Conference attendance tops 1200.


First web seminar for NAYDO members.


NAYDO web site changed to Share Point format for ongoing updates, resource sharing, etc.


NAYDO introduces on-line registration for the 2008 conference.


First Zoomerang resource to survey conference participants.


2007 NAYDO Conference exceeds 1,100 participants in San Francisco, California.


NAYDO convenes annual retreat in Banff, Alberta, Canada to begin work on next long-range, strategic plan. Council retreat is attended by national leaders of Y USA and Y Canada.

06/2006 NAYDO/Partnership commissions Environics Research Group to conduct survey of giving patterns/behaviors of Canadian and USA members.
06/2006 NAYDO Council approves operating Reserve Account to endow future needs/long range strategic planning of Council/NAYDO.
06/2005 NAYDO signs MOU with AFP to pursue collaborative effort of identifying services and benefits to collective advantage of each organization and its membership.
03/2005 NAYDO Eagle Award criteria restructured to recognize Association excellence in fundraising.
03/2006 NAYDO celebrates its 25th anniversary at the 2006 NAYDO Conference in Indianapolis.
06/2005 NAYDO hires full time Conference/Administrative Services Coordinator to support ongoing work of Council and annual conferences.
06/2004 NAYDO unveils its new Association Member category.
06/2003 Partnership agrees to rewrite the YMCA Annual Support Campaign Manual, “Red Book” and produce the new manual under the auspices of NAYDO. New CD produced and distributed at 2005 NAYDO Conference in Baltimore, MD.
06/2003 NAYDO Council conducts third strategic planning effort in Colorado Springs, CO.
09/2002 Membership fees increased to $175 for new members, $150 for renewing members effective 7/1/03.
07/01/2002 NAYDO officially becomes Limited Liability Corporation of YMCA of the USA
06/2002 NAYDO enters into a contract with Triangle2 for organizational support services to include membership, library, conference management & marketing, newsletter and website updates.
12/2001 NAYDO Council approves contract for association management services.
06/2001 NAYDO Council votes to recommend to the membership that NAYDO become a Limited Liability Corporation under the umbrella of YMCA of the USA.
06/2001 NAYDO Council Expense Reimbursement policy established.
09/1999  Partnership established two primary goals: 1) to integrate philanthropy as a significant part of all aspects of YMCA work; 2) to develop and endorse best practices and key measurements for a successful YMCA financial development program.
06/1999 NAYDO Council conducts second strategic planning effort in Cape Cod, Mass.
1999 Partnership between NAYDO, YMCA of Canada, YMCA of the USA formally established.
11/1998 NAYDO Council forms a task force to explore the idea of outside administrative services for NAYDO and the conference.
06/1998 Membership fee raised to $150 new members, $125 renewals.
06/1998 NAYDO advocates to YMCA of the USA and YMCA of Canada for the filling and funding of two National Financial Development positions.  NAYDO expressed it’s view that philanthropy is central and integral to the YMCA movement.
03/1998 Anita Joseph Memorial Scholarship established.  This scholarship is to be given to a YMCA who is coming to the conference for the purpose of establishing an annual support program for their home YMCA.
03/1998 NAYDO web site established: www.naydo.org
06/1997 At the recommendation of Bruce Berglund, Philanthropy School is added to the annual conference starting in 1998.
03/1996 Name of the organization changed from North American YMCA Development Officers to North American YMCA Development Organization.
Adopted a new logo
06/1994 NAYDO embraces the idea to initiate a partnership with the national organizations that would result in a common vision of financial development.
06/1994 Membership broadened to include those who have an interest in, commitment to, or responsibility for increasing contributed income in their YMCA.
10/1993 Adopted a long range planning process for NAYDO to incorporate financial development needs of the YMCA’s in the U.S. and Canada (Colorado Springs, CO).
10/1993 Adopted criteria and format for council nomination process to assure diverse representation of qualified candidates on the council
06/1993 Appointed a scholarship committee to make recommendations on scholarship guidelines, budget and selection process for the annual conference.
06/1992 Fundraiser of the Year Award name was changed to Excellence in Fundraising Award to reflect long-term achievement.  The “surprise” element was eliminated to encourage spouse/significant others attendance.
06/1992 It was decided to encourage volunteers and YMCA marketing staff to attend our annual conference.
09/15/90 Set membership fees as follows: active - $125; Associate - $175; Retired - $75 (former YMCA employee who is now receiving payments from the YMCA Retirement Fund).
06/13/90 Expanded NAYDO Fundraiser of the Year award to include two categories: Metropolitan YMCAs and Single Unit YMCAs.
06/13/90 Decided that NAYDO would only give scholarships for conference attendance, not membership.
10/16/89 Set fee for Associate Membership (former active members) at $50 over the Active Membership fee.
10/16/89 Set Active Membership fee at $125.
06/01/89 Required all expenditures above authorized budgeted amounts to receive prior approval of the Chairman and Treasurer in order to be reimbursed.
06/01/89 Set December 1 as annual deadline for receipt of entries for the Print & Audio-Visual Materials contest.
04/08/89 Conferred Emeritus Member status on John L. MacBean.
10/17/89 NAYDO recognized by National Board of YMCA as an affiliated organization allowing use of YMCA name and symbol.
10/17/89 Rental rate for NAYDO library: $10-members; $35-nonmembers.
03/11/88 NAYDO pins to be distributed only to members.
03/11/88 Adopted alternate method of being recognized as NAYDO Certified Annual Support Trainer.  Application fee to be $25.
10/08/87 Adopted new logo for NAYDO.
10/08/87 NAYDO Certified Trainers must be members of NAYDO.
06/19/87 Name changed to North American YMCA Development Officers (NAYDO) from North American Fellowship of YMCA Development Officers.
05/14/87 Funds for audio/visual awards and conference scholarships are to come from NAYDO’s annual budget, not the conference budget.
05/14/87 The words “Founded 1980” will be dropped from the NAYDO logo.
05/29/85 NAYDO will reimburse travel expenses in excess of $300 for council members’ attendance at official meetings of the NAYDO Council.
05/29/85 20% of any surplus from the immediately preceding year will be allocated in the current year for scholarships to help racial minorities attend the NAYDO conference.
05/29/85 NAYDO will present special certificates to all members obtaining CFRE status.
05/29/85 Added “print material” category to annual awards.
05/29/85 Adopted NAYDO Certification of Annual Support Trainers process developed by Doug Herron.
10/12/84 Adopted January 1 - December 31 membership year.
03/04/84 Dropped Institutional and Affiliate categories of membership.
03/04/84 Conferred Charter Member Emeritus status on Philip S. Brain.
11/07/83 Voted to drop Institutional and Affiliate categories of membership.
11/07/83 Created Audio-Visual Materials Awards program.
06/16/83 NAYDO takes leadership for the development of a longer and more inclusive CDP Financial Development Module
03/13/83 Created lending Library of campaign Audio-Visual materials
Council begins refering to the organization as NAYDO
03/01/81 First Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO with the following action taken:
  • By-laws adopted
  • Approved the initial council members:
Donald Anderson, Seattle
Ben Casey, New Orleans
Nevin Gehman, New York
Hugh Hurst, Nashville
Kenneth Isherwood, Detroit          
Norris Lineweaver, Houston
Paul Netzel, Los Angeles 
Matthew Ottaviano, Chicago
George Rodger, Toronto  
Paul Schmitt
Dick Stoll, St Louis        
R. Clark Thompson, Washington D.C.
  • First Council Officers were:
Paul Netzel, Chair
Dick Stoll, Vice Chair
George Rodger, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Letter of gratitude was extended to Phil Brain whose efforts and leadership helped to found the Fellowship.
  • The fellowship thanked N.S.F.R.E. for their cooperation, support and leadership in the planning of the first Conference.
  • The fellowship thanked Dick Stoll for organizing the first Annual Meeting and Conference.
02/28/81 Council (called The Council on YMCA Financial Development) meets with the following decisions being acted upon: Fiscal Year to end on May 31; All membership dues become due on November 1; Membership dues set at $100
06/18-20/80 First meeting of North American Fellowship of YMCA Development Officers in Denver, Colorado.
11/1979 Eight individuals gather in St Louis to give further attention to the idea (NAYDO) and developed a meeting date and place. 
The original planning group was:
  • Nevin Gehman, New York
  • Paul Netzel, Los Angeles
  • Dick Stoll, St. Louis
  • Don Kemp, Denver
  • Matt Ottaviano, Chicago
  • Dave Austin, Mid-America Region
  • Moss Causey, National Council
  • Phil Brain, Minneapolis
10/1979  Phil Brain presents, to a group of peers in the Mid-America Region, his idea of forming a “Society of Professional YMCA Financial Development Officers.”