From the NAYDO Chair: People, Purpose, and Passion

by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on February 10, 2021


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, reconfigure membership, reimagine programming, relaunch planned giving efforts, reengage board members, communicate in new ways, and learn more about all aspects of philanthropy. And we’re doing it with fewer staff and resources.  

The conference is where you’ll see how this comes together in Ys of all sizes and  serving different communities. It will be engaging and inspiring, whether you are at home or in the office. Be sure to register and join in so you can continue your professional and personal development.

My term as NAYDO Chair will end with the conference. Honestly, it’s been agonizing to make some difficult decisions during the pandemic. But it’s been rewarding and reenergizing, too. I’m inspired by our fellow Y donors, volunteers and staff who are committed to our mission and the work we can accomplish together. I see first-hand how vital this involvement is for NAYDO’s future and the Y Movement’s future.

NAYDO is a collective investment in our philanthropic success. We must continue to find the resources, tools, tactics, and know-how to meet the changing needs of our communities. NAYDO is where we can collaborate and share our successes.  

I personally invite and encourage you to get more involved in NAYDO so you, too, can be richly rewarded with friendships, inspiration, mentors, learning, laughter, and love – not to mention a few hundred new tips and tools to raise even more money!

Yours in Y service,

Shelly McTighe-Rippengale
YMCA of San Diego County
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
NAYDO Council Chair