Carolyn Grady

SVP, Development, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
NAYDO: NAYDO Chair, Education Committee 
Office: 412.227.3828


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and Other):20
  • Years Affiliated with the YMCA (as staff or volunteer):8

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support

  • Led effort to rewrite annual case for support resulting in $385K in unrestricted major gifts
  • Led redesign of annual campaign resulting in 13% growth
  • Received $2.75M over 3 years from two local foundations providing bridge funding to support mission work in urban district
  • At Children's Hospital Foundation role as VP for Media Fundraising and Special Events included responsibility for Annual Free Care Fund and Telethon ($2M) and Gala ($4.1M)

Capital Development

  • At Family House/hospital hospitality house - $4M capital campaign
  • Sampson Family Y - $6.2M capital campaign
  • Spencer Family Y - $7M capital campaign in progress
  • YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer - $2.8M pool campaign
  • Baierl Family YMCA - $630,000 capital project
  • Centre Avenue YMCA - $7.2M capital campaign

Board/Volunteer Development

  • Expansion of Association Development Committee to include representation from branches
  • Expanded board orientation and engagement plan
  • Support for branch board development and engagement

    Grant Writing
Extensive experience securing restricted funding in support of capital projects, programming and special initiatives.

Marketing & Communications
    Extensive experience developing comprehensive communications campaigns including newsletters, direct mail appeals and case of support with local, national and international nonprofits.