Gerry 'Gary' Knox

Financial Development Director, YMCA of Catawba Valley
NAYDO: Membership Committee 
Office: 828 838 1567



  • Years total YMCA staff experience: 8
  • Years in current Y position: 8

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support

  - Under Gerry's leadership the YMCA of Catawba Valley's Annual Campaign has grown from $267,000 in 2013 to just under $600,000 in eight years.  

Capital Development

   - Under Gerry's leadership the YMCA of Catawba Valley successfully launched, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest capital campaign in the association's history and raised more than $10 million to renovate two YMCA's in the Y footprint.

Endowment/Planned Giving

   - During Gerry's tenure the endowment has doubled since 2017 to $5M



   - In development & marketing, Gerry has navigated and managed graphic design, social media and a website rebuild leading to more consistent communication to members, non-members and the community at large.
   - Increasing brand recognition has positively impacted all philanthropic efforts. Coordinated two three-year strategic plans (with the most recent 2023-2026) with these three plan priorities 1. Build Awareness, Expand our Reach, 2. Leverage Partnerships, and 3. Grow Resources.  


 - Researches, identifies, writes and supervises grant development to support the Y mission on a local and/or private level, as well as, state & federal grant opportunities.  

Civic Engagement

  - Member & Past Board Member: Association of Fundraising Professionals
  - Board Member: Habitat for Humanity
  - Board Member: Vice Executive Board Chair Southmountain Children & Family Services 
  - Past President: Rotary Club of Hickory
  - Elder-Salem Presbytery: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian U.S.A. 


  - Holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Industrial Relations and a Masters of Business Administration