Michelle Curtis, CFRE
Chief Development Officer/VP of Philanthropy
YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Florida

NAYDO: Membership Committee, Community Benefit Track Dean
Office:  727 895 9622 x 2154


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and Other): 19 
  • Years Affiliated with the YMCA (as Staff or Volunteer) : 7
  • Budget in Current Position: $1.7M 


Leads a strong Development team that currently raises and oversees $5.2M annually ($700K annual, $4.5M Grants/Foundations); previously grew annual support $2M through prospecting and new major gifts at The Florida Orchestra where served as Senior Development Officer. 

Capital Development

After raising $21M and currently in the community phase of the $25M "Y For Life" campaign at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg which is part of a comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise over $60M in capital, annual and endowment giving. As Associate Director of Major Gifts at Eckerd College, oversaw a five state territory (boots on the ground fundraising) which contributed $25M to a $70M capital campaign for construction of a new molecular science facility.

Endowment/Planned Giving
Relaunched endowment/planned giving at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, with more than $2M pledged in the past 24 months.

Served as a Y-USA Service Delivery Provider in financial development and marketing; serving on the board of AFP-Tampa Bay Chapter; past and current presenter at NAYDO Conferences.