Wendy Cornett-Marquitz, CFRE

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy/CDO, Gateway Region YMCA 
NAYDO: Secretary, Membership Committee, Major & Planned Giving Track Council Dean 
Office: 314.436.1177 ext 21650


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and Other): 23
  • Years Affiliated with the YMCA (as Staff or Volunteer) 20 
  • Budget in Current Position: $1 M

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support

Leads a strong Development team that currently raises and oversees $6.5M annually ($3M annual, $2M United Way, $1.5M Grants/Foundations); previously grew annual support to over $500K through alumni and corporate support at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Business Administration where she was Director of Development; increased annual giving campaign at YMCA of Middle Tennessee Downtown Y from $200K to $525K; as Vice President of Annual Giving at Middle Tennessee YMCA oversaw $5.7M in the association-wide annual "We Build People" campaign.

Capital Development

At University of Missouri-St. Louis exceeded the capital campaign goal of $25M; at YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Downtown Y exceeded its $10M goal to renovate and expand its facility.

Endowment/Planned Giving

Has reinvigorated the Endowment program at Gateway Region YMCA.

Served as a National Y trainer in areas of financial development; served on the board of AFP-Nashville Chapter; past and current presenter at NAYDO Conferences. Gateway Region YMCA is a 2021 Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising recipient.