Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities 

NAYDO Council

The governing body for the North American YMCA Development Organization is composed of NAYDO Council Members who serve 3 year terms and can be re-nominated for a second 3 year term. Council members must  be NAYDO Association Members, have demonstrated competence in their field, work at YMCAs that model financial development best practices, and have a record of NAYDO involvement. A Nominating Committee recommends to the NAYDO Council the names of new Council Members when openings occur. For more information contact Nominating Chair Pam Hearn or NAYDO Operations and Conference Director Mary Zoller at or 504-464-7845.

Alumni and Retiree Team [ART]

Interested in continuing your commitment to creating a culture of YMCA philanthropy? Become part of the Alumni and Retiree Team and volunteer to support NAYDO's mission. All we ask is that you provide service in at least one way each year. These opportunities include the annual conference and year-round activities. Learn more and enroll ... there is no cost.


The NAYDO newsletter Developments provides a volunteer opportunity for those who enjoy documenting in writing issues related to philanthropy. For a schedule of due dates or more information contact Kristen Obaranec, CFRE.


Just as presenters are recruited for the conference, webinar presenters are needed as well but so are topic suggestions. If you have a topic to suggest or would like to volunteer to present a webinar, contact Kristen Obaranec.  

Social Media 

Throughout the year, we encourage NAYDO members to share their ideas on topics related to philanthropy and leadership via Facebook and Twitter. Want to get involved?
  • Become a fan of NAYDO on Facebook. This is a great way to connect with other NAYDO members and share questions and suggestions.
  • Follow NAYDO on Twitter for ideas and to help spread the good word about YMCA philanthropy! 
  • Contact NAYDO Virtual Training Director Kristen Obaranec if you would like to write a blog.

Membership Recruitment

When you believe NAYDO has made a difference in philanthropy at your Y, help us spread the word by telling other YMCA’s about NAYDO membership benefits. If you would like contact information on Ys not currently involved, the NAYDO Office would be happy to supply that information.

Association Member Contact

If your YMCA is an Association Member, one person on your staff has volunteered to serve as the Association Member Contact. This person is responsible for processing the annual dues, keeping your Y’s membership roster current, monitoring NAYDO deadlines and informing your Y’s delegation about NAYDO information. Know who your Association Member Contact is and offer to assist him or her.

Suggestions/Feedback for NAYDO

One of the easiest ways to volunteer in NAYDO is to simply share an idea you have with a NAYDO Council Member or through the NAYDO Office. More importantly, when member or conference surveys are sent out, respond to them. Volunteering your opinion and ideas are great ways to start getting involved.