Networking Programs for Board Members

VIP (Volunteer in Philanthropy) Program
If you qualify to register at the Volunteer rate, you qualify for the VIP (Volunteer in Philanthropy) Program activities. Designed to facilitate networking among Volunteers, the VIP program provides these special opportunities:

VIP Welcome Station

Be sure to look for the VIP Station in the NAYDO Welcome Center. Other Volunteers and the staff who work with the VIP Program will be on hand to meet you and share more about volunteer networking opportunities during the conference.

VIP Special Event: Board Members Interactive Workshop and Reception

Thursday, April 27  
2:15 - 5:15 pm

Designed for Board Members
Staff may attend only if accompanied by a Volunteer*

This year's VIP Workshop and Networking Reception is designed to create the best possible volunteer experience by combining educational insights with an opportunity to network and meet other volunteers from Ys throughout North America.

Brian Saber will present a 90-minute training titled: Board Members:Asking for Gifts Comfortably and Effectively. It will be followed by a reception and interactive exercises which will combine an opportunity to get to know fellow volunteers better with an opportunity to further refine fundraising skills. 

In this session you will learn, connect, be inspired and get motivated to go back and make an even more meaningful impact at your Y as a board member.

*Staff involvement is intentionally limited to achieve the goal of Volunteers (VIPS) networking with other Volunteers (VIPS).

NOTE: No cost for conference registrants; Local YMCA board members not attending the conference are welcome for a $15 fee.

VIP Hot Topics for Volunteers Only

Thursday, April  27
8:15 - 10:15 am  

Table group discussions led by fellow Volunteers will allow VIPs to discuss some of the hottest issues they are faced with. Submit your topic ideas to VIP Chair Maureen Drescher, a Volunteer at the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, at