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 Board Members and Fundraising Volunteers, the VIP program provides these special opportunities. Don't forget to take advantage of the Board and Volunteer Development track in each round of workshops.

If you are a Board Member Under the age of 40, read this: Inspired by the NAYDO Young Professionals Program, Justin Stearns, a Gateway Region YMCA board member under 40, asked if NAYDO could create a similar program for younger board members. This is a pilot program in 2018 meaning there is no selection process and those who participate will help design it. There is no additional cost beyond the conference registration fee but your Y must be a NAYDO Member and you must be under the age of 40 on April 27, 2018, be a current board member and sign-up by January 31, 2018. To sign-up contact Mary Zoller at maryzoller@aol.com or 504 464 7845; for more information, contact Justin Stearns at justin.s.stearns@hotmail.com.
Activites include:
  • Tuesday, April 24      5:15 - 6:15 pm Under 40 Program Orientation Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 24      6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner with Young Professionals Class of 2018 at Grand Isle Restaurant(cost included in your registration fee)
  • Wednesday, April 25 8:15 - 10:00 am  Volunteers Only Hot Topics Room will have an Under 40 table
  • Thursday, April 26    3:45 - 5:00 pm   Philanthropy Forum for Under 40 Board Members (This session to discuss back home implementation of what's been learned and recommend to NAYDO next steps for a Board Members Under 40 Program)

VIP Day Rate for Wednesday Only

We are experimenting with a one-day, Wednesday Only rate for volunteers who may not be able to attend the entire conference. Refer to Registration Fee page for fee.  The VIP Day Rate enables a volunteer to participate in the following events described below:
    * 8:15 - 10:00 am        Hot Topics for Volunteers only (breakfast included)
    * 10:15 - 11:30 am      Round 1 Board & Volunteer Development Workshop
    * 11:45 am - 2:00 pm  Keynote Luncheon
    * 2:00 - 2:45 pm          Exclusively Exhibits Time
    * 2:45 -5:30 pm           VIP Special Event: Workshop and Networking Session   

VIP Meet & Greet in Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, April 24
4:30 - 5:15 pm

This is your opportunity to meet other board members and fundraising volunteers attending the conference in the networking zone of the exhibit hall.

VIP Special Event: Board Members Workshop and Networking Session
How to Ask for Gifts for the YMCA You Know and Love

Wednesday, April 25  
2:15 - 5:15 pm (during Philanthropy School)

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

Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, is back by popular demand to provied an opportunity for board members to learn the ins and outs of strategic cultivation and solicitation of major individual gifts as well as how to partner with staff to accomplish that. Board members will learn how to choose best prospects, how to craft their personal case for support, how to set up and conduct cultivation and solicitation meetings and more. This interactive session will provide time for networking with other board members.

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

NOTE: No cost for conference registrants; this session is included in the VIP 1-Day Only rate as well.

VIP Hot Topics for Volunteers Only

Wednesay, April  25
8:15 - 10:00 am  

One room will be designated "For Volunteers Only" with Hot Topics facilitated by YMCA board members on topics recommended by volunteers attending the conference. Submit your topic ideas to the NAYDO Office or volunteer as a Hot Topic Facilitator at info@naydo.org or call 504 464 7845.