Networking for Board Members (VIP)

VIP Program Chair: Mike Hood (VIP), YMCA of San Diego County, mmchood@outlook.com
VIP Program Advisor: Zane Kortyko, YMCA of Greater Moncton, zane.korytko@ymcamoncton.com
Young VIP Coordinator: Justin Stearns (VIP), Gateway Region YMCA, justin.s.stearns@hotmail.com
Asst. VIP Coordinator: MaRico Tippett (VIP), YMCA of Southern Arizona, marico@thehopmangroup.com
Young VIP Advisor: Ernest Lamour, Ridgewood YMCA, elamour@ridgewoodymca.org

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, consider signing up for Young VIP Class of 2019 
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 was a pilot program in 2018 meaning there was no selection process and those who participated helped design the activities below. There is no additional cost beyond the conference registration fee. Your Y must be a NAYDO Member, you must be under the age of 40, be a current board member and sign-up on the registration form to receive advance communications and to be officially recognized as part of the Young VIPs Class of 2019. (Note-Additional social activities for board and staff under 40 listed under Young Professionals network)
Beyond those described on this page for all volunteers, the following are required for Young VIPs unless otherwise noted:
  • Wednesday, April 3    4:45 - 5:45 pm Power Hour provides informal orientation and networking for Young VIPs. Group may choose to go out to dinner together that night.
  • Thursday, April 4      8:15 - 9:00 am Young VIPs Hot Topics (Round A only)
  • Thursday, April 4      9:30 - 10:15 am Mentoring Session with an experienced Board Member (optional)
  • Friday, April 5           10:15 - 11:30 am Workshop Presented by Young VIPs (optional)  Consider attending
    "How to Recruit, Retain & Inspire the Next Generation of Board Members" and/or share your suggestions with Justin Stearns at justin.s.stearns@hotmail.com
  • Friday, April 5    3:30 - 4:45 pm   Philanthropy Forum for Young VIPs (This session to discuss back home implementation of what's been learned and make recommendations on what NAYDO might provide specifically for young board members at the 2020 Conference or year-round). Those who signed up in advance and completed the required 3 sessions listed here will be recognized.

VIP Meet & Greet Moment

Wednesday, April 3
4:30 - 4:45 pm

This is your opportunity to meet other board members and fundraising volunteers attending the conference. Look for the VIP Flag and VIP leadership will be there to meet you and introduce you to other board members.

Power Hour

Wedneday, April 3
4:45 - 5:45 pm
Following the Meet & Greet Moment, board members and fundraising volunteers can continue networking with each other informally while Young VIPs will move to a different location for an orientation session (see above)

VIP Hot Topics for Volunteers Only

Thursday, April  4
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 Mike Hood, VIP Program Chair, at mmchood@outlook.com.

Board Fundraising Fundamentals: Board and Staff Roles

Thursday, April 4  (Round 1 Educational Tracks)
10:30 - 11:45 am
NOTE: This session will be particularly helpful for board and staff new to YMCA fundraising.

Brian Saber, President, Asking Matters

In this workshop and the Round 2 session described below, you will learn, connect, be inspired and get motivated to go back and make an even more meaningful impact as a board member at your Y.

Volunteers Only Workshop-VIP Special Event

Why Fundraise? Identifying the Value Proposition for Board Members

Thursday, April 4 
2:45 - 4:00 pm (Round 2 of Educational Tracks)

Designed for Board Members
Staff may attend only if accompanied by a Volunteer (Staff involvement is intentionally limited to achieve the goal of Volunteers (VIPS) networking with other Volunteers (VIPS).

Brian Saber, President, Asking Matters (Back by popular demand!)

Of course your YMCA needs money. Board members know that and most understand that the board has a responsibility to help find that money. Yet feeling a sense of responsibility will only get your organizations so far. In order to have the board fully engaged in fundraising, it needs to understand that work in the context of the organization's mission. After participating in this workshop, participants will: 1) be able to articulate the value proposition of board fundraising, 
2) understand how board member fundraising sites into the strategic vision of the organization, 3) have a framework and tools for engaging the board in mission-focused discussions, and 4) be able to lead high-level discussions between board and staff that take the board's fundraising to the next level.

Designated Seating at Thursday Keynote Lunch

Thursday, April 4
Noon - 1:45 pm

This Network will have at least 2 reserved tables at the Thursday General Session Luncheon for board members and fundraising volunteers. It is an option for those who would like to sit together but not required.