Conference Dates

2017 NAYDO Conference Schedule

Friday, April 28


Apr 28
Fri
Yoga: A Total Mind-Body Workout
Today, 6:00 am - 7:00 am

A total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. Location at the Marriott Marquis will be announced in the mobile app. Advance sign-up not required.

Last Chance to Visit Exhibits Continental Breakfast
Today, 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Visit the exhibits any time between 7:00 and 9:00 am at which time they will begin to tear down. Pick up something to eat and casually network with exhibitors and other attendees. Be sure to pick up your ticket at the Daxko Booth for the Batter Up Bash! Friday night at Petco Park.

Registration/Information Center Open
Today, 7:00 am - 3:45 pm
Sponsor: Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

Stop by if you have any questions about the conference program or Friday night or Saturday's events.

Host Y Hospitality Center Open
Today, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sponsor: Life Fitness

​Visit the Host Y Hospitality Booth in the exhibit area for area dining, enterainment and sightseeing options.

Need Assistance with a CEO Search?
Today, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Lisa Drouin, YMCA of the USA, Bert Ruiz, YMCA of the USA

Hiring the Y’s next leader is the most important role of a board of directors!  As trusted partners throughout the CEO selection process with in-depth knowledge of best (and worst) practices, Y-USA’s CEO Search ...

Meeting for Anyone Interested in Working on NAYDO 2018
Today, 8:00 am - 8:45 am

The 2018 NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy will take place on Tuesday, April 24 - Friday, April 27* at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. the YMCA of Greater New Orleans and the Dryades YMCA are proud to come together to host the next NAYDO conference. If you would like to work on the NAY...

Don't Treat Donors & Volunteers Like Crayons
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Annual Campaign Track
NFD, SFD, MC, FV, SMY

Adam Clevenger, CFRE, Loring, Sternberg and Associates/YMCA Alumni

Volunteers and donors are feeling overworked, unappreciated and underutilized leaving them to feel empty. But, we didn't mean to, rig...

How to Coach an Organization Through an Evolution
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Advanced Forum: Special Interest
SFD, EX, BD, SMY  
Advanced (15+ Years Experience)

Alice Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE, GoalBusters Consulting, Jim Anderson, CFRE, GoalBusters Consulting

It's often very easy to recognize when an organization...

Maximizing the Benefits of a Capital Program: Beyond the Fundraising Goal
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Capital Development Track
SFD, EX, BD, SMY
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Courtney Weiland, CFRE, ThedaCare Family of Foundations/YMCA Alumni, Robyn Furness-Fallin, CFRE,
Oglethorpe University/YMCA Alumni

The outcome o...

Providing Leadership for Major Gift Fundraising
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Major and Planned Gifts Track
SFD, PD, EX, BD, FV
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Martin Leifeld, University of Missouri - St. Louis

While Chief Development Officers and Development Directors can successfully solicit gifts, ex...

The Orchestra of Philanthropic Culture: Collaborative Roles of the Board, CEO and CDO
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Board and Volunteer Development Track
SFD, EX, BD, SMY  
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Craig H. Shelley, CFRE, Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI)

Today's philanthropists evaluate every investment they make for its strategic...

50 Asks in 50 Weeks: How to Create a Small Shop Development Plan
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Annual Campaign Track
NFD, EX, BD, FV, SMY
Spanish Translation Available

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, Amy Eisenstein, LLC

Are you raising money for your YMCA with a small development office or no paid fundraising staff?  Do you want to raise ...

Beyond Sponsorship: How to Take Your Corporate Partnerships to the Next Level
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Advanced Forum: Special Interest
ALL  
Advanced Level (15+ Years Experience)

Cathryn France, YMCA of Greater Vancouver,  Ray LeBlond, Stantec, YMCA of Greater Vancouver Corporate Partner

What started out as a traditional corporate ...

Relationship Between Marketing & Philanthropy in a Fatigued Donor Market
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Marketing and Communications Track
A NAYDO Young Professional Presentation
NFD, SFD, MC, PD, SMY

Lindsay Harrison, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Kate Meeks, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

This workshop focuses on the strategic placement of impact...

The Right Way to Hire, Orient & Connect with Your CDO-So They Stay AND Succeed!
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Round 4
Special Interest Track
EX,BD,FV    Intermediate Level (5+ years of experience in development)

Danny Maier and Jon Simons, Donor By Design Group, LLC

The average tenure of a Chief Development Officer in the Y is under three years. ...

Effectively Engaging Donors in Planned Giving: It's Not Over 'Til It's Over
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Round 4
Major and Planned Gifts Track
SFD, EX, BD, FV  
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Scott Lorenz, McGaw YMCA, Kirk Hoopingarner (VIP), Quarles & Brady, LLP/McGaw YMCA Volunteer

A robust planned giving program is c...

Beyond the Thank You Note: The Importance of Year-Round Donor Stewardship
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4 (this session will be repeated during Round 5)
Annual Campaign Track
ALL, SMY

Mary Kay Polston, CFRE, YMCA of the USA

Donor stewardship is so much more than a thank you note and a tax receipt.  It's about deepening donors' connection t...

Creating your WHY Story: Culture, Community Engagement and Marketing to Make Your YMCA Matter More to Members and Donors
Today, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Round 4
Marketing and Communications Track
ALL

Lindsay Sage, YMCA of Western Ontario
Jeff Sage, sagecomm

YMCAs today are under pressure in a number of ways, from a highly saturated marketplace in health and fitness to a highly competitive charitable...

Bequest Campaign To Boost Your Heritage Club
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Major and Planned Gifts Track
ALL

Suzanne Nunn (VIP), YMCA of Greater Long Beach Board Member, Josh Sullenberger, YMCA of Dayton, OH, Bonnie MacFadyen, YMCA of Moncton, James McMaken, Miami County YMCA

Most planned gifts are bequests. This session ...

Capital Campaign Success - Sharing 165 Years of Experience
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Round 5
Capital Development Track
NFD, SFD, PD, EX, BD, FV, SMY

Tisa Blackmore, Moderator, Netzel Grigsby Associates/YMCA Alumni, Steve Willmont, Moderator, Netzel Grigsby Associates/YMCA Alumni, Alan Hostrup, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Sue Ball, YMCA of S...

Direct Response: Taking the Annual Support Campaign Message to Potential Donors
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Annual Campaign Track
SFD, MC, EX, FV, SMY   
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Pamela Barden, CFRE, PJ Barden, Inc.

With so much "noise" in the marketplace, YMCAs must find ways to break through the clutter,...

Effective Foundation Fundraising
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Round 5
Special Interest Track
SFD, EX, BD, FV   
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Numi Foundation

To maximize impact, nonprofits must constantly look out for new funding opportunities, and al...

From Alumni Relations to Grateful Patient: Bringing the University & Healthcare Models into the Y - The Secret Sauce for Long-Term Donor Engagement
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Advanced Forum: Special Interest Track
SFD, ED  
Advanced (15+ Years Experience)

Robyn Furness-Fallin, CFRE, Oglethorpe University/YMCA Alumni, Courtney Weiland, CFRE, ThedaCare Family of Foundations/YMCA Alumni

Three key elements build...

The Art & Science of Donor Loyalty: 8 Ways to Deliver Happiness & Get More & Bigger Gifts
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Annual Campaign Track
ALL  
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, Clarification

There's both are and science to strategic donor-centered stewardship that ensures donors stick w...

The New Language of Fundraising: Magic Words to Raise More Money
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Special Interest Track
ALL, SMY   
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Cindi Phallen, Create Possibility/YMCA Alumni

Every Y needs to raise dollars to fund their important mission work, and yet the # 1 complaint among st...

Boards on Fire to Raise More Money Joyfully
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Board and Volunteer Development Track
SFD, EX, BD, FV   
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Susan Howlett, Consultant, Author, Trainer

If your board members are not participating optimally in fundraising, there may be s...

Dynamics of a Successful Development Team - How to Best Leverage Your CEO, Board & Staff to Build Relationships and Raise More Money
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Board and Volunteer Development Track
SFD, EX, BD, FV    
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Heidi James, YMCA of San Francisco, Lauren Bruce, YMCA of San Francisco, Matt Hitchcock, YMCA of San Francisco

Building an eff...

Engaging Teens in Philanthropy
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Special Interest Track
ALL

Kim Looby, Triangle2 Solutions, Megan Looby, YMCA of Metro Atlanta/Northwest Family Y

Are you seeing the youth and teens involved in your Y for the value they could bring to your fundraising? As an organization which focu...

Evaluating Events: To Plan or NOT to Plan
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5
Special Interest Track
NFD, SFD, MC, EX, FV, SMY     

Reagan Goodnough, YMCA of Metro Atlanta 

Is that fundraising or community event you are considering worth the effort? Learn how to evaluate events BEFORE you start planning! ...

Beyond the Thank You Note: The Importance of Year-Round Donor Stewardship
Today, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round 5 (repeat of same session during Round 4)
Annual Campaign Track
ALL, SMY
Spanish Translation Available

Mary Kay Polston, CFRE, YMCA of the USA

Donor stewardship is so much more than a thank you note and a tax receipt.  It's about deep...

Communications Awards Luncheon & NAYDO 2018 Preview
Today, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Communications Awards

Communicating our cause is central to the success of the YMCA. NAYDO is committed to recognizing and sharing communications excellence globally across the YMCA movement. Each year, YMCAs of every size, with any level of fundraising goal are...

Assessing Your Y's Readiness for Planned Giving
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Major and Planned Gifts Track
SFD, EX, BD, FV   
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Cathryn France, YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Aileen La Borie (VIP), RBC Wealth Management Service/YMCA of Greater Vancouver

When implemen...

Building Our Philanthropic Future with Cause-Driven Y Boards
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Board and Volunteer Development Track
BD, FV, SMY     
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Dan Harris, YMCA of the USA and Dan Kappel, YMCA of the USA

Learn how cause-driven boards are providing fiduciary oversight,...

Developing Transformational Donors
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Major and Planned Gifts Track
SFD, PD, EX, BD, FV    
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Martin Leifeld, University of Missouri - St. Louis

So often budgetary pressures and an inadequate understanding of the fundraising...

Stewardship for the Annual Fund: Every Dollar and Every Donor Counts!
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Annual Campaign Track
ALL, SMY  
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Linda B. Haley, CFRE, Let's Build Hope, LLC

In our hearts, all fundraisers know that every gift...and every donor count...but limited time and maximum s...

What It Takes to Cultivate that Elusive Culture of Philanthropy
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Special Interest Track
ALL
Ron & Susan Rescigno, Rescigno's Marketing Connections

Successful nonprofits, those that thrive in development, know that the organizational culture is vital to their fundraising efforts. Ownership of fundraising and beli...

You Can Raise Major Gifts: Research Proven Methods & Results
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Major and Planned Gifts Track
SFD, EX, BD  
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, Amy Eisenstein, LLC

You can really raise major gifts at your small or mid-sized organization!  In this session we rev...

Hitting It Out of the Park - Fundraising as a Team Sport - Boards, Staff, Volunteers and Donors
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Special Interest Track
ALL, SMY

Marcy Heim, The Artful Asker

Everyone has a special touch they bring to the relationship process.  Our success depends upon BOTH our methods and our mindset! Join Marcy Heim on a fast-paced journey around her Ar...

Case Study: Grassroots Efforts for Community Philanthropy
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Round 6
Capital Development Track
ALL, SMY
Spanish Translation Available

Reeshemah Davis, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Teri McGuill, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Regenia Crane (VIP), Mansfield Independent School District/YMCA of Metropolitan Fort W...

Which Comes First - Volunteering or Donating?
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Board & Volunteer Development Track
ALL, SMY

Emily Holthaus, YMCA of the USA

A 2015 study completed by Fidelity states that "Eighty-seven percent of volunteers say there is overlap between the organizations they support financially an...

$100,000 in 48 Hours: How to Execute & Maximize a Giving Challenge
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Annual Campaign Track
MC, FV    
Intermediate Level (5+ Years Experience) 

Gretchen Hyde, YMCA of the Triangle/Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer, Brandon Blackman, YMCA of the Triangle/Camps Sea Gull & Seafarer 

We have gon...

Endowment Beyond the Basics: Revitalizing, Reimagining & Recharging Your Program
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Advanced Forum: Major and Planned Gifts
SFD, EX, BD, FV      
Advanced (15+ Years Experience)

Bruce Berglund, Donor By Design Group, LLC/YMCA Alumni, Mike Bussey, Donor By Design Group, LLC/YMCA Alumni

Endowment is a crit...

Rebranding a Y Camp: Smooth Sailing or Choppy Waters?
Today, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Round 6
Marketing and Communications Track
MC, PD, EX

Kyla Kumar, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and YMCA Niagara

For more than 60 years, YMCA Wanakita has been delivering a traditional camp experience to children, youth and families. Located on 1,0...

Communications: Before, During & After a Capital Campaign Project
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Marketing and Communications Track
SFD, MC, EX, SMY  
Intermediate (5+ Years Experience)

Sue Ball, YMCA of San Diego County, Sarah Iantosca, YMCA of San Diego County

About to launch your capital campaign but don't know where to star...

Key Secrets to Inspiring Your Board to Fundraise
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Board and Volunteer Development Track
ALL, SMY     Intermediate (5+ Years Experience)

Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, Clairification

Frustrated by board members who refuse to fundraise? Uh, oh. When anyone in leadershi...

Philanthropy Forum: Camping Professionals
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
For all Camping Professionals
Facilitators: John Duntley, Y-USA Senior Camping Specialist and Tom Madeyski, Regional VP Camping, YMCA of San Diego County,

This session will share examples of successful financial development in Y camps.  Bring your success st...

Philanthropy Forum: Global Philanthropy
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
For all  International Staff and Volunteers

Facilitators:  Mirtha Elena Morales Lizarraga, General Coordinator of Community Development and Social Assistance, YMCA of Mexico City, Mexico, Mary Tikalsky, Director, Y-USA World Service, and Renata Ferrari, Y...

Philanthropy Forum: Young Professionals Class of 2017
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7

Facilitators: Michelle LaRue, YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties, Elizabeth Martin, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

After participating in the Class of 2017 activities as well as sessions with all conference attendees, this closing session is an opportunity to reflect o...

The Art & Science of Retaining Digital Donors
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Advanced Forum: Marketing and Communication Track
MC, SMY      
Advanced (15+ Years Experience)

Steven Shattuck, Bloomerang/Launch Case

Retention is your most important fundraising strategy and your online donors are seriously...

Upgrades: The Currency of a Quality Ask
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Annual Campaign Track
NFD, BD, FV, SMY

Ryan Johnson, CFRE, YMCA of the USA, Andrew Powers, YMCA of Greater Rochester, Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE, YMCA of the USA

Using data gleaned from the Fundraising Fitness Test we've learned that most of o...

Philanthropy Solutions Salon: Dynamic Interactive Roundtable Experience
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Round 7
Philanthropy Forum for ALL

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Numi Foundation

Join fellow YMCA staff and volunteers for a dynamic executive roundtable as your final educational session at the conference. In this highly interactive yet intimate session, ever...

Development Superheroes Are Made Not Born: "The Only Kryptonite is Thinking You Can't Do It."
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Major and Planned Gifts Track
NFD, EX, SMY

Beverly Lacy, YMCA of Long Island

This session focuses on how to grow your major gifts program with no development department or a small one. Included will be manageable tools to cultivate, engage and grow...

Grant Writing Essentials
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
Special Interest Track
NFD, SFD, PD, EX, SMY

Linda Hanson-Dorst, MS, YMCA of the USA, Malik Stewart, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Foundation, corporate and government grants can broaden your Y's community outreach, program offerings and reve...

Philanthropy Forum: Diversity in Philanthropy
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Round 7

Facilitators: Pam Havlick Hearn, CFRE, NAYDO,  Emily Holthaus, YMCA of the USA, Michael Farris, YMCA of the USA

This Diversity In Philanthropy forum will explore YMCA best practices and strategies to advance philanthropic efforts in communities of d...

Philanthropy Forum: Small Ys
Today, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Round 7
For Staff and Volunteers from YMCAs of $2 M and under

Facilitator:  Shadra Jenkins, Jackson Area YMCA

Join this opportunity for Small Y staff and volunteers to share what they have learned and brainstorm solutions to the challenges to implementation ...

Batter Up Bash! Party at Petco Park's Western Metal Rooftop
Today, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sponsor: Daxko

Complimentary beverages and appetizers, cash bar, and live music!
 
Join us at Petco Park – home of the San Diego Padres Major League baseball team – for the big Batter Up Bash. Party atop the historic Western Metal Supply Company ...