Networking for Board Members (VIP)

VIP Program Chair: Mike Hood (VIP), YMCA of San Diego County,
Young VIP Coordinator: Justin Stearns (VIP), Gateway Region YMCA/Monsanto,
VIP Council Liaison: Rick Callebs, YMCA of Greater Spartanburg,
VIP Program Advisor: Zane Kortyko, YMCA of Greater Moncton,

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 our Young VIP activities... 
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.  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 if you want to receive advance communications. (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 recommended for Young VIPs:
  • Wednesday               VIP Meet & Greet Reception   (Meet Justin Stearns, Chair of Young VIPs) 
  • Thursday                   Hot Topics:
  •                                    8:15 - 9:00 am Young VIPS Hot Topic Table (Round A)
  •                                   9:30 - 10:15 am Mentoring Session with an experienced Board Member
  •                                    during Hot Topics Round B
  • Thursday                   2:45 - 4:00 pm Workshop Presented by Young VIPs  Consider attending
    "Cultivating the Next Generation of Board Leadership" and/or share your suggestions for the content with Justin Stearns at
  • Frida.                          7:45 -8:30 am  Philanthropy Forum Breakfast 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 2022 Conference or year-round.

VIP Power Hour Meet & Greet Reception

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join NAYDO VIP Chair Mike Hood, past Board Chair of the YMCA of San Diego County, and board members and fundraising volunteers from around the world in this informal cash bar reception.  Get connected with volunteers from all sizes and types of YMCAs.  If you're under age 40, meet Young VIP Chair Justin Stearns who will connect you with other young board members for you to interact as a group during the conference.


VIP Hot Topics for Volunteers Only

8:15 - 10:15 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

Young VIPs (Under 40) will have a table during Round A and an optional mentoring opportunity with experienced Board Members during Round B. 

Beyond Asking: The Role of the Board in Fundraising (For Volunteers Only)

Designed for Board Members; Staff may attend only if accompanied by their Board Member
10:15 - 11:30 am

Brian Saber, President, Asking Matters

Learn, connect, be inspired and get motivated to go back and make an even more meaningful impact as a board member at your Y.

Designated Seating at Thursday Keynote Lunch

11:45 am - 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.