Time and resources are tight, but your mission needs funding more than ever.

    As your YMCA adapted to meet the changing needs of the community when COVID hit, your fundraising had to change, too. In response, DBD Group adapted our annual giving tool kit to help Ys across the country continue to connect with donors and raise funds for your critical mission work. And it worked. So we're bringing our best learnings from the 2020 Academy into 2021.

    We are building a year-long fundraising program that will support YMCAs* and offer actionable tools and a plan to help you thrive in 2021.


    Click here and we'll get back to you right away.

    How it works:

    Using a new, web-based adult learning platform, we will offer a full-year financial development plan, concentrating on Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Radical Stewardship.

    In 2021, we will offer five learning modules, each supported by how-to guides, samples and templates, and a training/learning video - all intended to help you,  your staff and execs implement the plan with ease.

    Each module also helps prepare your Y for a signature activity, including:

    • Y Day of Giving
    • Building a successful summer fundraising effort
    • Gratitude Week at the Y
    • Creating successful end-of-year appeals
    • Building your 2022 resource development plan

    During the year, we will offer five Academy LIVE sessions, featuring interviews with industry experts and inspirational content.

    You will be part of a virtual learning community with Y colleagues across the country, offering peer support and sharing. Academy participation offers direct access to DBD Coaches who can answer specific questions related to our work together.

    EARN WHILE YOU LEARN! The Academy has been approved and will earn participants continuing education credits for their CFRE certification.

    *NOTE: the program is open to YMCAs in the United States only.


    • Up to 10 membership branches: $265 per month
    • 11-15 membership branches: $365 per month
    • 16 + membership branches: $565 per month

     ** 12-month participation.


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    Thank you!

    Your participation in the DBD Virtual Annual Giving Academy supports NAYDO, an organization committed to inspiring and strengthening the philanthropic culture of the YMCA.
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    Inspiration You Crave. Resources You Need.


    Join our Tribe! You'll benefit from fresh perspectives and priceless resources from the leaders at Donor by Design.