On April 8, 2022 at the national NAYDO Conference, the YMCA Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) and DBD Group announced their partnership to strengthen the EAF’s fundraising efforts to continue to meet the need for crisis assistance. EAF provides financial support to Y professionals and retirees in their hour of need. This is especially significant because the EAF board has recently decided to remove YPN (YMCA Professional Network) membership as an eligibility requirement for an EAF award.
"We know how generously and selflessly Y professionals give of their time to others. For decades, Y staff have donated to and benefited from this fund. Now, DBD Group is partnering with EAF to significantly grow the fund – making sure that when a Y professional or retiree is in need, EAF can help,” Bruce Berglund, President and Founder of DBD Group.
Working together, EAF and DBD Group will encourage donations through an annual, national EAF Campaign, inspiring other Y professionals to support their colleagues.
“Our goal is to more than double EAF’s annual campaign. With additional resources, EAF will be able to help Y professionals and retirees meet the challenges of life with dignity and compassion,” said Sean Elliott, EAF Board Chair and President/CEO Greater Green Bay YMCA.
This partnership is a way for DBD Group to give back to the Y movement, strengthening and supporting YMCA professionals, both through EAF and by enhancing the development skill sets of local Y leaders. DBD Group will provide campaign strategy, case development, ongoing counsel, and webinar-based and regional training events for local EAF fundraisers.
For more information, visit www.ymcaeaf.org
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