Better Together

In the course of our work, we come across fantastic organizations whose work uniquely complements our own. Working together, we can offer our clients a depth and range of services that help them move forward faster. 


Fundraising Training and Development for YMCAs

DBD Group and NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) have been proud partners for more than a decade. Along with offering workshops and webinars to NAYDO members and conference attendees, NAYDO and DBD Group worked to bring the Annual Giving Academy to Ys during the covid pandemic of 2020-2022. 

Learn more about NAYDO and consider joining if your Y isn't already a member.

YMCA Emergency Assistance Fund

Supporting YMCA Staff In Their Times of Need

DBD Group has partnered with the YMCA Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) 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. Working together, EAF and DBD Group will encourage donations through an annual, national EAF Campaign, inspiring other Y professionals to support their colleagues.

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.

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Gabriel Group

Donor-Focused Direct Response

From digital engagement to direct mail fundraising and all steps in between, a consistent, strategic direct response program will help grow a nonprofit’s donor base and encourage repeat giving and upgrades.

For more than twenty years, Gabriel Group has been helping a variety of nonprofit and charitable organizations acquire, retain and upgrade donors through direct response campaigns that support the organization’s broader fundraising and communication platform.

Using each company’s expertise and experience, we will craft direct response programs uniquely fitted to the needs of our clients, including YMCAs, health and human service organizations, faith-based organizations and many more. Together, we can provide a more comprehensive array of services that will help our clients connect resources to mission.

Learn more about Gabriel Group.

Westfall Gold

Accelerating Major Donor Relationships

Westfall Gold is the groundbreaking pioneer of the major donor weekend – a three-and-a-half day retreat for high capacity donors. Founded in 2002 by Bob Westfall, the Westfall Gold team has produced over 375 major donor events. In 2018, Westfall Gold events averaged $3.4 million raised from 76% of donors participating with a $96,700 gift.

The company's major donor consulting, event management, and creative services serve to deepen the bond between high net worth families and the nonprofit organization. Virtually all guests attending – 99.4% – said they would invite others to future events.

Working together, we will help our clients deepen conversations around major gifts, connecting the values of donors with the causes that need them.

Learn more about Westfall Gold.

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    Robert Louis Stevenson