5 Ways to Make NAYDO 2024 the Best Event You Go to This Year

5 Ways to Make NAYDO 2024 the Best Event You Go to This Year

By Sara Perry
Published On Mar 07, 2024

NAYDO 2024 is almost here! YMCA leaders, staff, and volunteers from across North America are getting ready to connect, share stories and insights, and make fun memories in the process.

NAYDO only comes once a year, so you need to make the most of your time there. Use this guide to plan out your trip and navigate the conference for the best experience possible.

What is NAYDO 2024?

NAYDO 2024 is the 43rd annual NAYDO conference focused on advancing YMCA philanthropy. It boasts numerous educational workshops, networking opportunities, and exhibitor presentations, all aimed at enhancing the philanthropic skills of YMCA staff and volunteers. Supported by their partners in the USA and Canada, the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) promotes a strong culture of giving within YMCAs across North America through education and advocacy.

When and Where is NAYDO 2024?

NAYDO 2024 will run from Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6, 2024. It will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Visit the exhibitor booths and learn how they can help your Y grow from Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5, 2024.

5 Ways to Make NAYDO 2024 the Best Event You Go to This Year

Three Daxko team members at NAYDO 2023

1. Connect With Passionate Peers

Conferences like NAYDO provide unique opportunities to connect with YMCA leaders from diverse communities and share innovative strategies. Start the conference off strong with the New Attendees Orientation on April 3, a primer for first-timers to navigate the event and meet NAYDO leaders. The day also features Network Experiences – your chance to mingle with peers over food and fun after the Opening Reception. Leverage these moments to learn, share, and build a network of peers that can help support your mission year-round.

Don’t forget to nurture those connections after NAYDO ends! Stay active on social media platforms during and after the conference to connect with other attendees, join online discussions, and extend your network beyond the physical event.

2. Learn from YMCA Experts

The NAYDO 2024 schedule is packed with opportunities to absorb wisdom from YMCA luminaries and trailblazers. Each educational session and Hot Topics discussion will equip you with knowledge, inspiration, and practical tools to take back to your YMCA.

Catch the “Be the Change” keynote by Tiamo De Vettori on Thursday, where his unique blend of speaking, live music, and storytelling is sure to captivate and inspire. De Vettori will also be playing a mini concert on Wednesday night that you won’t want to miss!

Join Wendy White and Nick Lindauer, experts in digital innovation, for an enlightening session on leveraging AI to elevate your fundraising campaigns on Wednesday, April 3. This session will guide you through the exciting world of AI-driven strategies, showing you how to craft compelling fundraising campaigns using powerful (and free!) AI-tools you already have at your fingertips. Whether you’re new to AI or looking to refine your skills, this session promises practical tips and inspiring examples to make an immediate impact at your Y.

Nick Lindauer, Daxko’s VP of Demand and Digital Services, will also lead a Hot Topics discussion, “Using AI in Philanthropy,” on Thursday, April 4. This discussion will explore how AI can transform philanthropic efforts, making it a must-attend for those interested in the cutting-edge intersection of technology and charity.

Constance Miller, Daxko’s Senior Director of Product Marketing and a proud member of the YMCA of Metro Chattanooga Board of Directors, will share her insights on “Moving From Membership Sales to Experiences: Introducing Philanthropy to Increase Member Giving” on Thursday, April 4. Her unique perspective as both a Daxko leader and an active YMCA board member offers invaluable lessons on governance, impact, and leadership within the YMCA framework.

Get the most out of NAYDO 2024 by planning your visit early. Highlight sessions and workshops that interest you, and allocate time for networking and breaks. An organized itinerary helps balance learning with meaningful connections, so you have a fulfilling conference experience.

Wendy White speaking at NAYDO 2023

3. Find Partners to Grow Your Good

Elevate your YMCA’s impact by connecting with technology partners at NAYDO 2024. The exhibits are a treasure trove of solutions designed to streamline operations and amplify your community outreach. Don’t miss the chance to discover partners who are as committed to your success as you are to your community’s well-being.

Connect with Daxko and our partners to learn how we can help you grow your good in 2024. Visit Daxko at booth #11, located directly across from FedEx, to explore our latest offerings and chat with our team. And if you’re a Daxko customer, we’ll have a special customer appreciation gift waiting for you at the Daxko booth.

Here are some Daxko partners you can’t miss:


Funraise collaborates with other leading technologies to offer a comprehensive fundraising platform equipped with purpose-built tools, streamlining operations for nonprofits through modern data management practices. With the upcoming Daxko Fundraising Integration, nonprofits can seamlessly link Funraise’s front-end fundraising tools with Daxko Operations, facilitating engaging campaigns and enhancing community fundraising efforts.

Welld Health

Welld Health is the only electronic health record tailored for the health and wellness sector, catering to the distinct requirements of nonprofits. Integrated with Daxko Operations, it streamlines record management, ensuring secure handling of Protected Health Information and facilitating diverse configurations, including EMR integration for physician referrals and claims for programs like Renew Active, Silver & Fit.


Technogym, a global fitness leader for health clubs, sports centers, medical facilities, and home training, champions fitness and well-being as a lifestyle through its high-quality equipment and diverse services, including content and programs.


Alaris provides a better check-in solution for Kids Club, After-School, Camp and Group Fitness, removing paper from the process and presenting the data you need to make better operational decisions.


EGYM is a global fitness technology leader offering intelligent workout solutions, integrating connected gym equipment and software to deliver comprehensive workout experiences. Their digital solutions empower gym operators to support members’ fitness journeys, providing data-based guidance for improved physical and mental wellness.


UpBup is a cloud-based platform that streamlines the process to allow parents to complete, sign, and submit forms digitally. Their technology allows forms to be completed in over 100 languages, and can match any requirements for state licensing, compliance or can match your own program forms.


The Premier Health and Safety Solution, CampDoc is the leading Electronic Health Record (EHR) for youth-centric organizations. Designed by doctors, nurses, and program directors, CampDoc enhances form collection, health reporting, and more.

4. Celebrate Together

As NAYDO 2024 unfolds, remember to embrace the joy and camaraderie that come with gathering as a community dedicated to positive change. Make time to celebrate together!

Swing by the Daxko booth to learn how you could win some fantastic prizes from our giveaway and raffle. Then, come party with your peers at the Jeans and Jerseys Closing Party on Friday, April 5. Held at the iconic Empower Field at Mile High, this event invites you to sport your favorite jersey and enjoy an unforgettable night of food, drinks, and fellowship – all set against the backdrop of the Denver Broncos’ home.

NAYDO 2023 attendees posing together

5. Get Inspired For 2024

As NAYDO 2024 draws to a close, let the collective energy ignite your enthusiasm for the year ahead. Take this chance to listen, share, and be moved by the transformative stories of how YMCAs across the nation are making a difference in their communities. Carry these stories home with you. They’re a powerful reminder of the impact we can have when we unite in our mission. Let them fuel your vision for 2024, inspiring new initiatives, partnerships, and ways to serve.

NAYDO 2024 is just the beginning. The real work—and the real impact—starts when you translate that inspiration into action.

We can’t wait to see you at NAYDO 2024! Reach out to marketing@daxko.com to receive our exclusive newsletter and learn more about what Daxko has in store for the conference.

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