The Academies are a series of plenaries and workshops that will be facilitated by international experts.


LACA and the prestigious NAYDO network have joined forces to strengthen the culture of philanthropy and fundraising in Latin America and the Caribbean.


The NAYDO Academy is a series of workshops focused on the generation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization. This Academy is aimed at professionals and volunteers of all levels of the movement.

Introduction to the Corporate Development Cycle

Paul Haddad, Vice President of Fund Development, YMCA Canada.

Paul Haddad joined the YMCA in July of 2018, having spent over 20 years in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in various leadership and business development roles. 

Paul has spent over 12 years in various fund development roles in the health charity arena securing large gifts namely from corporate Canada.  Paul is passionate about the mission of the YCMA and improving the health and well being of communities. Every person deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. 


In his new role as Sr. Vice President of Fund Development with YMCA Canada, Paul’s work is focused on building capacity in fund development across the Federation in Canada.


Paul is also the Vice President of Philanthropy with the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford (HBB). The Fund Development team is focused on the Association’s annual campaign and capital needs.

Workshop Description:


This workshop will be focused on taking the participant on a journey through the life of a corporate development officer; Understand the stages of the development cycle to achieve success in your corporate donation program.

Institutional Strength: Recognition of commitment to others

Leticia Molina. Head of Institutional Development Area. YMCA Mexico.

Leticia has a degree in Psychology, and is certified by the Indiana University Center of Philantropy and PROCURA, A.C. in Found Raising Management and trained by the North American YMCA Development Organization among other organizations.

From May 2008 to February 2014, she was in charge of the Coordination of Major Donors in the Institutional Development Department of the YMCA Mexico City Group, being an active part of the $ 6.3 million Capital Campaign with the YMCA Mexico Philanthropy project, made with Kresge Foundation and YMCA of the United States.

She has participated in international meetings, sharing experiences of fundraising strategies, contributing to the improvement of the Institutional Development areas of the YMCA´s in Central and South America.

As of November 2014, she is responsible for the Institutional Development Area at the national level and, together with her work team, has implemented new fundraising strategies to strengthen social programs and promote community development.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will show participants the work that YMCA does through the recognition of other institutions, increasing donations and the desire of entrepreneurs and organizations to be part of a great social project.


Developing Your Case for Support

Kristen Obaranec, Year-round Learning Coordinator, NAYDO.


Kristen is a 25-year nonprofit professional dedicated to helping leaders effectively communicate with key stakeholders. In July 2019, she was named the year-round learning coordinator for NAYDO, the North American YMCA Development Organization. Kristen spent 20+ years in communications and financial development with YMCA of the USA and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta. For eight years, she supported YMCAs across the U.S. as a Y-USA marketing and communications partner.


Previously, Kristen served on the NAYDO Council and was the NAYDO 2015 Conference Co-Chair in Atlanta. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Public Relations Society of America. She chairs the NAYDO Conference general sessions. Kristen is a member of YMCA Alexandria in northern Virginia.

Workshop description:

A strong case for support is the foundation of your YMCA's fundraising efforts. It is essential to create a compelling case that is relevant to your target audiences, aligned with your organization's goals, and responsive to your community's needs. Involving staff and volunteers in the development process will enable deeper engagement and understanding of your Y's case for support.


In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a case for support that aligns to your Y's philanthropic objectives, inspires donors, and reflects your community's needs. Share and discuss strategies for engaging volunteers and staff at all levels of your Y in the case development process. Review and share opportunities to bring your case to life year-round.

The Global Youth Empowerment Advantage

Tom Valentine, Vice President of the International Group, YMCA of the USA.

Chuck Collins, President and CEO, YMCA San Francisco. 

Tom is Vice President of the International Group of YMCA of the USA.  Tom leads Y-USA efforts to strengthen collaboration between the US and the global YMCA movements with a presence in 120 countries.  This includes efforts to strengthen US YMCA engagement with newcomer-immigrant communities in the US, the coordination of financial and technical support for international YMCA partners, the organization of global Youth-Led Solutions Summits and the mobilization of philanthropic support for global YMCA youth and community initiatives aimed at advancing progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   


Tom joined the International Group of YMCA of the USA in 1996.  Tom has over 30 years of international development experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  He has extensive experience leading and/or managing collaboration with a wide range of YMCA partners including the United Nations, United States Agency for International Development, AmeriCorps/VISTA, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Margaret Cargill Philanthropies, Delta Air Lines, Viacom, Salesforce, the Sierra Club and Wells Fargo.  Prior to coming to the YMCA, Tom worked with Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi.  Tom holds a Masters’ Degree in International Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Georgetown University.  Tom speaks French, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Kiswahili.    

Workshop Description:

The YMCA believes in young changemakers leading local and global transformation. YMCAs in 12,000 communities across 120 countries empower young people to advance social justice, equity and the well-being of all in their communities. This workshop focuses on developing contemporary approaches and positioning strategies to strengthen and/or expand local, national, LACA and global partnerships. It will include interactive dialogue on how to leverage our local, national and global impact to mobilize increased philanthropic support and amplify youth solutions for a better future.



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