Catawba Valley Y Earns Prestigious Eagle Award

Catawba Valley Y staff receive Eagle Award

The YMCA of Catawba Valley was awarded the 2022 Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising by the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO). CEO Nat Auten, staff and volunteer leaders from the Y received the award at the NAYDO conference in Florida earlier this month.

Each year, only two YMCA associations among more than 1,000 eligible associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are recognized with this award. The Catawba Valley Y shared this video as its acceptance speech. 

"The judges were impressed by the efforts of every volunteer and staff member," said Christina Harley, 2022 NAYDO Communications Awards Chair. "Clearly, everyone is engaged and an advocate for the impact of the Y on local kids and families. The Y’s philanthropic efforts are well planned, organized and executed. It was clear to our judges that Y members and the community have a deep understanding and passion for the Y's cause, and Y staff and volunteers are motivated to create positive outcomes for years to come."

Because philanthropic support of the Y's cause is central to the nonprofit's success, NAYDO recognizes YMCAs for excellence in fundraising each year. The award recognizes exemplary YMCAs that have demonstrated success in all areas of philanthropy, including annual and capital campaigns and endowment growth. 

"At the Y, we depend on the generosity of our neighbors to fuel our work," said Harley. "Effective communication of the Y's impact connects donors and volunteers to the positive change their gifts can make in their own communities. We're thrilled to recognize the YMCA of Catawba Valley for its role in responding to community issues and transforming the lives of adults and children." 

The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen its community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Since 1969, the community has positioned the Catawba Valley YMCA to serve others by providing $1.5 million in financial assistance each year, building facilities that have an impact we have on peoples’ lives by their participation in YMCA programs and services. 

 “Through decades of change, economic ups and downs, our YMCA has steadfastly provided a welcoming place for fellowship, enrichment and personal development. I could not be more proud of what this award says about the YMCA and community as a whole!” said Darrell Johnson, Chief Volunteer Officer for the Catawba Valley Y. 

“The Eagle Award is a direct reflection of how ALL leaders around our YMCA embrace our legacy as caregivers and stewards to serve others,” Auten said.  “Regardless of the time in our history in which you were involved, thank you for being a staff member, volunteer, donor or member of our YMCA. Your leadership and involvement helps us serve others!”