Today’s blog is by Cassie Lloyd, Director of Mission Advancement at YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg has won a national fundraising award, thanks to the strong culture of philanthropy and generosity of the Spartanburg community. The 2017 Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising is awarded annually by the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) to Ys that demonstrate consistent growth in annual giving, have an endowment program in place, and that have conducted successful capital campaigns. A videographer from YMCA of the USA came to Spartanburg in early March to film a video featuring YMCA leaders and volunteers. The video will be shown to an audience of 2000 + attendees from all over the US, Mexico and Canada at the NAYDO conference in San Diego later this month. The video will be released to the public in May. “This award is a reflection of the Spartanburg community,” said Rick Callebs, CEO, “and of the spirit of philanthropy which so many of our community agencies and family foundations have helped shape. We are blessed to live in a community whose residents believe so deeply in the power of working together to help others.” Last year the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg provided over $1.325 million in scholarships, free programs and subsidies to the Spartanburg community. Past Eagle Award recipients include the YMCAs of Houston, San Diego and New York City. This is yet another reason to be proud of our community!