Triangle YMCA hires symphony fundraiser

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C – John Mitterling, former vice president for development at the North Carolina Symphony, has joined YMCA of the Triangle as senior vice president for financial development.

Mitterling will coordinate all financial-development efforts of the YMCA, including its annual-fund, endowment and capital campaigns, and says he will focus in particular on generating more major gifts.

He also says the YMCA, which has raised over $13.5 million in a $14.5 million capital campaign, likely will launch a series of capital campaigns to build new branches, although details and a timetable have not been developed or approved by the organization’s board of directors.

Chaired by Bob Ingram, vice president of pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline, this year’s annual fund campaign will kick off in September and run through November.

The annual “We Build People” campaign last year raised over $3 million, up from $358,000 in 1993, the year it was launched, and involved nearly 1,600 volunteer fundraisers.

“That is an army of volunteers committed to this mission,” says Judy Bright, executive vice president.

Last year’s campaign included 895 gifts of $1,000 or more,

Mitterling says a key goal will be to meet with many of those donors, involve them in YMCA programs and ask them to make larger gifts.

Chaired by Ed Willingham, executive vice president at First Citizens Bank, most of the funds from the capital campaign will be used to build a new Central Y on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh and a new branch in southwestern Wake County.

The campaign also has raised $2 million for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer in a larger effort that has raised over $6.5 million for the two camps, both in Arapahoe.

And it has raised nearly $2 million in a larger effort to raise $4 million for Camp Kanata near Wake Forest.

The YMCA also has generated roughly $4 million in cash from over 325 donors for an endowment it launched in 1994, plus an estimated $20 million in deferred gifts it expects to receive, says Bright, who oversees development, as well as marketing, communications, human resources, risk management, strategic planning, and Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer.

Mitterling will report directly to CEO Doug McMillan, says Bright, who will retire December 15 after 30 years with the YMCA.

Mitterling succeeds Erik Daubert, who was vice president for development until last January and now is a Durham-based consultant to YMCA of the USA for financial development in the New England region.

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