Stephanie E. Mills

Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Southern Arizona
NAYDO: Ownership Committee, 2022 Educational Tracks Chair
Office:  520 622 9622 x 257


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and other): 19 years
  • Years Affiliated with the YMCA: 10 years  
  • Years in current position: 3 years
  • Budget size: $1.4 M

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support
  • Leads a small development operation providing strategies and guidance to a multi-branch annual campaign with intentional focus on year-round philanthropic activities
  • Increased annual giving campaign by 22% since 2018 and assisted branches in implementing annual giving best practices to grow volunteer campaigners from 74 to 218, member giving frmo 2.5% to 5%, reach 100% board giving at association and branches, and raise more in staff campaign than in the Y's 106-year history
  • Provides leadership for Association Financial Development operations including database management, gift processing and acknowledgement and Association wide stewardship efforts
  • Experience with annual giving implementation at the branch level while serving as the Membership and Marketing Director at the Northwest YMCA
  • Doubled annual giving productivity over one year to $1.4M while at the YMCA of South Florida as the Executive Director of Development
  • Led a $1.5M annual giving program at The UNLV Foundation in Las Vegas

Capital Development
  • Supports a strong volunteer Leadership Council in a $6 M capital campaign to renovate the Downtown YMCA
  • Led $12M capiital campaign at Art Museum in Las Vegas
  • Assisted in $500M Comprehensive Campaign at the UNLV Foundation as Development Officer, Annual Fund

Endowment/Planned Giving
  • Supports the YMCA Foundation of Southern Arizona in planned giving efforts and the recruitment, cultivation and stewardshiip of Heritage Club Members

Board/Volunteer Development

• Serves on the Association Financial Development Committeee and facilitates and guides efforts to strengthen the Y's Culture of Philanthropy with Association and Branch Board Volunteers.