Mike Bussey provides a comprehensive portfolio in fundraising and strategic management for YMCAs, churches and other faith-based organizations.
Prior to joining the Donor By Design team, Mike served for eight years as YMCA of the USAs Financial Development consultant to 350 YMCAs in 14 Midwest states, as well as to the Jerusalem International YMCA. During his tenure with YMCA of the USA, Mike’s consulting approach inspired and empowered YMCA volunteers and staff to effectively connect financial development best practices to the critically important work in their communities.
Mike’s 40 year YMCA career also included nine years as the Director General of the Jerusalem International YMCA and 20 years with the YMCA of Greater St. Paul where he served as the Director of Camp St. Croix and as Vice President of Financial Development and Operations. During Mike’s tenure as the Director General of the Jerusalem International YMCA, the YMCA was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its historic work in building peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.
Mike provides counsel for:
Mike has served on the NAYDO Council (North American YMCA Development Organization), as the National YMCA Director for World Camp ’85 and as the YMCA of the USA's representative to YMCAs in the Middle East. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous YMCA conferences and annual meetings.
Mike is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), where he has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni and now serves on the college’s Alumni Association Board. He is also the founder and Board Chair of the Friends of the Jerusalem International YMCA, a U.S. not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness of (and support for) the critically important work of the Jerusalem International YMCA.
After living and working in Jerusalem and Chicago for 25 years, Mike and his wife, Marcia, have recently returned to their home state of Minnesota where they live in Woodbury.
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