The YMCA of Greater Hartford is proud to announce that Sue Joyse has returned to the organization as its new Chief Development Officer. Joyse previously led development at the Y as a vice president from 2010 to 2014, and was a senior director of development and donor relations from 2006 to 2010.
“I am excited to be leading the philanthropic efforts at the YMCA of Greater Hartford,” Joyse said. “I am thankful to have joined a team of colleagues and volunteers dedicated to building lifelong success in the communities we serve.”
Joyse is a member of the Y’s executive leadership team. She will focus on the organization’s fundraising efforts in support of its vision and mission. In her first several weeks, Joyse has jumped right in, focusing on planning the YMCA’s two major annual fundraising events: the Kids to Camp Golf Tournament and YMCA Celebrates Champions. Joyse is also overseeing the organization’s annual campaign, which raises funds to provide financial assistance to ensure all individuals of the Greater Hartford community have access that programs to support health in spirit, mind and body.
Joyse brings a wealth of experience to the Y. During her previous work with the Y, she led efforts that raised over $15 million for the capital campaigns that led to the construction of the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center in the North End of Hartford, the Indian Valley Family YMCA in Ellington, and the Hale YMCA Youth & Family Center in Putnam.
In her previous work, Joyse led philanthropy teams for the Saint Francis Foundation and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, where she raised more than $10 million for essential healthcare programs and services in Greater Hartford. In addition, she has worked for the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the Hartford Downtown Council; and is president of the Rotary Club of Hartford and on the board of Journey Found.
Harold Sparrow, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Sue back into the YMCA family. Sue has remained a beloved member of our community, and we look forward to starting a new decade with her at the helm of our fundraising and donor relations.”
Joyse started in her role in January.