DAXKO TMD: How to be Secure in an Unsecure (& scary) World

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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where we have different speakers or watch helpful videos on developing and improving our careers. For this month, Steve K. did a great job helping us all become “Security Heroes”.

Steve K. did a great job sharing some alarming security stats in the tech industry. Did you know that there are 350,000 new viruses created everyday in 2015? Security is a large threat, and it’s important to know some basics to keep your information safe. Here are 10 tips that Steve shared with us to make you a “Security Hero”.

  • Keep your password safe. Long and convoluted
  • Do not open email attachments that are sent from suspicious sender or do not look like a real email
  • Keep your laptop secure after hours and not exposed on your desk or in your car
  • You control what you choose to click
  • Enforce and test
  • Using public wifi with a company laptop can be dangerous
  • Keep sensitive and confidential documents and files stored securely in dropbox
  • Pay attention to the behavior of your computer so you can recognize when something is wrong
  • Do not give out sensitive info over the phone if you do not know the caller
  • Do not copy data to an insecure device such as thumb drivers

Congratulations, you are now a Security Hero!


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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where we have different speakers or watch helpful videos on developing and improving our careers. This month our team member Becki I. spoke to us about the importance of creating a Company of Caring and Compassion-Why Inclusion Matters.

Becki began by telling her and her lovely son, Gabe’s story. This was a great transition into the considerations and suggestions Becki gave below.

  • Mobility: There are 30.6 million people in the United States that have a cognitive or physical disability. Of those, 19.9 million require a caregiver for basic needs. Be educated and aware of these numbers.
  • Facility: This particular YMCA is on the forefront of building a facility with the idea of “Universal Design” that includes everyone in the building and design of a facility.
  • Money: As Becki mentioned, this is a tough one to discuss. But it’s a reality. On average, those with disabilities make $1,960/month compared to $2,700/month for those who don’t have a disability. This can be difficult to balance given the cost of medical care and treatment.
  • Community: Community should act as a support system. You need people to survive. Don’t be afraid to have a conservation with those that have disabilities. Becki gave a great example/conversation starter. Simply asking what their story is can go a long way.
  • Inclusion: A great example of this is the “Miracle League” facilitated by the YMCA of Greater Houston. Watch more about this here.

Some things you can do today?

Becki also set up a great, simple, actionable exercise for everyone to participate in during the TMD. Take a post-it note of one color and write down some reflections about what you learned. On another color post-it note write down one commitment you’ll make that is caring and compassionate to someone with a disability. We encourage you to try the same and write down one way you would do the same. What will you do today?


3 Key Motivators for the Millennial Workforce

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Last year Millennials became the majority generation in the workforce.  According to Pew Research, there are now more Millennials than Gen X or Baby Boomers in the American workforce. You may think of Millennials as social media obsessed, selfie-taking young adults, but don’t overlook their desire for a sense of community, to make a difference, and to take advantage of opportunities for advancement. 


Millennials want to belong to a group or community. This seems like a no-brainer considering the success of social media, but don’t think that it stops with virtual communities. Millennials are brand loyal, compassionateand want to be a part of something bigger. According to Adam Poswolsky in Fast Company, millennials aren’t really motivated by financial gain, instead, “they aim to make the world more compassionate, innovative, and sustainable.” Because this fits with the mission of most community nonprofits, try to appeal to millennials on those grounds by stressing the importance of your organization to make your shared community a better place. 


You’re likely to find Millennials volunteering their time and money to causes they believe in. Don’t miss an opportunity to get your Millennial staff involved in your cause—don’t assume that just because they work for you that they’re allocating their limited resources to you.


You may have heard that Millennials are a job-hopping group, but data shows otherwise. Millennials are looking for opportunities to grow in their career and advance in their company.  Poswolsky explains, “millennials will work hard when you get serious about investing in their skills development. Young talent wants the opportunity to learn from someone with expertise; they want that on-the-ground experience to happen today, not tomorrow – and certainly not in five years.”

I’ll leave you with this: Understanding the Millennial Mindset goes further than understanding your staff. Millennials are also the future of your membership. So don’t overlook this pivotal group of game-changers. 

Igniting a Spark in Atlanta

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Daxko’s Headed to the 34th Annual NAYDO Conference

Next week, 30+ Daxko Team Members will travel to Atlanta for NAYDO 2015 – an annual, four-day conference that draws 1,500+ YMCA staff and volunteers from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and 20 other countries. If you’re also planning to attend, we know your schedule is already jam-packed with sessions, social events, and networking. We hope you’ll find time to connect with team Daxko while you’re there. Here are four ways you can meet us in Atlanta:

1. Visit Our Booth (#57-58) and Score Swag

Swing by our booth in the Marquis Ballroom foyer to pick up your FREE ticket to the “Paint the Town Red” party Friday night and enter for your chance to win one of two Apple Watch giveways! Come see us when you’re ready for a break. We’ll have lounge furniture for relaxing, treats for snacking, and fun Daxko swag to give away. Learn more.

2. Party with Us at “Paint the Town Red”

We’re proud to sponsor NAYDO’s big Friday night party – “Paint the Town Red!” Pick up your free ticket at our booth, wear something red, then walk over to the World of Coca-Cola Friday night at 7:00 to enjoy delicious Southern food, drinks, a cash bar, dancing, and a live band. We’ll also announce the winner of our Apple Watch giveaway, so you won’t want to miss this party! Learn more.

3. Ignite your Inspiration by Attending our Sessions

Thursday @ 12:00 p.m. – General Session & Luncheon Sponsored by Daxko

Thursday @ 2:15 p.m. – “Creating Fundraising Volunteers who are On Fire for the Cause

Thursday @ 3:45 p.m. – “Tap Into Membership to Fuel your Donor Pipeline

Friday @ 10:45 a.m. – “Engaging Millennials in the Y’s Cause

4. Get Social with Us

Be sure to follow @Daxko on Twitter and like us on Facebook so we can keep you posted with updates, drawing winners, conference photos, and more.