Colette Kleitz brings a passion for philanthropy to Schultz & Williams (S&W) and its clients along with more than 25 years of successful advancement experience working with nonprofits in the fields of education, arts and culture, social services and healthcare.
Joining S&W in 2019, Colette previously served as associate vice president for external relations at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, raising $9MM annually. Prior to her role at the Center, Colette served as director of advancement at Germantown Friends School (GFS), raising more than $7MM annually. During her 16-year tenure at GFS, she worked in nearly every facet of institutional advancement including planned giving, major gifts, alumni and parent relations, events, management and leadership. Colette also served as director of development for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (New York City) for five years and the Children’s Storefront School in Harlem for two.
Colette discovered her passion for philanthropy while working in the finance industry. As a volunteer Big Sister for ten years for the Catholic Big Sisters in New York City, she became an active board member and fundraiser. She also worked with numerous nonprofits in New York as director of special events at Christie’s Auction House and later at a consulting firm producing large-scale charity events.
As a board member of Northern Children’s Services (formerly Northern Home for Children) in Philadelphia, Colette worked closely with the development team and led the organization’s name-change and rebranding. She and her family also fostered a six-year-old boy through Northern for six months and assisted in transitioning him to his forever family.
Colette has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Philadelphia.