Susan Walters-Klenke

Fund Development Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
NAYDO: Ownership Committee, 2022 Workshop Volunteer Coordinator
Office: 313.223.2490   


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and Other): 20
  • Years Affiliated with the Y: 20
  • Budget in Current Position: Over $1 million

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support

  • Provide leadership to an annual giving campaign of over $1M for 8  branches, 2 camps, 5 outreach initiatives, and key support to  association campaign; the campaign has grown by 15% in the last 4 years in a very challenging climate.


Capital Development

  • Currently in the quiet phase of an association capital campaign


Endowment/Planned Giving

  • Serve on the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan 

  • Provide communications to current Heritage Club members through e-blasts, newsletters and host an annual Heritage Club brunch 

  • Work to grow our endowment through strategic cultivation of branch members


Board and Volunteer Development

  • Provide training related to fundraising to branch boards and other volunteers as it relates to how to invite others to support our mission, donor stewardship, and logistics.


Grant Funding

  • Provide guidance to branch staff on appropriate funding that aligns with our mission

  • Participate in periodic grant reviews at the association level to ensure mission alignment and sustainability of programs

  • Responsible for grant exploration and application up to $50,000


Marketing & Communications

  • Provide guidance on collateral related to philanthropy in our association

  • Ensure collateral is eye-catching, impactful, and in line with our goal to Make Every Day Better


Donor Relations

  • Provide leadership and tools to cultivate current donor base and connect with potential new supporters at the branch and association levels

  • Lead stewardship activities at the association level



  • Member of the Ownership Committee of the NAYDO Council 

  • Co-chair of 2016 NAYDO conference, the first-ever dual country conference 

  • Member of Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan