Susan Walters-Klenke

Fund Development Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
NAYDO: Membership Committee Chair, Conference Workshop Volunteer Coordinator, Grants & Govt Funding Track Council Dean
Office: 313 223 2490   


  • Years in Financial Development (YMCA and Other): 22

  • Years Affiliated with the Y: 22

  • Budget in Current Position: $15+M

Financial Development Accomplishments

Annual Support

  • Provide leadership to an annual giving campaign of over $1M for 7 branches, and 2 camps, as well as numerous community outreach initiatives, and key support to  association campaign.

Capital Development

  • Currently completing a comprehensive campaign that will provide funding for community initiatives and capital improvements


Endowment/Planned Giving

  • Serve on the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan 

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

  • 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