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Kate Schnittman, CFRE, is founder of Ardent Group, which helps nonprofits achieve their strategic, operational, and fundraising goals. Kate enjoys creating valuable collaborations between nonprofit organizations, philanthropic individuals, and the business community in order to achieve common objectives. She is experienced with grant planning and writing; development communications; event planning; annual giving programs; donor cultivation and stewardship planning; strategic planning; and project and program management. 


Kate emerged as a nonprofit executive in 2010 when she left her 12-year career as a human resources consultant to found The Kolbe Fund, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that supports families who must travel to obtain pediatric medical care. In 2016, in recognition of her service, Kate received the Power Woman Award from the Main Line Times, was designated as a Philadelphia Woman on the Move, and received the Main Line Parent Community Builder Award. In 2022, she received the Alumni Service Award from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women. 


Kate is the former President of MOMS Club International Drexel Hill and is proud of her service with Peace Corps Kazakhstan. She has chaired numerous fundraisers and galas and served on several boards, including the Charles & Mary Crossed Foundation, House of Mercy, and the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. She chairs the Rochester Women's Network Community Services Special Interest Group and is a member of The Children’s Agenda’s Fundraising and Development Committee. 


Passionate about education, Kate has served on the School Improvement and Headmaster Search Committees for Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as the Advancement Committee for Ss Philip and James School in Philadelphia. 


Kate is a 1998 graduate of The College of Wooster with a major in Economics.  She received her degree in Mathematics and Education from Nazareth College in 2003 and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2019.

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