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January 12, 2017

Food & Friends Welcomes Carolyn Schmidt, CFRE, as Chief Development Officer

Food & Friends is pleased to welcome Carolyn Schmidt as Food & Friends' new Chief Development Officer! Carolyn started in December and has already immersed herself in the organization.

“I am very pleased to welcome Carolyn to our organization. Her broad and deep experience in development will create enormous benefit to Food & Friends,” said Craig Shniderman, Executive Director of Food & Friends.

"It is an honor to be joining Food & Friends in such an important leadership role," said Carolyn. "I'm coming from an organization that provides loving homes for children, so the mission of Food & Friends resonates. It's about caring for people who are dealing with a life threatening illness, providing them with something as basic as nutritious meals, a personal connection, and maybe even a hug. I'm excited to be part of something so meaningful."

Carolyn and young volunteers on Family Day
Carolyn has over 29 years of results-driven fundraising and non-profit management experience working for international, national and regional organizations in social services, higher education and literacy. She is joining Food & Friends from SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc., where she oversaw major and planned giving. Before SOS, she held leadership positions as Managing Director of Development for Prevent Cancer Foundation, Director of Development for Reading Is Fundamental, and was Director of Operations for Catholic Charities Foundation of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Carolyn is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an active member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She believes in cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout an organization and is committed to fostering relationships with donors who become long-time philanthropic partners. She and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia. She has two adult children – a recent graduate of James Madison University and a student at the University of Mary Washington.

Welcome Carolyn!


  1. Overcharged 900 USD in donation on 12/21/2016. Expecting refund soonest in order for your organization mantenatance of "good name ".thank you.
    John Triplett

    1. Hi John, I believe our development has been in contact to resolve the issue. Thank you for letting us know, and for your support!