Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

Meet Colleen Ritzer

Colleen Ritzer dedicated her life to two passions: family and teaching. Her story is one that has inspired many. Learn more about the amazing impact Colleen had on the lives of so many.

Step Up for Colleen

Each year, the community comes together to honor the life and legacy of Colleen. Join us in Andover for the 12th Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run on May 4, 2025!

Memorial Scholarship

Teachers are integral in setting up the next generation for success, and we're devoted to supporting the education they need to achieve their goals and enter the classroom.
Colleen's Legacy

Our Mission

The Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Fund fosters a society of compassion with kindness as a motivating influence in all its endeavors. Renowned for her kindness, zeal for life, teaching, and love of family, the organization emulates Colleen’s compassion through scholarships, grants and other programs with kindness and education at their core. 

Our Initiatives

Carrying on Colleen's Legacy

Memorial Scholarships

Step Up for Colleen 5K

Kindness for Colleen

Pink Daisies & Cacti

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Future Leaders

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Honoring Colleen

We help local nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more.

Spreading Kindness

Colleen's positivity and kindness and contagious. Following in her footsteps, join us in performing random acts of kindness and be the good in someone's day. #Kindness4Colleen

Supporting Future Teachers

We help local nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more.