Habitat for Humanity names Colleen Finn Ridenhour new senior vice president of Development
ATLANTA (Jan. 4, 2017) — Habitat for Humanity International is pleased to announce Colleen Finn Ridenhour will serve as senior vice president of Development to further the organization’s fundraising goals and support progress toward its 2020 strategic plan.
Ridenhour joined Habitat in February 2013 as deputy director of Corporate, Foundation and Institutional Relations. In that role, she implemented an integrated strategy to grow and diversify Habitat’s corporate donor portfolio through sustainable and mission-focused partnerships.
“Colleen has played a valuable role in strengthening our donor engagement and stewardship over the years, and we are thrilled she has accepted this important position,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “With her extensive experience in nonprofit and corporate philanthropy, we look forward to the continued leadership, creativity and enthusiasm that she will bring to her expanded role.”
As senior vice president of Development, Ridenhour will manage fundraising strategy and process, including planning; cultivation; solicitation and stewardship of donors; individual and planned giving; corporate and foundation relations; direct and cause-related marketing; global campaigns; and support fundraising activities of local Habitat organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She also will be a member of Habitat’s senior management team, helping to guide the overall work of the organization and supporting the implementation of Habitat’s global strategic initiatives.
Before joining Habitat, Ridenhour was the senior director of Corporate Alliances at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Prior to that, she was senior director of Marketing and New Business Development at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and vice president of Marketing Solutions and Branded Entertainment at E! Networks.
Ridenhour earned her degree from Wake Forest University.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.