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Cynthia Colbert Riley

Senior Consultant, Houston

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Making a difference is what inspires Cynthia to work tirelessly with non-profit organizations to achieve transformational results in philanthropy. Cynthia has served for nearly 30 years as an institutional advancement leader in healthcare, higher education and public broadcasting with significant results in fundraising campaigns, operations and financial management, donor stewardship, board relations and communications.

Before beginning her consulting practice at Dini Spheris, she concluded the Faith in our Future Campaign for the University of St. Thomas raising $146M in its most ambitious campaign to date. Cynthia had re-joined the University of St. Thomas, where she served for 5 years in the 1990s as the capital campaign coordinator during the University’s first capital campaign and where she received her Master in Liberal Arts degree. Prior to this campaign, she served as the Vice President for Development at The Methodist Hospital System from 2007-2012, building the organization’s first strategic development program and completing its first major $200M fundraising campaign. Cynthia has also worked for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, KUHT Channel 8 and KWGS 89.5.

Cynthia has been a member of AFP since moving to Houston in 1990 serving on multiple committees including a former AFP Board Member. She currently serves in the mentorship program. Additionally, Cynthia was named outstanding fundraising professional in 2013.

Representative Clients Served

  • Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation
  • Rice University
  • Rothko Chapel
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of St. Thomas

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