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On July 9, United Church Homes announced that it has hired veteran fundraiser Vincent Dent as its new vice president of advancement.
In his new role, Dent will help position the department as a leader in securing philanthropic support for vulnerable residents of United Church Home’s continuing care retirement and affordable housing communities.
The advancement department also raises money for capital improvements at all United Church Home communities, such as the current capital campaign at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The Rev. Kenneth Daniel, United Church Homes president and CEO, said Dent will focus on establishing long-term relationships with prospective donors by connecting them to the United Church Homes programs they are most passionate about. The United Church Homes board recently analyzed current fundraising efforts, needs and capabilities and found that effective fundraising has evolved and incorporates more than simply asking for money. “Impactful fundraising,” Daniel said, “occurs best when there is a culture of philanthropy that exists in the company that builds bridges between our organization and those who share our mission. I think Vincent can help us grow and sustain that culture." Dent, who most recently worked as associate vice president of advancement at Liberty Lutheran Services, a nonprofit human services agency in Ambler, Pa., brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in senior living, social service and higher education organizations. “Vincent has a background in both donor cultivation in higher education and senior living organizations,” Daniel said. “He brings a lot of energy and new ideas, and has a strong track record of success.” In effect, Dent will be a matchmaker, Daniel said, “marrying” people’s interests to the needs of the organization. Dent, who begins his new job on July 6, said he is looking forward to meeting the many supporters of United Church Homes and sharing with them the organization’s mission and vision statements. “When I spoke with Rev. Daniel during the interview process, I was impressed with his vision for United Church Homes. I spent an entire day meeting the executive team members, staff, board members, residents and donors, and it was clear to me that they all are passionate about United Church Homes and its mission," Dent said. “I feel honored to be a part of this dynamic faith-based nonprofit.”