“People choose to interact with brands that tell a great story and align with their personal values and style. I love how Philanthropy is similar, donors all have a story and choose causes that align with their values and style. I am excited to work with our donors, learn these stories, and help them make an impact in our community.” – Colleen Helmken, Philanthropic Services Assistant
Colleen Helmken, Philanthropic Services Assistant, joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in December 2021. As part of the philanthropic services team, Colleen focuses on providing back office support to fund holders and donors. She oversees the Community Foundation’s database and acts as the project manager for the Impact team.
Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Studio Art from Beloit College. She started her career in New York City in account and project management roles. During her 20 years in the New York City area, Colleen worked for companies in consumer packaged goods and hospitality and managed projects in brand development, marketing, and communications. Colleen also volunteered as a Big Sister during her time on the east coast. Currently, she volunteers for Erin’s House for Grieving Children as a grief facilitator.
Colleen lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and their two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. She loves to grab coffee at Conjure, catch a live music event, or go to a yoga class. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places.