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Manager, Foundations and Grants

Houston, TX

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 5 Nov 2019

Expires on 5 Nov 2019

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Manager, Foundations and Grants


For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater Houston has brought together diverse partners and approaches to get to the root of complex challenges holding people back.

We are a driving force for good that connects our neighbors to opportunities to thrive. We help our neighbors achieve financial stability, support families and youth with physical and behavioral health and educational services along the way, and provide the safety net that catches the most vulnerable.

And, we manage every gift with care — shepherding your donation to make the greatest impact in the place we call home.

United Way of Greater Houston will create the opportunity for every person in our community to thrive by:

  • Creating a pathway to self-sufficiency and success by providing tools, resources, and educational support to help hardworking individuals and families obtain financial stability and quality of life
  • Helping young people achieve academic success through quality out-of-school programs, including early childhood education, before and after school programs and school break programming
  • Providing safety net programs that help people take care of their basic and immediate needs, like food, shelter, clothing, and other critical services
  • Operating the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, staffed with specialists accessing our community’s largest, most up-to-date database of social services, 24/7/365 days a year to help those in need access hope and help
  • Convening and leading long-term recovery efforts when our community faces disaster


Backed by Research: United Way studies the needs in our community through program data, 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE data and local research, like the ALICE Report for Texas, a broad picture of the number of households struggling financially, which underscores the importance of United Way THRIVE and other programs that help families establish a path to a more successful future.
Community Investment Process: United Way’s volunteer-led Community Investment Process ensures good stewardship of donor dollars, investment in efficient and effective services, and measurable results.


The Manager will lead United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH) strategies and activities primarily, but not exclusively, to grow the giving and engagement of public and private foundations. Responsible for renewing, increasing and securing new grant support, submitting grant proposals, grant reports and engagement of grant making organizations and foundations. Coordinates the application, reporting and recording of grants and foundation gifts organization-wide. Tracks and maintains calendar of submission and other deadlines.


Fundraising: In conjunction with internal partners, responsible for drafting initial grant proposals for review by appropriate staff. Develop and achieve established goals for organizational grant and foundation giving as well as personal portfolio goals for annual fundraising and engagement. Work with other members of the UWGH team to ensure goals reflect and align and contribute to the broader goals of the organization. Ensure all grants are applied for and reports are submitted on time.

Constituent Relationships:  Work with UWGH’s Community Impact team to identify, develop and implement opportunities to communicate community impact work, UWGH goals and priorities to constituents with a focus on grantmaking organizations and foundations.  Be knowledgeable about UWGH’s work in Greater Houston and an effective and compelling communicator of the same to advance engagement and brand value. Coordinate tracking and receipt of gifts with accounting; ensure thank you, application and reporting communication is sent in timely manner.  Ensure activity is recorded in CRM database in a timely manner.

Relationships: Develop and maintain regular contact with existing and prospective grant-making organizations. Identify and communicate with appropriate UWGH team members regarding opportunities to leverage these relationships more broadly. 

Other: Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis. A willingness to take on additional duties to ensure the success of the team is essential.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and five (5) years demonstrated experience of writing successful grant proposals and reports. Fundraising experience in a large nonprofit organization a plus.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

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