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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 30 Aug 2019

Expires on 30 Aug 2019

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Manager, Foundations and Grants


At the heart of our work is ensuring the safety net by providing life-saving services to meet our neighbors’ most basic needs, like food and shelter.

We are here to support families and individuals when they are going through crises, like job loss, domestic violence and natural disasters.

And, we create a pathway to self-sufficiency and success for our neighbors and our community. We provide the tools, resources and education for families to achieve financial stability and independence, for children to succeed in school and in life and for veterans to rebuild their lives after returning from service.

Every day of the year, 24-hours a day, we are the voice of help and hope for those who call our 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.

And, we bring stakeholders and our community together to address the most pressing needs in our area, improving the quality of life for everyone in our region. We do it all strategically, transparently and with a focus on 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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