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Foundations and Corporate Giving Director

Company: YMCA of Greater Houston

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: July 25, 2018

The Foundations and Corporate Giving Director is responsible for the writing and overseeing the YMCA’s grant application and management process. This position is also responsible for leading efforts to identify new funding opportunities to increase the YMCA’s visibility and improve its ability to secure grant funds.


      • Develop and write grant applications and grant materials, proposals, case statements, conceptual plans, letters of inquiry, acknowledgement letters, stewardship reports and other foundation communication.
      • Research and analyze information and data for proposal development.
      • Prepare customized proposals according to each foundation’s guidelines.
      • Prepare attachments and other collateral materials for proposals.
      • Maintain communication with appropriate staff and departments on required reports and documentation to ensure successful proposals.
      • Develop and maintain a comprehensive annual calendar to include proposal timing, tracking, follow up, stewardship, recurring requests, etc.
      • Capture all relevant prospect and donor activity in the database.
      • Collaborate with gift officers to ensure the Y presents a compelling need around our case to donors which results in obtaining grant funding.
      • Cultivate and maintain relationships with partner organizations to create joint funding requests where and when applicable.
      • Oversee the grant process to ensure compliance with Association and funder guidelines.
      • Coordinate United Way efforts and ensure proposals meet Association standards.
      • Coordinate and administer post-award activities for all sponsored projects.
      • Research and identify new grant opportunities to develop additional funding resources.
      • Develop forms, processes and procedures and policies for implementing a consistent grant application methodology.
      • Assist Y staff with drafting smaller value proposals.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. It’s who are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day. We are cause-driven. We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose. As a cause driven leader you are expected to be:

      • Welcoming - Accept neighbors eagerly, warmly, hospitably and as equal participants.
      • Nurturing - To care for, support, and help develop through encouragement.
      • Hopeful - Take an optimistic or positive view of future outcomes.
      • Determined - To devote full strength and concentrated attention to the cause.
      • GenuineTo be honest and open in relationships with others.

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology


      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or equivalent combination of education and experience.
      • Three or more years related experience in grant writing, fund raising, nonprofit or other related field.
      • Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Internet Explorer.
      • Minimum age of 21 years.
      • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse prevention trainings.
      • Previous experience with diverse populations.
      • Strong organizational, planning, project management, time management and problem resolution skills.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication and member service skills.
      • Attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities
May directly supervises part time and non-exempt employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; reviewing and approving timesheets; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; monitoring and updating all required staff certifications; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Computer Literacy
Skills are essential in all of the Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Access. Ability to use these programs to lighten work load, develop reports and to automate procedures is very necessary. Ability to diagnose basic PC problems and to communicate those problems is very important.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Travel is primarily local between assigned centers during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

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