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Catholic Health Initiatives Director Philanthropy in Houston, Texas


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

The Director Philanthropy will serve in a major gift capacity and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors to build and maintain a prospect and donor base for the Foundation. The Director will be a member of the team responsible for all operations and programs related to major gift fundraising efforts (gifts > $50,000), with a focus on identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects and donors. Serves as a member of the department’s leadership team, and remains involved in high‐level decision‐making as well as developing goals, policies and procedures for the department. Provides support to St. Luke’s Foundation projects and programs to ensure all aspects are fully integrated and remain complementary, effective, and efficient.


  1. Identify, develop and implement ongoing and annual fundraising goals and opportunities to improve donation efforts across the hospital or market assigned.

  2. Collaborate with program and hospital stakeholders to educate members on fundraising deliverables and impact results across the hospital and division.

  3. Maintain portfolio of prospective and current donors with responsibility for securing philanthropic gifts and cultivating and soliciting strategies for each donor.

  4. Responsible for proper stewardship of major gifts, and continually engaging with donors to sustain and grow the relationship and connection with St. Luke’s Foundation. Communicate with portfolio through face‐to‐face cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings, and written strategies; ensure that each major donor and prospect has a clear strategy and timeline for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

  5. Present ideas, report progress and develop strategies for prioritizing the entire donor portfolio in coordination with the Div VP Development.

  6. Coordinate donor interests with the priorities of the hospital, and market and develop funding proposals to match the interests with needs.

  7. Contribute to the development of tools and processes to improve internal controls, work flow processes and desk manual procedures

  8. Maintain privacy and confidentiality of all donor and prospect information at all times.

  9. Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

*Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline

*Seven (7) years of experience with direct gift solicitation, fundraising, and/or capital campaign efforts

  • Five (5) years of leadership experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Training:

*Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills

*Excellent oral and written communication skills

*Highest standards of ethics as accepted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

*Ability to relate well with others internally and externally

*Ability to take initiative, work independently, and work well with teams

Pay Range

$56.83 - $82.40 /hour

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.