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Director of Grants

TMF Purpose and Vision

Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the Church to achieve its God-appointed mission, and living our core values of servanthood, integrity, and competence. Further, we seek to empower the purpose of the Church “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We do this by galvanizing financial resources and courageous leadership to create communities rooted in God’s love that take action to bring about a better world. We like to describe it as “the world of God’s imagination.”

Stewarding potential means we take every opportunity, through every point of contact, to help individuals, families, congregations, and other non-profits achieve their God-inspired potential.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, TMF offers assistance to faith-based organizations and leaders aligned with our mission and vision in Texas and New Mexico through investments, loans, grants, leadership platforms, purpose discernment, gift planning, and endowment services. The largest United Methodist foundation in the country, TMF has over $700 million in funds under management. This growth is supported by a sixty-person Board of Directors and a staff of approximately 50 persons.


TMF History


Since its beginning in 1938, TMF has sought to inspire and support those we serve to continually discern their God-appointed purposes. We developed a culture centered on relationships of trust with churches, other non-profits, and individuals who see TMF as a trusted partner in building cultures of purpose, generosity, and courage that inspire a spirit of abundance.

Beginning in the 1990s, Tom Locke, our current president, helped TMF discover our core ideology: our purpose and values were not so much as a financial service provider but as a ministry that provides financial services. That discovery led TMF to expand beyond financial services and begin a Leadership Ministry that provides peer learning platforms for clergy and lay leaders to address the critical needs facing the church as it seeks to live out its mission.

TMF is committed to investing its financial resources and platforms for learning to demonstrate and develop the courageous leadership and innovative initiatives required to bring about transformative change.


TMF Grants


TMF’s Grants Ministry began in the late 1980s as investors trusted TMF to identify organizations focused on making the world a better place. These early grants came primarily from restricted funds. Over time, our grants began to focus on outcomes, systemic change, and the creation of informal partnerships with grant applicants, including assisting non-profit leaders in developing management skills and effective boards.

Our focus shifted to four key areas: outreach, evangelism, scholarships, and children in poverty. We also use grants to expand our relationship development with innovative leaders and to support their work. The Grants Ministry now distributes approximately $2 million annually, about half of which is available without restriction.

Finally, in emergency situations such as Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic, TMF has made specialized grants to non-profits to ensure their work continues during challenging circumstances.

Position and Duties for Director of Grants

TMF’s Grants Ministry is an integral part of TMF’s strategic direction “to help the church become more purposeful and more clearly focused on its God-appointed mission through the integration of financial and leadership resources.” The director of grants plays a vital role in that strategic process. That role includes the following key outcomes and leadership qualities.

Desired External Outcomes:

  • Support innovative leadership by focusing on bright spots and investing in spiritual/social entrepreneurs
  • Expand TMF’s knowledge of organizations and leaders supporting under-resourced communities.
  • Prioritize grants for under-resourced communities
  • Build an efficient operational process that is user friendly
  • Create a system to measure impact in terms of mission, learning and finances using both soft and hard metrics in both congregations and other non-profits
  • Serve as consultant to our grantees to help them expand capacity and sustainability
  • Discover ways that TMF’s grants can be leveraged
  • Partner with other granting organizations

Desired Internal Outcomes:

  • Lead grants to become an integral part of our strategic direction by working with TMF’s Area Representatives, Leadership Ministry, and Philanthropy to develop an integrated approach for pastoral leadership and congregational improvement and learning
  • Partner with Communications to enlarge TMF’s capacity to link the story of others to TMF’s purpose and values
  • Participate in senior staff discussions
  • Ongoing attention to ensuring donor’s intention(s) are honored for restricted grants


Leadership Qualities

Excellent communicator

Budgeting and accounting experience

Values are consistent with TMF culture


Spiritual Entrepreneur

  • Can see what is emerging and collaborates readily
  • Imaginative - Always looking for opportunities
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and risk
  • Finds satisfaction in the success of others
  • Comfortable developing relationships with diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic communities
  • Thinks big!


Systems Thinker

  • Ability to organize and plan
  • Brings a network of relationships with them – relationships with underserved communities is a plus
  • Understands the positive relationship between institutions and innovators
  • Ability to see the possibilities to further integrate Grants Ministry into TMF’s culture

Lifelong Learner

  • Comfortable with sharing learning
  • Comfortable with peer learning
  • Understands the power of telling the other’s story
  • Can inspire leadership in others
  • Constantly seeking lessons learned and applying learnings to different contexts


Reports to Executive Vice President Curtis Vick with ready access to President Tom Locke

Accountable to Grants Committee of TMF Board of Directors for oversight and approval

Please apply by sending resume and cover letter directly to Susan Puhar at spuhar@tmf-fdn.org

Deadline for application is July 15, 2021.