Richard L. Gruen
Board Member


Richard Gruen retired in February 2018 following a 48-year career in nonprofit management and fundraising in Houston.  He served as director of adult training and employment services at The Center for Pursuit for over 25 years before becoming their foundation’s director of development.  He also served as director of development for the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence prior to accepting the position of director of development and communications for Today’s Harbor for Children where he worked for 13 years before his retirement. 

Working for small nonprofit organizations he has been responsible for foundation, organization, corporation, and individual solicitations; annual appeals, golf tournaments, donor stewardship, community relations, marketing, and third-party fundraising events.  Richard has been an active member of the Greater Houston Chapter since joining the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1998.  He has served a total of 13 years on the chapter’s board of directors and in numerous other leadership positions.  In 2018 he received the chapter’s President’s Award for community service. He currently chairs the mentorship committee and serves on the finance and National Philanthropy Day committees.

Community involvement includes membership in the Rotary Club of Houston Heights and the Houston Downtown Optimist Club.  He is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of the Rodeo’s Speakers Committee where he serves as vice chairman of the public speaking team.  He enjoys spending time as a volunteer with the Houston Astros Foundation, preparing meals in the kitchen at Houston Food Bank, and serving on the board of directors of the Apollo Chamber Players.