Lauren Futch 
Senior Associate Director
UTHealth Science Center
Vice President of Membership 

Lauren Futch began her career in fundraising like many other non-profit professionals: by chance. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Lauren moved to Washington, D.C. to work on Capitol Hill. While working for a member of congress, Lauren engaged with multiple groups advocating for change. This experience led her to explore how she could turn her desire to serve others into an impactful career.  It was the passion, generosity, and vision of the non-profit industry that ignited the spark to begin her career in fundraising. 

Lauren is currently a Senior Associate Director of Development at UTHealth Science Center in Houston, Texas. She is a major gift fundraiser connecting alumni, grateful patients, and community leaders to the physicians and faculty at all six of UTHealth’s schools. Prior to her role in health care philanthropy, Lauren spent two years fundraising for the University of Houston’s “Here, We Go” one billion dollar campaign. Through strategic board management and well-executed fundraising events, she helped increase annual revenue by 31%.  Before moving to Houston, Lauren worked in her first fundraising role at the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Her team collaborated with individuals and corporations to raise over 1.6 million each year to provide mammograms for underserved women. 

Lauren is an avid traveler, dog mom, podcast host (The Development Download), and wannabe chef. She is serving her third year as board member on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter Board. She is passionate about inspiring others to find their place in the non-profit world.