Advancement FYI

Team members building the culture of philanthropy at HSC

Advancement FYI is a way for you to get to know the Office of Institutional Advancement, understand the work that’s being done to engage audiences of all types, and learn how you can help build a culture of philanthropy at HSC. HSC Advancement is constantly working to advance the mission of the Health Science Center through donor and alumni engagement, community education, and corporation and foundation relations. Each month, we will cover a new facet of what makes up HSC Advancement and provide ways to learn more about giving and engagement.


HSC Foundation Relations

The HSC Foundation Relations team has raised millions of dollars to support the work of HSC faculty and campus-wide initiatives that support our mission to create solutions for a healthier community. A team of two, Shelly Borders and Anna Harris together bring well over a decade of fundraising experience to deliver the best results to team members seeking foundation grants for their research and programs.

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Meet your HSC Foundation Relations Team

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Shelly Borders

Associate Director, Foundation Relations
(817) 735-5423 or (817) 675-1981

Shelly Borders has more than 12 years of fundraising experience having served at Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Jewel Charity Ball, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra before joining the Health Science Center. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Communication from The University of Texas at Arlington. In her role as Associate Director, Foundation Relations, Shelly has created a mature Foundation Relations program which, over the last six years, has realized more than $7.5 million to support community outreach programs that serve at-risk, diverse populations and various scientific research projects. Shelly is a former Coordinator of the UNTHSC Community Garden, and is a past member of Grant Professionals Association and Past President of the North Texas Chapter, GPA. She has also participated in the UNTHSC Inspire program and the Management Development Program.

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Anna Harris

Specialist, Foundation Relations
(817) 735-2151 or (214) 475-0045

Anna Harris, MBA joined the UNT Health Science Center 2 years ago, after spending 5 years in development at ROCO – River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas. With a BA in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and a MBA in Strategic Management from The University of North Texas, Anna draws from her experience in the performing arts and nonprofit administration in order to be an effective fundraiser. She works to gain more and more institutional knowledge in her current role as Specialist, Foundation Relations in order to match funding opportunities to numerous components of the HSC.

How can Foundation Relations help you?

HSC Foundation Relations is here to help faculty and program directors meet their goals through foundation fund development. To learn more about the process of applying for foundation funding, you can contact the Foundation Relations team to begin developing a plan of action. Access the HSC Foundation Relations Grantseeker’s Guide below to become familiar with the steps involved in applying for and managing funds and to start you and your program on the path to success!

Pitch to a Grant Writer offers faculty the opportunity to meet with Shelly and Anna to “pitch” their research project or community outreach programs in a “Shark Tank” format. In 20 minutes, faculty talk about their work and why it is impactful to the community. They should come to the meeting with a ballpark budget, a timeline and planned outcomes. To learn more about Pitch to a Grantwriter, contact Anna Harris at (214) 475-0045.