AFP Scholarship Spotlight: William Horton, Assistant Director of Development and Stewardship, Holocaust Museum Houston 

AFP Greater Houston’s National Philanthropy Day helps fund scholarships for deserving professionals throughout Greater Houston who want to take the next step in their fundraising careers. In this feature we are highlighting William Horton, who had the opportunity to attend Ask the Experts this summer due to a scholarship from AFP Greater Houston. William currently works at the Holocaust Museum Houston where he is leading a team effort to recognize donors by cumulative lifetime giving while also working with a small portfolio of mid-level donors. 

In addition to his work in stewarding donors, William uses management and critical thinking skills acquired during graduate school at Texas A&M University - The Bush School of Government and Public Service to lead museum-wide initiatives implementing the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results for performance measurement and evaluation. 

As an emerging leader William knows the importance of professional development and growing in his career. William has specialized in donor stewardship across all aspects of development with past experience in higher education and an alumni association. 

William shares how the Ask the Experts scholarship has had an impact on his career: “This scholarship was the gateway to networking with a group of peers and learning about fundraising firsthand from representatives across many institutions. I did not have access to a large professional development budget, and receiving these funds allowed me an opportunity to grow early in my career and make important connections. Peer feedback is invaluable for personal and professional growth.”