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GRANTS MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Bridging the Divide Between Philanthropists And Community Organizations

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Fatma, a grants manager, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. For Fatima, the most frustrating aspect of her job is the disjuncture between the boards of foundations who award grants and the community organizations that receive them, the problem being that the people who award the grants don't truly understand where the money is most needed in the communities that they are trying to impact.

Degree: Economics - History
Job Title: Grants Manager
Employer: Pacific Foundation Services

Job Summary: Grants Manager

Job Description

Grants management is a job function within a grantmaking organization that focuses on the operations side of grantmaking, including grantmaking policies, procedures, compliance, and data and records management.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Within grant management are the following roles and responsibilities.:

-Senior managers (officers and the board) are the experts in what the organization funds, deciding the organization’s strategic focus and funding priorities.
-Program staff are the experts in who the organization funds, building relationships with grantees and potential grantees, keeping abreast of developments in the field and making the tough decisions among competing proposals.
-Grants managers are the experts on how grants are made, dealing with the policies, procedures and operations behind receiving, awarding, and monitoring grants.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Teamwork, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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m='16250'>people</span> <span m='16790'>from</span> <span m='17960'>poor</span> <span m='18340'>neighborhoods.</span> </p><p><span m='19800'>But</span> <span m='21100'>the</span> <span m='21240'>people</span> <span m='21710'>who</span> <span m='22060'>are</span> <span m='23540'>giving</span> <span m='24000'>this</span> <span m='24600'>money</span> <span m='26020'>oftentimes</span> <span m='26730'>are</span> <span m='27040'>disconnected</span> <span m='27800'>to</span> <span m='28100'>the</span> <span m='28220'>communities</span> <span m='28680'>that</span> <span m='28820'>they're</span> <span m='28970'>trying</span> <span m='29280'>to</span> <span m='29390'>impact.</span> <span m='29930'>So</span> <span m='31910'>that,</span> <span m='32259'>I</span> <span m='32409'>would</span> <span m='32580'>say,</span> <span m='32740'>is</span> <span m='32880'>one</span> <span m='33090'>aspect</span> <span m='33630'>that</span> <span m='33770'>is</span> <span m='33880'>very</span> <span 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m='48000'>a</span> <span m='48630'>young</span> <span m='48980'>black</span> <span m='49950'>woman</span> <span m='50240'>needs.</span> </p><p><span m='51610'>I</span> <span m='51760'>know</span> <span m='51980'>that</span> <span m='52460'>these</span> <span m='52730'>organizations</span> <span m='53380'>that are</span> <span m='53530'>packaging</span> <span m='55030'>information</span> <span m='56450'>to</span> <span m='56640'>the</span> <span m='56760'>boards</span> <span m='57420'>of</span> <span m='57570'>these</span> <span m='57770'>foundations</span> <span m='59110'>so</span> <span m='59320'>that</span> <span m='59490'>they</span> <span m='59600'>can</span> <span m='59760'>be</span> <span m='60610'>more</span> <span m='61050'>culturally</span> <span m='61890'>competent</span> <span m='62530'>when</span> <span m='62630'>they're</span> <span m='62740'>making</span> <span m='63330'>these</span> <span m='63600'>funds,</span> <span m='64390'>these</span> <span m='64599'>grants.</span> </p><p><span m='65660'>But</span> <span m='70000'>it</span> <span m='70850'>just continues</span> <span m='70930'>to be an</span> <span m='71040'>ongoing</span> <span m='71450'>challenge.</span> <span m='71840'>Not</span> <span m='72030'>everybody</span> <span m='72770'>is</span> <span m='72960'>clueless</span> <span m='73360'>about the</span> <span m='73800'>areas</span> <span m='74330'>that the</span> <span m='74510'>funding are</span> <span m='74640'>in.</span> <span m='77040'>There's</span> <span m='77210'>a</span> <span m='77280'>lot</span> <span m='77460'>of</span> <span m='77610'>intelligent</span> <span m='78270'>people</span> <span m='78700'>there,</span> <span m='79060'>and</span> <span m='79630'>it</span> <span m='79690'>doesn't</span> <span m='79950'>matter</span> <span m='80220'>what</span> <span m='80370'>race</span> <span m='80660'>they</span> <span m='80830'>are.</span> </p><p><span m='81090'>They</span> <span m='81210'>can</span> <span m='81410'>be</span> <span m='82040'>white</span> <span m='82620'>and</span> <span m='83380'>really</span> <span m='83740'>emphasizing</span> <span m='84520'>with</span> <span m='84720'>communities</span> <span m='85300'>of</span> <span m='85420'>color,</span> <span m='86430'>but</span> <span m='86970'>I</span> <span m='87120'>found</span> <span m='87610'>that</span> <span m='88130'>you</span> <span m='88630'>can</span> <span m='88780'>never</span> <span m='89070'>really--</span> <span m='90660'>we</span> <span m='90820'>need</span> <span m='91010'>our</span> <span m='91100'>faces</span> <span m='91540'>and our</span> <span m='91780'>voices</span> <span m='92390'>in</span> <span m='92570'>those</span> <span m='93610'>grant-making</span> <span m='94500'>committees</span> <span m='96050'>so</span> <span m='96260'>that</span> <span m='96440'>the</span> <span m='96530'>money</span> <span m='96920'>can go</span> <span m='97250'>where</span> <span m='97530'>it</span> <span m='97690'>really</span> <span m='97950'>needs</span> <span m='98210'>to</span> <span m='98300'>be</span> <span m='98600'>going.</span> </p><p><span m='102080'>Some</span> <span m='102410'>key</span> <span m='102880'>decisions</span> <span m='103450'>that</span> <span m='103580'>I</span> <span m='103650'>made</span> <span m='103970'>in</span> <span m='104070'>my</span> <span m='104190'>career</span> <span m='104600'>that</span> <span m='104740'>led</span> <span m='104940'>me</span> <span m='105120'>to</span> <span m='105290'>where</span> <span m='105470'>I</span> <span m='105590'>am</span> <span m='105810'>today--</span> <span m='106680'>well,</span> <span m='107200'>my</span> <span m='107360'>decision</span> <span m='108470'>to</span> <span m='108640'>come</span> <span m='108860'>to</span> <span m='109000'>New</span> <span m='109070'>York</span> <span m='109290'>University</span> <span m='112040'>from</span> <span m='112430'>Kenya,</span> <span m='113110'>and</span> <span m='113340'>then</span> <span m='114600'>my</span> <span m='115920'>goal</span> <span m='116600'>and</span> <span m='116820'>never-ending</span> <span m='117760'>desire</span> <span m='118210'>to</span> <span m='118330'>work</span> <span m='118580'>in</span> <span m='118710'>social</span> <span m='119060'>justice</span> <span m='120310'>is,</span> <span m='122190'>I</span> <span m='122300'>feel</span> <span m='122690'>like,</span> <span m='122990'>one</span> <span m='123230'>of</span> <span m='123430'>the</span> <span m='124270'>key</span> <span m='125050'>decisions</span> <span m='125540'>that</span> <span m='125560'>I</span> <span m='125710'>kept</span> <span m='127030'>on</span> <span m='129949'>fulfilling--</span> <span m='130720'>I</span> <span m='130850'>mean</span> <span m='131140'>I</span> <span m='131200'>kept</span> <span m='132540'>trying</span> <span m='132850'>to</span> <span m='133020'>reach.</span> </p><p><span m='133490'>So</span> <span m='135980'>it</span> <span m='137490'>is</span> <span m='137710'>very</span> <span m='137970'>challenging</span> <span m='139885'>to</span> <span m='140270'>figure</span> <span m='140650'>out</span> <span m='140910'>what</span> <span m='141190'>the</span> <span m='141260'>impact</span> <span m='141620'>of</span> <span m='141670'>the</span> <span m='141760'>decision</span> <span m='142130'>will</span> <span m='142270'>be</span> <span m='142440'>down</span> <span m='142690'>the</span> <span m='142810'>road.</span> <span m='143120'>Like</span> <span m='144210'>you</span> <span m='144530'>see</span> <span m='144720'>this</span> <span m='144900'>job</span> <span m='145290'>on</span> <span m='145420'>paper,</span> <span m='145730'>it</span> <span m='145810'>looks</span> <span m='145950'>amazing,</span> <span m='146460'>but</span> <span m='146580'>then</span> <span m='146690'>you</span> <span m='146790'>sign</span> <span m='147110'>up</span> <span m='147260'>for it--</span> <span m='147420'>you</span> <span m='147580'>get</span> <span m='147890'>interviewed,</span> <span m='148410'>you</span> <span m='148480'>get</span> <span m='148680'>the</span> <span m='148770'>job,</span> <span m='149510'>but</span> <span m='149710'>then</span> <span m='149850'>you</span> <span m='149940'>end</span> <span m='150180'>up</span> <span m='152470'>not</span> <span m='152660'>liking</span> <span m='153080'>it.</span> <span m='153330'>So</span> <span m='153540'>you</span> <span m='153690'>never</span> <span m='153910'>know.</span> <span m='154140'>It</span> <span m='154510'>can go</span> <span m='154770'>both</span> <span m='155110'>ways.</span> </p><p><span m='155440'>So</span> <span m='157790'>in</span> <span m='157950'>terms</span> <span m='158250'>of</span> <span m='158350'>getting</span> <span m='158650'>jobs</span> <span m='158950'>in</span> <span m='159080'>philanthropy,</span> <span m='160420'>it is</span> <span m='160710'>very</span> <span m='160910'>challenging</span> <span m='161510'>because</span> <span m='161895'>people</span> <span m='162280'>like to</span> <span m='162530'>stay</span> <span m='162620'>where</span> <span m='163070'>they</span> <span m='163350'>are.</span> <span m='163640'>It's a</span> <span m='163880'>very</span> <span m='164660'>well-paying</span> <span m='165760'>field.</span> <span m='167390'>People,</span> <span m='168350'>older</span> <span m='169080'>people</span> <span m='169600'>who have</span> <span m='169910'>made</span> <span m='170260'>it</span> <span m='170510'>really</span> <span m='171100'>far</span> <span m='171850'>in</span> <span m='172010'>the</span> <span m='172610'>ladder</span> <span m='173750'>never</span> <span m='174200'>leave</span> <span m='174680'>because</span> <span m='175010'>they</span> <span m='175080'>have</span> <span m='175240'>great</span> <span m='175490'>benefits,</span> <span m='175980'>they</span> <span m='176070'>have</span> <span m='176290'>great--</span> <span m='179270'>what do</span> <span m='179410'>you</span> <span m='179500'>call</span> <span m='179750'>it?</span> </p><p><span m='180670'>It's</span> <span m='180950'>just</span> <span m='181190'>a</span> <span m='181480'>very</span> <span m='181800'>stress-free</span> <span m='182870'>job,</span> <span m='183890'>because</span> <span m='184630'>you're</span> <span m='184810'>making</span> <span m='185250'>decisions</span> <span m='185920'>on</span> <span m='186080'>where</span> <span m='186350'>grants</span> <span m='186730'>are</span> <span m='186810'>going</span> <span m='186970'>to</span> <span m='187040'>be,</span> <span m='187850'>where</span> <span m='188410'>money is</span> <span m='188770'>going</span> <span m='188920'>to</span> <span m='188980'>go.</span> <span m='189775'>It</span> <span m='190150'>takes</span> <span m='190420'>a</span> <span m='190500'>lot</span> <span m='190690'>of</span> <span m='190770'>work,</span> <span m='191260'>but</span> <span m='191320'>at the</span> <span m='191440'>same</span> <span m='191720'>time,</span> <span m='192240'>it's</span> <span m='192430'>not</span> <span m='192610'>like</span> <span m='192880'>rocket</span> <span m='193180'>science</span> <span m='193680'>or</span> <span m='194260'>it's</span> <span m='194470'>not</span> <span m='194680'>like</span> <span m='195050'>a</span> <span m='195160'>medical</span> <span m='195600'>doctor,</span> <span m='196260'>where</span> <span m='196480'>lives</span> <span m='196880'>are</span> <span m='197670'>on</span> <span m='197770'>the</span> <span m='197870'>line.</span> </p><p><span m='198430'>So</span> <span m='199610'>it</span> <span m='200030'>tends</span> <span m='200330'>to</span> <span m='200450'>be</span> <span m='200760'>a</span> <span m='200900'>very</span> <span m='201280'>closed</span> <span m='202010'>job,</span> <span m='202340'>and</span> <span m='202410'>to</span> <span m='202700'>get</span> <span m='202860'>your</span> <span m='202970'>foot</span> <span m='203170'>in</span> <span m='203270'>the</span> <span m='203370'>door,</span> <span m='203710'>you</span> <span m='203870'>really</span> <span m='204230'>have</span> <span m='204460'>to</span> <span m='204610'>work</span> <span m='204690'>hard.</span> <span m='205770'>I</span> <span m='205870'>just</span> <span m='206120'>happen</span> <span m='206530'>to</span> <span m='207180'>have</span> <span m='207490'>searched</span> <span m='207950'>for</span> <span m='208190'>eight</span> <span m='208430'>months--</span> <span m='209100'>eight</span> <span m='209230'>months</span> <span m='209530'>I</span> <span m='209570'>was</span> <span m='209710'>looking</span> <span m='209980'>for</span> <span m='210170'>a job</span> <span m='210550'>in</span> <span m='211320'>philanthropy,</span> <span m='212710'>and</span> <span m='213620'>after</span> <span m='214130'>numerous,</span> <span m='214560'>numerous,</span> <span m='214850'>interviews,</span> <span m='215945'>I</span> <span m='216320'>landed</span> <span m='216760'>this</span> <span m='216970'>one.</span> </p><p><span m='217797'>So</span> <span m='218930'>and</span> <span m='219580'>I</span> <span m='219660'>have</span> <span m='219830'>two</span> <span m='220010'>kids</span> <span m='221230'>and</span> <span m='221440'>a</span> <span m='221500'>husband,</span> <span m='222090'>and</span> <span m='222630'>I</span> <span m='222750'>commute.</span> <span m='224000'>And it's</span> <span m='224350'>the</span> <span m='224450'>kind</span> <span m='224650'>of</span> <span m='224770'>job</span> <span m='225000'>where I</span> <span m='225380'>can leave at</span> <span m='225775'>5:00</span> <span m='226670'>oftentimes.</span> <span m='227430'>So</span> <span m='227940'>it's</span> <span m='228160'>kind</span> <span m='228380'>of</span> <span m='228520'>ideal</span> <span m='228970'>for</span> <span m='229130'>me.</span> <span m='229590'>I try</span> <span m='229750'>and</span> <span m='229880'>keep</span> <span m='230050'>a</span> <span m='230130'>really</span> <span m='230370'>good</span> <span m='230660'>work-life</span> <span m='231100'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='232576'>I</span> <span m='233070'>seldom</span> <span m='233600'>bring work</span> <span m='233860'>home--</span> <span m='234350'>sometimes</span> <span m='234850'>I</span> <span m='234970'>do,</span> <span m='235250'>and it's</span> <span m='235490'>kind</span> <span m='235670'>of</span> <span m='235750'>nuts.</span> <span m='236220'>When</span> <span m='236700'>someone</span> <span m='237080'>really</span> <span m='237340'>needs</span> <span m='237520'>something.</span> <span m='238420'>So,</span> <span m='238810'>yeah,</span> <span m='239650'>that's</span> <span m='239870'>my</span> <span m='239980'>job--</span> <span m='240330'>grants</span> <span m='240640'>management.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255687,"video_id":"2707987626001","name":"68112290","duration":242133,"thumbnail_url":null}});