July 06, 2011

Four Paths to Becoming a Grant Maker

How do grant makers get their jobs?

We recently spoke with four foundation executives, all of whom took different routes to their jobs working in corporate philanthropy or for private foundations.

One came from a background in academe and social work, another is a lawyer who worked in different branches of government, and another came from the business world. And a fourth grant maker worked her way from a low-level foundation job two decades ago.

How did you get started working for a foundation? What advice do you have about the best career paths for people interested in careers in grant making?

Another video on careers: How fund raisers got their start.