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PEAK Grantmaking

Finding a Career Where Thinking, Feeling, and Leading Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Like many of my colleagues and peers, I did not go to college to get a degree in philanthropy. I thought that I would follow in my family’s footsteps and become an attorney or maybe even get involved in politics. I went to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia to work toward a master’s degree in Policy Studies. While finishing a research-related project at the City of Sydney Council, I received an email that would change my life: “Hi everyone—we are looking for a part-time admin to help monitor a matching grants program. Please let me know if you would be interested or if you have anyone else in mind who might be a good fit. Information on the role below.”  What is a grant program? What is required to do this job? How are grants even administered? I had no idea, but I thought to myself,