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PEAK Grantmaking

The Importance of Actively Pursuing New Challenges

As the nonprofit I was working for was closing down, I saw an ad for a grants assistant at a foundation. I was five years into my nonprofit career and I didn’t really know what a foundation was. In hindsight, I’d say I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. The organization that hired me was growing, so I was constantly able to take on new challenges and opportunities. I was fortunate to have managers who were supportive and helped me grow, but I also advocated for myself to be given new responsibilities. After working there a few years, I decided to get a master's in business administration, which was very helpful in giving me a full picture of how nonprofits operate and how to be an effective colleague and manager. After being at a large foundation, I got to a point where I was