Work in finance? Here's how you could land a job with a foundation

Financial and grant-making experience is sought after by foundations. Photo by: rawpixel from Pixabay 

Foundations play an increasingly important role in global development, contributing billions of dollars in funding each year to tackle issues such as health care, education, and strengthening governance around the world.

The sector has grown considerably in the past two decades. Nearly three-quarters of existing foundations were set up in the past 25 years. The combined expenditure of these organizations exceeds $150 billion each year, which is spent on a range of issues, including overseas development.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.