Foundations program manager

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This page contains all notes on foundations program managers over and above what we put in our career profile. Read the profile first, here.

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What a foundation is

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"...program officers review and recommend grant proposals for funding and program directors supervise and make decisions regarding grant proposals. Investment professionals manage the financial resources and endowment for private foundations and invest to safeguard the future of the foundation. Grants administrators oversee the centralized processing of grants, but at most large foundations they are not involved in the decisions about awarding grants."[1]

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"In 2012, as reported by the National Center for Charitable Statistics, charitable giving was $316.23 billion, a 0.6 percent increase over 2011; foundations gave $50.9 billion that year, less than one percent increase over the previous year."[2]

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Our old profile on Foundations Program Managers