We need a new model for the grant manager’s role. One better suited to our quickly changing and increasingly networked world.
An excerpt from my article included in Alliance magazine’s special feature on Talent for Philanthropy in the September 2014 issue.
Scaling solutions, building resilience, catalyzing innovation: these are the philanthropy sector’s buzzwords du jour. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these goals – except that the current program officer position isn’t set up to deliver them. If you want to have social impact, stop thinking of this role as managing a set of grants and instead consider what it means to be a network manager.