Foundation Work

Earnings Potential

Earnings of wage and salary workers in advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations averaged $14.78 an hour, compared with $15.67 per hour for all workers in private industry in 2004 (table 4). The lower earnings reflect the large proportion of entry-level, part-time jobs. Weekly earnings among civic and social organizations were significantly lower than average, $233, compared with $529 for all workers in private industry in 2004.

Facts at a glance

  • Advocacy, grant making, and civic organizations had 1.2 million wage and salary jobs in 2004, with 75 percent in civic and social organizations or professional and similar organizations.
  • Employers need individuals with strong communication and fundraising skills, because organizations must constantly mobilize public support for their activities.
  • Employment is expected to grow 15 percent as social and demographic shifts increase demand for services.
  • Job opportunities should be excellent in most employment settings because of high job turnover, primarily because of the industry’s relatively low wages.

Summary of what this career entails

Individuals and organizations that are involved in foundation work are performing duties that will affect all of us in one way or another. Most foundation work comes in the form of advocacy, grant making and/or civic organizations. In the United States these organizations work to better its communities and people by addressing issues that directly affect them. The issues are addressed through public services, independent actions or civil engagements. Unlike businesses, organizations specializing in foundation work do not work to make a profit, although sometimes there will be fee charges or the selling of goods to make money for the foundation. Half of foundation organizations are in the business, professional, labor or political field. As an example a business associations’ primary goal is to promote the business interests of its members. Duties the foundation may perform to work towards that goal include researching new products and services, developing marketing statistics, sponsoring quality and certification standards, lobbying public officials and publishing newsletters, books or other publications for its members. 

Examples and or details of work

An example of a foundation is the Akonadi Foundation, which is a foundation whose main goal is to work with people to eliminate racism. The emphasis of this particular foundation is to find out why people are racist, even more so than working to eliminate the racism. The foundation seeks partners who can analyze, define and address what creates racism.

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in foundation work include business administration, public administration, financial management and generic profit non-management.

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific careers in foundation work include director, senior manager, top executive, public relations manager, social community and service manager, human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, accountant, auditor, computer specialist, and social worker. 

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2006-07 Edition, Advocacy, Grantmaking, and Civic Organizations, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs054.htm 

Griesmann, Donald A. Charity Channel. Don Gresmann’s Grant Opportunities. 20 October 2006. 1 November 2006.  http://www.charitychannel.com/publish/templates/?a=11570&z=26

 

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