A Day in the Life at Open Society: George Davis


I signaled pretty early on in life that I cared about justice and fairness. I thought I was going to go
into a career in politics. I decided that I wanted to do something completely different, and I really wanted to understand how the philanthropic sector can improve the work that community-based organizations do. The Grant Making Support Group, really our job is to help programs in the national and regional foundations have all of the tools and skills they need to do their grant making in really thoughtful ways. I started as a program specialist in U.S. programs, and then I transitioned over to the grant making support group. Most of what I do is design training materials and facilitate the professional learning workshops that grant makers are involved with. I work with amazing colleagues who are supportive and encouraging. You sort of get a mix of a really global society here, and every day I meet someone new with a new story. I knew coming into this organization that there were people here who were committed to the same ideas, and I think that’s what was most attractive about it. I think all of us are interested in figuring out how to solve really complex problems in the world that have to deal with how we all coexist, and it’s part of the reason why I like coming to work every day.

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