My Week: Amy Braier deals with the dilemmas of being a funder

The director of the Pears Foundation recounts her week

Amy Braier
Amy Braier

MONDAY - I start my week by shooting the directors of 10 other charitable foundations. No, this isn't a confession to psychopathic tendencies - it's part of a warm-up game at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for a training session on communication and dilemmas in grant-making. Being a funder is rewarding, but difficult conversations and managing expectations are also an aspect of my role. The session is a useful opportunity to reflect.

TUESDAY - After a Skype meeting with one of our consultants, I spend the day working on some of the programmes I manage. Pears has been described as an 'activist' foundation - we get involved in the work we fund - and it can be challenging to balance driving a diverse range of programmes forward, being available to grantees and managing a growing foundation.

WEDNESDAY - I meet the outgoing chief executive of one of our grantees for breakfast. We've worked well together over the past few years, and I want to get his take on the organisation now he is moving on and say a proper goodbye. In the evening, I attend a reception for the children's charity Coram at the Foundling Museum. I listen to a fascinating talk from a child psychiatrist and grab a few canapes before rushing home to my husband, who has locked himself out.

THURSDAY - Off to the House of Commons for a thought-provoking symposium on integration, disadvantage and extremism, organised by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

FRIDAY - I usually keep Fridays free for meetings with colleagues and to clear my inbox. However, today we have a special lunch event to celebrate three years of the UK Task Force on Issues Relating to Arab Citizens of Israel. The guest speaker announces a scholarship fund for Arab students in Israel to widen access to higher education - we announce that the foundation will be its first donor.

The Pears Foundation is a family foundation rooted in Jewish values. Its work is concerned with positive identity and citizenship

Amy Braier is director of the Pears Foundation

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