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Courtney Eskew is the Senior Manager for Vetting and Grants at GlobalGiving where she spends her days helping nonprofits access the tools, training, and support they need to make the world a better place. As the largest crowdfunding community in the world, Global Giving is a mission-driven organization that connects nonprofits with donors in nearly every field of philanthropy and all across the globe. In her position, Courtney leads a team working to ensure that every nonprofit that posts a project on GlobalGiving is a legitimate charity run by people who care about philanthropy. A graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee Courtney utilizes her unlikely double major in International Affairs and French Language & Literature to thrive in her multifaceted position. She joins us on this episode of Time4Coffee all the way from London (drinking an English Breakfast tea) to chat about the exciting and rewarding field of development and philanthropy.


  • What are vetting and grants at a nonprofit and what the senior manager of V & G does at a big nonprofit like GlobalGiving
  • How GlobalGiving vets thousands of nonprofits around the world to make sure they are legit  
  • What it’s like to be a young manager and how to lead people who are older than you are
  • Why discovering what you don’t want to be, or do when you graduate, is just as helpful as discovering what you do want to be
  • How extracurriculars can help you hone your career skills before you get into the job marketThod
  • Why you should try to get involved in Improv or Theatre while you’re in school to work on your presentation skills
  • Why you should try to take a financial personal accounting class to prepare you for ‘adulthood’
  • What Courtney learned by building a website and working on a 4-year long project about the history of Memphis
  • How to survive in a toxic workplace and why you should read the book The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t
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