Trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of foundations as a way to mitigate power imbalances between funders and nonprofits. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships from a place of trust rather than distrust, the trust-based framework encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent communication. At first glance, it may seem that trust-based practices can be instituted only by foundation leadership and/or senior management. However, more and more grantmaking professionals at every level are finding the power and opportunity to apply aspects of this framework. We’ll feature examples from grants management professionals establishing trust-based practices, as well as their challenges and lessons. Experienced practitioners in trust-based philanthropy will offer tools and tips to build upon those lessons.
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Presenter: Angela Carr, Grants Manager, Weingart Foundation; Marissa Crawford, Program Associate, International Women’s Health Coalition; Phil Li, President, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; Zia Maumenee, Grants Manager, Headwaters Foundation; and Elaine Mui, Grants & Operations Manager, General Service Foundation