Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Partner Event: Rebuilding Trust in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Thursday, June 16, 2022 -
2:00pm to 3:15pm EDT
Virtual Meeting
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Presented by the Center for Effective Philanthropy

Recent data and research from sources such as the Edelman Trust Barometer suggest declining trust in nonprofits and philanthropy in the United States. Fraying trust in institutions, perceptions that nonprofits and philanthropy are politicized, intensifying critiques of philanthropy as a “ruse” or self-promotion, increasing societal polarization, and well-publicized scandals all may play a part.

How does declining trust in institutions affect our ability as nonprofit organizations to make social change? Could it impact charitable giving? Lead to new governmental regulations? Or make it difficult to build the kinds of partnerships that advance our work? And what can and should philanthropy do to rebuild that trust?

This panel will discuss current challenges, opportunities, and examples to help guide our work.


  • Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy


  • LaTida Smith, President, The Winston-Salem Foundation
  • Chelsea Peters, Chief Strategy Officer, Walton Family Foundation
  • Beth Breeze, Director, Global Challenges Doctoral Centre and Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent
  • Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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