Launched in January 2020, the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project is a five-year, peer-to-peer funder initiative to address the inherent power imbalances between foundations and nonprofits. Understanding that these power imbalances are an expression of the social, political, and economic inequalities that many of our nonprofit partners are working to resolve, we interrogate and reimagine relationship. We envision a world where relationships are built on vulnerability, transparency, and humility; where community and nonprofit leaders are valued, supported, and trusted; and where funders bring an awareness of power and equity to their grantmaking.
We are working toward making trust-based philanthropy the norm by partnering with regional networks and engaging in peer learning to support foundation staff and board members on their trust-based learning journeys. Our hope is that at the end of this five-year initiative, we will have built the awareness, tools, and connections necessary for individual, institutional, and sector-wide transformation.